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The Mysteries of Vikings: The Giants, Dwarfs, and Monsters

Human lived alongside gods, dwarfs, elves, monsters, and giants- and although the giants were defined in myth by their role as the god’s adversaries and eventual destroyers, relations between the two races were not exclusively hostile. There were, in facts, many liaisons between gods and giantesses.

The Mysteries of Vikings: The Giants, Dwarfs, and Monsters

By Mr Ghaz, December 15, 2010

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The Mysteries of Vikings: The Giants, Dwarfs, and Monsters

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Thor himself was born of the union between Odin and Jord, while Freyr and Freyja were the offspring of the Vanir god Njord and the giantess Skadi. Giants could even on occasion show kindness, as they did to the young prince Agnar, rightful heir to a kingdom that had been usurped by his brother; making his way to Jotunheim, Agnar found shelter and fair treatment of a kind that had eluded him in the human world.

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Generally, though, the giants were depicted in the myths as dull and slow- witted- Loki regularly out foxed them. Giants were fearsome above all for their huge size, for they towered even over the gods- in one comic tale, Thor and Loki mistook a giant’s discarded glove for a building, spending the night in one of its fingers.

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As creatures of the cold and the dark, giants turned to stone if the sun’s rays fell upon them- a characteristic they shared with dwarfs, who lived underground where sunlight never shone. The dwarfs were renowned for their craft skills, responsible for fashioning such marvels as Thor’s hammer in their subterranean workshops. The trolls, too made their homes underground, although in later folk beliefs the mounds in which they lived had tops that cloud be raised pillars to let in daylight. Savage and uncouth, the trolls resided in Jotunheim alongside the giants, often acting as their servants.

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  1. Christine Ramsay

    On December 15, 2010 at 10:17 am


    This is such an interesting piece. I love anything to do with Viking mythology and there is much new information for me here. Wel done ghaz.

    Christine

  2. lillyrose

    On December 15, 2010 at 10:36 am


    I loved this write! I am not sure I believe in all the stories but then again they are only myths and so are not true but I love the history!

  3. giritharanj

    On December 15, 2010 at 11:56 am


    nice share

  4. CHAN LEE PENG

    On December 15, 2010 at 12:24 pm


    Viking’s life is full of legends. I read on him since I was small.

  5. Betty Carew

    On December 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm


    Wonderful article Mr. Ghaz very interesting and informative as usually.

  6. Anupatil

    On December 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm


    Nice share

  7. Brewed Coffee

    On December 15, 2010 at 7:20 pm


    I didn’t know giants hide from the sun. Learned something new here. Mythology is really interesting.

  8. strategy03

    On December 16, 2010 at 12:52 am


    Weldon article

  9. Yovita Siswati

    On December 16, 2010 at 1:30 am


    Great work! I love reading story about the Viking when little.

  10. Rehoboth

    On December 16, 2010 at 3:01 am


    nice post

  11. albert1jemi

    On December 16, 2010 at 9:35 am


    gud work

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