Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Norse Gods

Norse paganism or Nordic religion is a term used to describe the spectrum of religious ideas which were common amongst the Germanic tribes living in Nordic countries prior to the advent of Christian missionary activity in Northern Europe. Norse paganism is therefore a subset of Germanic paganism, which was practiced in the lands inhabited by the Germanic tribes across most of Northern and Central Europe until the end of the Viking Age. Our knowledge of Norse paganism is mostly drawn from the results of archaeological field work and early written materials.

List Of Norse Gods

Divided between the Æsir and the Vanir, and sometimes including the jötnar (giants), the dividing line between these groups is less than clear. However, it is usually accepted that the Æsir (including Odin, Thor and Tyr) were warrior gods, while the Vanir (mainly Niord, Freya and Freyr) were fertility gods. Various other groups of beings, including elves, dwarves and jotun were probably minor gods, and might have had small cults and sacred places devoted to them.


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