Questions tagged [norse-mythology]

For questions about Norse mythology, the myths and folklore of the old Nordic people. This tag may also be used for questions about the various retellings of these ancient stories, such as for example the 2017 book by English author Neil Gaiman.

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How does the theme of fate manifest in 'Njal's Saga', and how does it differ from the theme of fate in the Aeneid by Virgil?

How is fate/fatalism portrayed in Njal's Saga? And how does it play into the development of the plot? What are some comparisons that can be drawn between fate in Njal's Saga and the Aeneid of Virgil....
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What are the different names of Fenrir / Fenris Wolf?

In the book Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (2017) both the names Fenrir and Fenris Wolf are used. Example, from chapter "Ragnarok: The Final Destiny of the Gods": Fenrir, the great wolf, will free ...
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English standard of the (Prose) Edda?

Gustav Schwab‘s Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece (OT: Die schönsten klassischen Sagen des Altertums) is at least to the German audience the encyclopaedia of Roman and Greek mythology (despite its ...
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What does it mean that different parts of humans are created by different gods?

While looking at Norse Mythology to write this question, I read a passage of the book more closely than I had before, and noticed something interesting. When humans are created, the brothers Odin, ...
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Are man and woman like ash and elm? How?

In Neil Gaiman's adaptation of the Norse myths, Norse Mythology, it is sometimes clear that certain elements are used in the stories as a way for the Norse people to transmit useful information and ...