“I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.”
– Joyce Kilmer
Perhaps Kilmer was on to something.
After Odin and his two brothers killed the giant, Ymir, they used his body and blood to create the world. Afterward, they came to Midgard (Earth) and went for a nice relaxing walk on the beach.
The trio found a couple of lovely trees and worked together to make people out of them. The gods made sure they had souls, intelligence, good looks and clothes. They called the man Askr and the woman Embla. These two humans became the progenitors of the human race.
So if you’ve only ever felt truly at home when walking in a forest, you now know why. You might have stumbled into a family reunion.
~ S.G. Rogers
When Dani was a teen, she had it all; a starring role in her own television series, a wonderful family, and her health. A few years later, everything has changed for the worse—and her time is running short. All she wants to do before she dies is to fall in love, but when she’s kidnapped and taken to Asgard of Norse mythology, she becomes enmeshed in a quarrel between immortals. Prince Rein lends a hand in her quest to return home, and she begins to think the handsome elf has captured her heart. After a magical artifact goes missing, however, he may be forced to marry another woman to avert a diplomatic catastrophe. To find the artifact and save the prince, Dani must undertake a dangerous quest involving ogres, dark fairies, and underworld criminals. Ultimately, however, she’ll have to defy Odin himself.
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10 thoughts on “Fun Facts About Norse Mythology – The Creation of Mankind”
Fun facts I didn’t know. Thanks.
Thanks for reading my post, Caroline. 😀
Wow. I didn’t know that about trees. That explains a whole lot. 😉
It does, doesn’t it? Thanks for stopping by, J.D.
Yeah, you should see my front yard. 😉 My dad could totally have come from a tree somewhere on down our lineage!
My dad was always reluctant to cut down a tree when I was growing up. Now I know why..
I’ve read that the Norse consider themselves the people of the fire. Fire dances and defies the cold. Fire is alive. The Romans who saw the Norse witnessed that they jumped over fire in their celebrations and rites. Creating fire and reproduction was considered a sacred act. Ash is a hard wood and when a stick of ash is rubbed against a softer wood like elm it will create heat and flame on the softer wood. So, Askr (which means ash) is the first man and Embla (which means elm) is the first woman they have the ability to create fire and reproduce.
What I find interesting is that the Norse are 180 different from the Abrahamic religions in regards to creation. Whereas the Abrahamic faiths maintain that man is created first in the image of God and then woman is crafted, the Norse look at this different. Man and woman are crafted at the same time but they are BORING. Odin gives them intellect which is their logic, creativity, and the spark of intelligence. Hoenir gives them beauty. They look at mankind as kindred spirits of a sort vice subjects. The Abrahamic want mankind to follow the natural order created by God. Those are polar opposite ideas. The Aesir look at fire as creativity and independence and the Abrahamic look at fire as a cleasing or punishing thing.
The poll is funny. I like the pictures that you found to post. Ymir doesn’t look enthused to become Midgard.
Okay, I’ve rambled on long enough.
Very informative, Don! No, I don’t think Ymir was excited about being recycled.
It is good that Ymir had hair because that became the forests. What if he were bald?
Well, the gods used Ymir’s eyelashes to built a fortress around Midgard. Maybe Ymir had a fine mat of chest hair that would have come in handy. 😀