Thursday, 9 June 2016
War Of The Gods, Chapter I
There are nine worlds in the Tree:
the loftiest world is Asgard of Odin and the Aesir;
west of Asgard is Vanaheim of the Vanir;
below the gods are -
sea-encircled Midgard of men,
worlds of elves and dwarves,
north of Midgard, Jotunheim of the jotuns or thursir.
That seems to be only six worlds? I have found lists here and here. I have also seen a list that differentiated between light elves and dark elves but I think that the latter were identified with dwarves? The Wiki article differentiates three abodes of the dead:
Niflheimr for the dishonorable;
Valhalla in Asgard for dead warriors;
Hel for everyone else -
- but also says that Hel could be regarded as part of Niflheim. And there is yet another hereafter: Aegir's Hall for drowned sailors.
The Aesir are lords over -
the Northern Lights
They hunt, breed horses and kine and marry.
The Vanir are gods of -
the dark and lawless
They do not marry and their women are often witches.
Jotuns, the oldest race, sprung from Ymir, include:
some human-like, even comely
They remember that Odin and his brothers killed Ymir.