Norse Mythology
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Basic Information

Norse mythology is the best-preserved subset of Germanic Mythology. It covers the myths and folklore of Scandinavia, including the regions of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland.

Deities (including both Aesir and Vanir)

Loki's Spawn

Races and Species in Norse Myth

There's a fair amount of ambiguity and blurring of boundaries between the various species, and often this is compounded by all the poetic nicknames used in the myths. For example, scholars still debate whether the Dwarves and the Dark Elves were two different species, or just two different names for the same single species.

Races and Species in Scandinavian Folklore

Other mythological characters


The Nine Worlds

The nine worlds are connected by the roots and branches of Yggdrasil (The World Tree). Some deities and supernatural beings can travel between them by climbing the tree. The Asgard often use Bifrost (the Rainbow Bridge) instead. Here is the most common list of the 9 worlds:

Some versions or interpretations of Norse myth identify the Dwarves and the Dark Elves as the same species. In such interpretations, Svartalfaheim and Nidavellir are two names for the same place, instead of being two different worlds. These versions generally cast Helheim as the ninth world (instead of just being a location within the world of Niflheim).

Other places:

Myths and Events:

Character concepts

Most of these are likely options for PCs and NPCs alike.

  • Berserker
    • Bear sarker - which may or may not be the same thing as a berserker depending on the magic level of the campaign
  • Gothi - chieftain or priest
  • Nithe - a villainous sorcery and sexual pervert, possibly a shape-shifter
  • Shieldmaiden - a woman warrior
  • Skald - a poet-bard
  • Viking - warrior who sets out on a ship to raid and trade
  • Völva - a norse priestess, it literally means she who carries a Magic Wand

Religious Practices

See also:


Game and Story Use

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