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The Nine Worlds

The Nine Worlds
The Nine Worlds (Old Norse Níu Heimar) are the homelands of the various types of beings found in the pre-Christian worldview of the Norse and other Germanic peoples. They’re held in the branches and roots of the world-tree Yggdrasil. The Nine Worlds as a group are mentioned in a poem in the Poetic Edda.[1] However, no source gives a list of exactly which worlds comprise the nine. Based on the kinds of beings found in Norse mythology and the reference to their homelands in various literary sources, however, we can compile the following tentative reconstruction: Midgard, the world of humanityAsgard, the world of the Aesir tribe of gods and goddessesVanaheim, the world of the Vanir tribe of gods and goddessesJotunheim, the world of the giantsNiflheim, the primordial world of iceMuspelheim, the primordial world of fireAlfheim, the world of the elvesSvartalfheim, the world of the dwarvesHel, the world of the eponymous goddess Hel and the dead References: [1] The Poetic Edda.

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