Most of us know that Vikings were crazy brutal warriors who didn’t actually wear horned helmets. However, there are a few things you probably were unaware of, some of which might really surprise you. Here are some legendary facts about the feared Norsemen.
The Norse believed that the universe emerged from an empty gulf separating worlds made of ice and fire, inhabited only by a mysterious hermaphroditic being called Ymir. Ymir was the mother and father of the race of the jotuns (chaotic nature spirits).
Eventually, Buri came into existence and his grandchildren Vili, Ve and Odin wanted to create the world and fill it with life. So naturally they had to kill Ymir and make the world out of his body and the sky out of his skull. His blood became the sea, his bones rocks and mountains and his brains the clouds.
Holding it up to the light results in the light briefly turning into a yellow line the points directly to the position of the sun, accurate down to 1 degree.
THEN, Odin stabbed himself with a spear and hung himself from a tree for 9 days and nights to gain the knowledge of the runes (a magical writing system that gave great power to the user). In memory of this, sacrifices to Odin were killed in a similar fashion—including a few not-so-popular kings.
Sunday, the goddess Sol, who was the personified Sun.Monday, after Mani, the god of the Moon.Tuesday for Tyr, the one-armed god of war. His hand was lost by allowing Fenrir, a monstrous wolf (and Loki’s son), to bite it off, because only then could the beast be imprisoned.Wednesday for Woden, better known as Odin, ruler of Asgard.Thursday for Thor, god of lightning.Friday after Freyja, goddess of love, sex, and violent death.