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Changelings

Changeling:Dark elves in Norse mythology

The changeling legend- in which a healthy human is exchanged for a malformed fairy- has played a vital role in shaping Norse culture and relations. In this write-up, we will focus on who the changelings were, and how they manifested in different countries, such as England, Ireland, Scandinavia, and Germany. About Changelings Changelings are described …

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Who is Akafroa

Askafroa:The guardian of the ash tree in norse mythology

There are several legendary creatures from Danish, Scandinavian, and German mythology, folklore, and tales, sorted by their societal affiliations and social classification. In this write-up, we will extensively discuss one of the legendary creatures in Norse mythology – Askafroa, who is considered the guardian of the ash tree. Who is Akafroa? Norse mythology features 4 …

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Nøkken

Nøkken:The Water spirit of Norse mythology

Norse Mythology features several mythical creatures such as dwarves, gods, elves, goddesses, giants, and spirits among others. Each one of these creatures is deeply woven into the Norse cultural fabric, including the spirits who were feared and venerated by the Vikings. In this write-up, we will specifically look into Nokken – so for everything you …

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Nerthus Goddess

Nerthus norse goddess facts and symbols meaning

There are several powerful goddesses in Norse mythology who were greatly venerated by the Vikings. One of them was Nerthus, who was an ancient Germanic goddess who participated in the Aesir-Vanir war. Read on to learn more about her. Nerthus Goddess Nerthus was a mysterious goddess associated with peace and prosperity and was greatly venerated …

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vikings

How did the Vikings really look like?

Modern culture identifies different ideas and interpretations of what the Vikings looked like. These perspectives are influenced by modern films and literary works. Notably, most of these perceptions do not accurately describe what the Vikings looked like back then. So, we are left with the question: what did they really look like? Read on to …

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How did the Vikings convert to Christianity

What did the Vikings believe in?

The Vikings were very superstitious people with their own belief system, North mythology that existed before Christianity came into existence. Their belief system guided how they interacted with their neighbors, their clansmen, the wide range of gods, and mystical creatures. That said, what exactly did they believe in? Read on to find out! Vikings Faith …

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Aesir Vanir War

The Aesir Vanir War:Why did the aesir and vanir fight?

Norse mythology and several other Icelandic literary works identify that there are two tribes of gods and goddesses; the first tribe being the Aesir and the second one being the Vanir. The two tribes are quite different from each other. The Vanir were more elderly and entirely pacifistic, while the Aesir gods were more warlike …

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Vikings raid

Why did the Vikings raid?

The Vikings greatly terrorized and raided several territories across medieval Europe for several centuries. While they were often seen as pirates, they were also traders, farmers, colonizers, and the first European explorers of the North Atlantic. But, why exactly did they raid? Read on to find out! Why did the Vikings raid? During the Viking …

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