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You are here: These are the areas which are currently available in the Encyclopedia Mythica. Click on one of the links below or use the quick-jump menu on the right to directly go to the area of your choice. Mythology The mythology area is divided in 6 geographical regions: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Oceania. Folklore Folklore from all over the world, including cryptozoology. Bestiary A bestiary with legendary and mythical creatures. Heroes The most famous heroes and heroines from many cultures, among which Greek, Japanese, and Norse. Image gallery Hundreds of images of deities, heroes, and creatures from many mythologies. Genealogy The genealogy tables of various pantheons and prominent Houses. Featured items Area with various interesting mythology and folklore related items, such as Witchcraft and the Arabian Nights. Related:  Norse Heritage

10 Disturbing Episodes from Norse Mythology Most people have some passing familiarity with Norse mythology and legend. Even the days of our modern week are named after its gods and goddesses. But there is a dark side to the Nordic mythos that few people are aware of. Some of the episodes described below reveal uncomfortable truths about the cosmos. 1. The Norse believed that the universe emerged from an empty, yawning gulf separating worlds made of ice and fire, respectively, inhabited only by a mysterious, hermaphroditic being named Ymir, who became the mother and father of the race of the jotuns, chaotic nature spirits that would later be the enemies of the Norse gods. The act of sacrifice gave great power to the three brothers, and they proceeded to give life and intelligence to human beings. 2. Popular literature makes Odin the most important of the Norse gods, but in reality he was an unpopular deity and his cult was never widespread beyond poets, shamans and kings. But worse was yet to come. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Celtic Twilight- Compendium of Celtic and King Arthur Legends and Resources 30 Days of WorldBuilding By popular demand, you can now download the Magical WorldBuilder Guide in three easy-to-carry (non-DRM) formats: PDF for printing out at home or reading on a computerePub for use with many fine ereader devicesMOBI for use with Kindles and MobiPocket software.As of 2007, The world-builder exercises are licensed under a Creative Commons license to help you in deciding whether you can translate (yes, with credit back), distribute to your writing group (yes, with credit), sell (not without permission), reprint (yes, for non-commercial purposes), or mirror (yes, with credit back) this useful guide! In October, 2004, I posted 30 days of world-building exercises to the NaNoWriMo discussion forums. A lot of times, people want to write a novel and think "I want to write fantasy, but there's so much world-building I would have to do-- I haven't done any of it!" So, give yourself 7 and a half hours this month-- 15 minutes a day-- to build a world.

Runic translator In his book 'The Hobbit' J.R.R. Tolkien uses a variant of the anglo-saxon runes for the writing on Thror's map. The translator on this page uses these runes to translate an English text into runic script. To use the translator simply enter your text in the text box and click the Translate button. When you translate a text you will see that the entered English text is also modified somewhat. Translator A little game Enter some text in the text box and then click the Translate and Clear text buttons. About the runes In 'The Hobbit' Tolkien does not make use of the full set of anglo-saxon runes, but uses only the ones in the following table. Of course the unknown symbol is not a real rune. More about runes There are many sites on the internet that relate to Tolkien's use of anglo-saxon and other runes. Tolkien's rune alphabet. This computerized program about Germanic Mythology was an Independent Study project created by Bridget Herrera. She graduated from Dickinson College with a Bachelor's degree in the field of German studies, and a concentration in Nordic/Celtic mythology. This program was completed in August 1995 with special thanks to Prof. Beverley Eddy of the German Department, and Robert Cavenagh and Tom Smith of the Instructional Media Center. The Germanic Myth of Creation Germanic Cosmography The Twilight of the Gods The Germanic Gods Review Notes Bibliography Questions? All rights reserved. World Mythology, Folklore, Cultures and Classical Studies Mythical Creatures List, Mythical Creatures A-Z Heroes of History - The Heroic Monomyth As of July 1, 2013 ThinkQuest has been discontinued. We would like to thank everyone for being a part of the ThinkQuest global community: Students - For your limitless creativity and innovation, which inspires us all. Teachers - For your passion in guiding students on their quest. Partners - For your unwavering support and evangelism. Parents - For supporting the use of technology not only as an instrument of learning, but as a means of creating knowledge. We encourage everyone to continue to “Think, Create and Collaborate,” unleashing the power of technology to teach, share, and inspire. Best wishes, The Oracle Education Foundation - Your Guide To The Gods Norse Mythology - Gods and Goddesses of Norse Mythology Gods and Goddesses of Norse mythology. Resources on Norse mythology, Ragnarok, the Aesirs and Vanirs, the nine worlds (Asgard, Midgad, Vanaheim, Alfheim, Niflheim, Hel, Jotunheim, Muspelheim, Svartalfheim, and Nidavellir), and genealogies. Myth Monday - A Norse God of WinterUllr was a Norse god of winter, also associated with death, the yew tree, and the Northern Lights. Norse MythologyBackground information on Norse mythology. Why Is Gold Called Sif’s Hair? Loki - Norse Trickster GodLoki was the trickster god in Norse mythology. Norse Gods and GoddessesInformation on gods and goddesses of Norse mythology: Balder, Forseti, Freya, Freyr, Frigg, Hod, Loki, Nanna, Njord, Odin, Thor, and Tyr. Norse Gods and Norse GoddessesResources on Norse gods and goddesses. TyrTyr ThorThor OdinOdin KvasirA quick look at the story of Kvasir as told by Snorri Sturleson. NjordNjord NannaNanna LokiLoki HodHod FriggFrigg FreyrFreyr FreyaFreya ForsetiForseti OdherirGlossary entry on Odherir. BalderBalder