Twilight of the Gods: Norse Creation Myths and the Birth of Monsters and Man

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A scene from the last phase of Ragnarök, after Surtr has engulfed the world with fire (by Emil Doepler, 1905)

Twilight of the Gods: Norse Creation Myths and the Birth of Monsters and Man

The northern countries that make up Scandinavia, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Denmark and Norway are home to the Norse mythologies; stories that truly reflect the harsh conditions of this part of the world; A dark, ice-gripped universe in which giants and gods wage war against each other in an ongoing cosmic battle that will only cease with the end of the world, the Day of Ragnarok. 

Like the Hindu cosmogony, the Norse creation story is a cyclical one, and after the conflagration of the Day of Ragnarok the cycle will begin again.

Intricate Viking woodwork

Intricate Viking woodwork (Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0)


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