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Asgard (Old Norse: Ásgarðr) is the realm of the gods, the Aesir, in Norse mythology, thought to be separate from the realm of the mortals, Midgard. Originally the world we call Asgard was named Godheim (the home of gods) but as was the case with Midgard, early researchers confused the world of gods for its most prominent castle, and Godheim became Asgard in most sources. Old Norse is the Germanic language once spoken by the inhabitants of Scandinavia and their overseas settlements during the Viking Age, until the 13th century. ... The Aesir (Old Norse Æsir, singular Áss, feminine Ásynja, feminine plural Ásynjur) are the principal pantheon of gods in Norse mythology. ... Norse mythology, Viking mythology or Scandinavian mythology refer to the pre-Christian religion, beliefs and legends of the Scandinavian people. ... For other things of this name, see Midgard (disambiguation). ... For other things of this name, see Midgard (disambiguation). ...

The walls surrounding Asgard were built by a giant (often mistakenly identified as Hrimthurs), in return for which he was to receive in payment the hand of Freya in marriage, and the sun and the moon. This was agreed provided that the work was completed within six months. In order to avoid honouring the agreement, Loki lured away the giant's magic horse, Svadilfari, by transforming himself into a mare. The job was therefore not completed on time, and the gods evaded the payment. In Norse mythology, hrimthurs (rime giant) is any one of the particular tribe of giants who are made of ice and inhabit a land of eternal cold. ... Freyja in Wagners operas See Freya radar for German World War II radar. ... This page is about the Norse god Loki. ... In Norse mythology, Svadilfari was a magical stallion, owned by a hrimthurs (rime giant) disguised as a human stonemason, who built the walls of Asgard and whose name is uncertain. ...

The guardian of Asgard is Heimdall. The plain of Idavoll is the centre of Asgard. The Aesir met there for discussions on important issues — the male gods met in a hall called Gladsheim, and the female gods in a hall called Vingolf. They also met daily at Urd, a well beneath Yggdrasil. Heimdall returns Brisingamen to Freya Heimdall (ON Heimdallr, the prefix Heim- means world, the affix -dallr is of uncertain origin, perhaps it means pole, perhaps bright) is one of the gods in the Norse Mythology. ... In Norse mythology, Idavoll was the central plain in Asgard. ... In Norse mythology, Gladsheim was the meeting hall where the Aesir met to make decisions. ... In Norse mythology, Vingolf was a building in Idavoll built by Odin. ... In Norse Mythology Urd is one of the three Norns (old crones). ... Yggdrasil In Norse Mythology, Yggdrasil (also Mimameid and Lerad) was the World tree, a gigantic tree, thought to connect all the nine worlds of Norse cosmology. ...

Alternative: Ásgard, Ásgardr, Asgardr

Other spellings

  • Common Swedish and Danish form: Asgård
  • Norwegian: Åsgard (also Åsgård)
  • Icelandic: Ásgarður

Norse mythology
The Nine Worlds of Norse Mythology
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