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The north portal of the 11th century Urnes stave church has been interpreted as containing depictions of snakes and dragons that represent Ragnarök [ 1 ] In Norse mythology , Ragnarök ( UK / ˈ r æ ɡ n ər ɜr k / , [ 2 ] US / ˈ r æ ɡ n ər ɒ k / or / ˈ r æ ɡ n ər ə k / [ 3 ] ) is a series of future events, including a great battle foretold to ultimately result in the death of a number of major figures (including the gods Odin , Thor , Týr , Freyr , Heimdallr , and Loki ), the occurrence of various natural disasters, and the subsequent submersion of the world in water. Afterward, the world will resurface anew and fertile, the surviving and returning gods will meet, and the world will be repopulated by two human survivors. Ragnarök is an important event in the Norse canon, and has been the subject of scholarly discourse and theory.
In Norse mythology , Valhalla (from Old Norse Valhǫll "hall of the slain" [ 1 ] ) is a majestic, enormous hall located in Asgard , ruled over by the god Odin . Chosen by Odin, half of those who die in combat travel to Valhalla upon death, led by valkyries , while the other half go to the goddess Freyja 's field Fólkvangr . In Valhalla, the dead join the masses of those who have died in combat known as Einherjar , as well as various legendary Germanic heroes and kings, as they prepare to aid Odin during the events of Ragnarök . Before the hall stands the golden tree Glasir , and the hall's ceiling is thatched with golden shields.
"Each arrow overshot his head" (1902) by Elmer Boyd Smith. Baldr (also Balder , Baldur ) is a god in Norse mythology . In the 12th century, Danish accounts by Saxo Grammaticus and other Danish Latin chroniclers recorded a euhemerized account of his story. Compiled in Iceland in the 13th century, but based on much older Old Norse poetry , the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda contain numerous references to the death of Baldr as both a great tragedy to the Æsir and a harbinger of Ragnarök . According to Gylfaginning , a book of Snorri Sturluson 's Prose Edda, Baldr's wife is Nanna and their son is Forseti .
In Norse mythology , Jörmungandr ( Old Norse : Jǫrmungandr , pronounced [ˈjɔrmuŋɡandr] ), often written Jormungand , or Jörmungand and also known as the Midgard Serpent ( Old Norse : Midgarðsormr ), or World Serpent , is a sea serpent , the middle child of the giantess Angrboða and the god Loki . According to the Prose Edda , Odin took Loki's three children by Angrboða, the wolf Fenrir , Hel and Jörmungandr, and tossed Jörmungandr into the great ocean that encircles Midgard . [ 1 ] The serpent grew so large that he was able to surround the earth and grasp his own tail. [ 1 ] As a result, he received the name of the Midgard Serpent or World Serpent. When he lets go, the world will end. Jörmungandr's arch-enemy is the god Thor . [ edit ] Sources
Óðinn throws his spear at the Vanir host, illustration by Lorenz Frølich (1895)
The seeress speaks her prophecy in this illustration to a 19th century Swedish translation of the Poetic Edda . A vǫlva or völva ( Old Norse and Icelandic respectively; plural vǫlur (O.N.), völvur (Icel.), sometimes anglicized vala ; also spákona or spækona ) is a shamanic seeress in Norse paganism , and a recurring motif in Norse mythology . [ edit ] Names and etymology The völur were referred to by many names. The Old Norse word vǫlva means "wand carrier" or "carrier of a magic staff", [ 1 ] and it continues Proto-Germanic * walwōn , which is derived from a word for "wand" (Old Norse vǫlr ). [ 2 ] Vala , on the other hand, is a literary form based on Völva . [ 2 ]
Deva ( देव in Devanagari script) is the Sanskrit word for deity , its related feminine term is devi . In modern Hinduism , it can be loosely interpreted as any benevolent supernatural beings. The devas in Hinduism , also called Suras , are often juxtaposed to the Asuras , their half brothers . [ 1 ] Devas are also the maintainers of the realms as ordained by the Trimurti . They are often warring with their equally powerful counterparts, the Asuras . [ edit ] Etymology
In Hinduism , the Asuras ( Sanskrit : असुर ) are non- suras , a different group of power-seeking deities besides the suras, sometimes considered naturalists, or nature-beings. They are the forces of chaos that are in constant battle with Devas . [ edit ] Deities The Daityas and Danavas together were later used for the term Asuras. As time passed, the vedic Asuras began to be referred as the lesser beings while in Avestha, the Persian counterpart of the Vedas, the devas began to be considered as lesser beings.