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List of Gods   : "Scandinavian"

NameOriginDescription
God name "Ases" Scandinavian Gods of benevolence. Scandinavian
"Balmung or Gram" Scandinavian The sword of Siegfried, forged by Wieland, the Vulcan of the Scandinavians. Wieland, in a trial of merit, clove Amilias, a brother smith, through steel helmet and armour, down to the waist; but the cut was so fine that Amilias was not even aware that he was wounded till he attempted to move, when he fell into two pieces. Scandinavian
"Bergelmir aka Bergelmer" Scandinavian A frost-giant, father of the Jotuns, or second dynasty of giants, son of Thrudgelmer and grandson of Aurgelmer. Scandinavian
"Bleidablik [vast splendour]" Scandinavian The abode of Baldur, the Scandinavian Apollo.
"Brisingamen" Scandinavian Freyja's necklace made by the fairies. Freyja left her husband Odin in order to obtain this necklace; and Odin deserted her because her love was changed into vanity. It is not possible to love Brisingamen and Odin too, for no one can serve two masters.
"Bure" Scandinavian The first woman, and sister of Borr, the father of Odin. Scandinavian
God name "Descended into hell" Greek Means the place of the dead. (Anglo-Saxon, helan, to cover or conceal, like the Greek "Hades," the abode of the dead, from the verb a-cido, not to see. In both cases it means "the unseen world"; or "the world concealed from sight." The god of this nether world was called "Hades" by the Greeks, and "Hel" or "Hela" by the Scandinavians. In some counties of England to cover in with a roof is "to hell the building," and thatchers or tilers are termed "helliers."
Hero name "Dwarf Alberich" Scandinavian Is the guardian of the famous "hoard" won by Siegfried from the Nibelungs. The dwarf is twice vanquished by the hero, who gets possession of his Tarn-kappe (cloak of invisibility). Nibelungen Lied
Deities name "Dyser" Scandinavian The deities who conduct the souls of the deceased to the palace of Odin. Scandinavian
"Egil" Scandinavian Brother of Weland, the Vulcan of Northern mythology. Egil was a great archer, and his tale is the exact counterpart of the famous fable about William Tell.
"Eirek" Scandinavian Whilst ourneying toward Paradise he came to a stone bridge guarded by a dragon and, on entering its mouth, found that he had arrived in a world of bliss. Scandinavian
"Elivager" Scandinavian A cold venomous stream which issued from Niflheim, and in the abyss called the Ginnunga Gap, hardening into layer upon layer of ice. Scandinavian
"Elle-Maid" Scandinavian Elle-Women, Elle-Folk, Scandinavian fairies.
God name "Har" Scandinavian The first person of the Scandinavian Trinity, which consists of Har (the Mighty), the Like Mighty, and the Third Person. This Trinity is called "The Mysterious Three," and they sit on three thrones above the Rainbow. The next in order are the Aesir, of which Odin, the chief, lives in Asgard, on the heavenly hills between earth and the Rainbow. The third order is the Vanir - the gods of the ocean, air, and clouds - of which Van Niord is the chief. Har has already passed his ninth incarnation; in his tenth he will take the forms first of a peacock, and then of a horse, when all the followers of Mahomet will be destroyed.
Goddess name "Hel or Hela" Scandinavian queen of the dead, is goddess of the ninth earth or nether world. She dwelt beneath the roots of the sacred ash (yggdrasil), and was the daughter of Loki. The All-father sent her into Helheim, where she was given dominion over nine worlds, and to one or other of these nine worlds she sends all who die of sickness or old age. Her dwelling is Elvidnir (dark clouds), her dish Hungr (hunger), her knife Sullt (starvation), her servants Ganglati (tardy-feet), her bed Kor (sickness), and her bed-curtains Blikiandabol (splendid misery). Half her body was blue. Scandinavian
Goddess name "Hertha" Scandinavian Mother earth. Worshipped by all the Scandinavian tribes with orgies and mysterious rites, celebrated in the dark. Her veiled statue was transported from district to district by cows which no hand but the priest's was allowed to touch. Tacitus calls this goddess Cybele.
"Hrim Thursar" Norse A new race begat by the only man and woman to survive the Great Flood. All Norse traced their descent to the Hrim Thursar, or "Hoar Frost." Scandinavian
"Iormungandur" Scandinavian Iormungandr. The Midgard serpent. The serpent that encompasses the whole earth. Scandinavian
Supreme god name "Jumala" Finnland The supreme god of the ancient Finns and Lapps. The word is sometimes used by the Scandinavian poets for the Almighty.
"Junner" Scandinavian A giant in Scandinavian mythology, said in the Edda to represent the "eternal principle." Its skull forms the heavens; its eyes the Sun and moon; its shoulders the mountains; its bones the rocks, etc.; hence the poets call heaven "Junner's skull;" the Sun, "Junner's right eye;" the moon, "Junner's left eye;" the rivers, "the ichor of old Junner."
