Norse Mythology Origin

There’s no denying that we can find tons of knowledge and information on the Internet about Norse mythology. But have you ever thought about its origin? If you’re interested and curious where Norse Mythology came from then you’re in the right place!   

Origin of Norse Mythology   

Norse mythology consisted of Scandinavian people’s pre-Christian beliefs, tales and legends. These people include those living in Iceland where most of these were written. Around the 13th century, their oral traditions were then collected, gathered and recorded into manuscripts (the Poetic and Prose Eddas were some of the most popular works that stood the test of time). 

Prose Edda  

The Prose Edda was written by Snorri Sturluson during the 13 century in Iceland. It was also known as the younger edda. Unfortunately, the seven Prose Edda manuscripts that survived weren’t complete and had variations.

Poetic Edda 

The Poetic Edda was different from Snorri Sturluson’s Prose Edda since it was a collection of 29 long Old Norse poems. The poems that were part of this collection were said to had been passed down orally from different poets and singers. 

The poems in the Poetic Edda weren't credited to any particular person although some showed strong individual characteristics that could possibly have been written by specific individuals. 

Other materials

Aside from the two eddas, there were other sources of information like inscriptions, sagas, Scandinavian folklore, places named after gods and picture stones among others.           

One of the most interesting picture stones that was believed to have depicted something related to Norse mythology was the Tjangvide Image Stone. It was a Viking age stone that was said to depict Valkyries welcoming Odin the allfather back to Valhalla.   

Apart from the Tjangvide Image Stone, there were other picture stones which were believed to be Norse-related like the Andre Image Stone III stone. This stone was said to have illustrated Loki being captured by Thor and Loki being punished inside the stone.               


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