Holy cow

Holy cow

I´m going to dive back into the creation myths of Norse mythology – back to the very beginning. I have previously told you about Ymer, the first giant, so let´s start at his dinner table. Everybody knows a giant can´t live on air and luckily for Ymer he did not have...
The Midsummer’s eve

The Midsummer’s eve

Today, the 24th of June, is when we celebrate Midsummer in Sweden. It´s Sweden’s second biggest holiday after Julafton (Christmas) and the tradition stretches back to ancient times. The modern celebration is of course very different from the old ways, traditions do...
A cursed golden ring

A cursed golden ring

I´m going to keep to the gold theme from my last post and tell you a story about cursed gold. It´s very obvious that gold was of great value in Norse mythology and were regarded with great respect. Unfortunate there is also more than one example of gold that harms...
Let’s talk gold!

Let’s talk gold!

I´m no scholar. I do not remember everything I read and reading trough the Edda can be a bit challenging when it´s not the most modern way of telling stories. Still, one thing strikes me clear as a lightning from a hammer – there is allot of reference to gold in that...
What´s with the name Jörmungandr?

What´s with the name Jörmungandr?

To be frank, even for someone who speaks a Scandinavian language that name makes the tongue trip over itself. It´s the true name of the Midgard serpent and the correct translation would be something like ‘The giant rod’. Jörmungandr is one of three siblings. The...
Sunday is never late

Sunday is never late

Back in old Scandinavia the connection between the day and the sun was not completely understood. Each phenomena were ascribed to one separate divine entity. In other word, the day could exist without the sun and the sun could travel over the skies without it being...