"Lidskialfa" Scandinavian The terror of nations. The throne of Alfader, whence he can view the whole universe. Scandinavian
"Liosalfar" Scandinavian The light Alfs who dwell in the city Alf-heim. They are whiter than the Sun. Scandinavian
"Merry Dun of Dover" Scandinavian A large mythical ship, which knocked down Calais steeple in passing through the Straits of Dover, and the pennant, at the same time, swept a flock of sheep off Dover cliffs into the sea. The masts were so lofty that a boy who ascended them would grow grey before he could reach deck again. Scandinavian
"Miolnier" Scandinavian Mjolnir [the crusher]. The magic hammer of Thor. It would never fail to hit a Troll; would never miss to hit whatever it was thrown at; would always return to the owner of its own accord; and became so small when not in use that it could be put into Thor's pocket. Scandinavian
"Munnin (Memory)" Scandinavian One of the two ravens that sit perched on the shoulders of Odin; the other is Hugin (thought). Scandinavian
"Nastrond" Scandinavian Nastrond [dead-man's region ]. The worst marsh in the infernal regions, where serpents pour forth venom incessantly from the high walls. Here the murderer and the perjured will be doomed to live for ever. Scandinavian
"Nick" Scandinavian A water-wraith or kelpie. There are nicks in sea, lake, river, and waterfall. Both Catholic and Protestant clergy have laboured to stir up an aversion to these beings. They are sometimes represented as half-child, half-horse, the hoofs being reversed, and sometimes as old men sitting on rocks wringing the water from their hair. This kelpie must not be confounded with the nix. Scandinavian
"Nicor" Scandinavian A sea-devil, in Scandinavian mythology, who eats sailors. It was three fathoms long, with the body of a bison-bull, and the head of a cat, the beard of a man, and tusks an ell long, lying down on its breast.
"Nis or Nisse" Scandinavian A Kobold or Brownie. A Scandinavian fairy friendly to farmhouses.
"Nor" Scandinavian The giant, father of night. He dwelt in Utgard. Scandinavian
"O'dur" Scandinavian Husband of Freyja, whom he deserted. Scandinavian
Spirit name "Odhaerir" Scandinavian The mead or nectar made of Kvasir's blood, kept in three jars. The second of these jars is called Sohn, and the Bohn. Probably the nectar is the "spirit of poetry." Scandinavian
Supreme god name "Odin" Scandinavian Chief god of the Scandinavians. His real name was Sigge, son of Fridulph, but he assumed the name of Odin when he left the Tanais, because he had been priest of Odin, supreme god of the Scythians. He became the All-wise by drinking from Mimer's fountain, but purchased the distinction at the cost of one eye. His one eye is the Sun. The father of Odin was Bor. His brothers are Vile and Ve. His wife is Frigga. His sons, Thor and Balder. His mansion is Gladsheim. His seat, Valaskjalf. His court as war-god, Valhalla. His hall, Einherian. His two black ravens are Hugin (thought) and Munin (memory). His steed, Sleipnir. His ships, Skidbladnir and Naglfar. His spear, Gungner, which never fails to hit the mark aimed at. His ring, Draupner, which every ninth night drops eight other rings of equal value. His throne is Hlidskjalf. His wolves, Geri and Freki. He will be ultimately swallowed up by the wolf Fenris or Fenrir. Scandinavian
Demon name "Old Scratch" Scandinavian The devil; so called from Schratz or Skratti, a demon of Scandinavian mythology.
God name "Othin" Scandinavian The god of magic, but there is no other reference to his ever having disguised himself as a witch. Poetic Eddas
"Paradise of Fools" Roman The Hindus, Mahometans, Scandinavians, and Roman Catholics have devised a place between Paradise and "Purgatory" to get rid of a theological difficulty. If there is no sin without intention, then infants and idiots cannot commit sin, and if they die cannot be consigned to the purgatory of evil-doers; but, not being believers or good-doers, they cannot be placed with the saints. The Roman Catholics place them in the Paradise of infants and the Paradise of Fools.
King name "Promise of Odin" Norse The most binding of all promises to a Scandinavian. In making this promise the person passed his hand through a massive silver ring kept for the purpose; or through a sacrificial stone, like that called the "Circle of Stennis." Norse
Demon name "Rakshasas" Scandinavian when Brahma created the demons, Yakshas and the Rakshasas, both of which kinds of demons, as soon as born, wished to devour their creator, those among them that called out 'Not so! oh, let him be saved were named Rakshasas. The Bhagavata Purana
"Rimfaxi [Frost-mane]" Scandinavian The horse of night, the foam of whose bit causes dew. Scandinavian
"Rimthursar" Scandinavian Brother of Y'mer. They were called the "Evil Ones." Scandinavian
"Ryme" Scandinavian The Frost giant, the enemy of the elves and fairies. At the end of the world this giant is to be the pilot of the ship Naglefare. Scandinavian
God name "Siguna" Scandinavian wife of Loki. She nurses him in his cavern, but sometimes, as she carries off the poison which the serpents gorge, a portion drops on the god, and his writhings cause earthquakes. Scandinavian
God name "Soma" Scandinavian To drink the Soma. To become immortal. In the Vedic hymns the Soma is the moon-plant, the juice of which confers immortality, and exhilarates even the gods. It is said to be brought down from heaven by a falcon. Scandinavian
"Trows" Scandinavian Dwarfs of Orkney and Shetland mythology, similar to the Scandinavian Trolls. There are land-trows and sea-trows. "Trow tak' thee" is a phrase still used by the island women when angry with their children.
"Urda" Scandinavian Verdandi, and Skulda. The three Nornir (Past, Present, and Future) who dwell in a beautiful hall below the ash-tree Yggdrasil'. Their employment is to engrave on a shield the destiny of man. Scandinavian
"Urda Urdan" Scandinavian Urda or Urdan Fount. The sacred fount of light and heat, situated over the Rainbow Bridge, Bifrost. Scandinavian
King name "Wayland" Scandinavian Wayland the Scandinavian Vulcan, was son of the sea-giant Wate, and the sea-nymph Wac-hilt. He was bound apprentice to Mimi the smith. king Nidung cut the sinews of his feet, and cast him into prison, but he escaped in a feather-boat.
God name "Well of Wisdom" Scandinavian This was the well under the protection of the god Mimir. Odin, by drinking thereof, became the wisest of all beings. Scandinavian