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Norse Cosmology

Explore the Norse pantheon and rediscover the classic Germanic gods including Odin, Thor and Loki, Freya, Baldur, Heimdall and more.

Nine Realms

  • Asgard

    A pristine, near perfect place, Asgard was one of the Nine Realms that hung from the branches of the world tree, Yggdrasil. The realm appeared frequently in Norse mythology, as it was the home of Odin, Thor, and Loki, among others. Asgard was connected to Midgard, the realm of humanity, by way of the Bifrost, a rainbow-colored bridge guarded by Heimdall.

  • Alfheim

    One of the Nine Realms in Norse mythology, Alfheim was the home of the light elves and the dark elves. Rarely mentioned and never described, Alfheim was overseen by the Vanir god Freyr. For this reason, it was thought to be a realm brimming with Vanir magic. Alfheim hung from the branches of the world tree Yggdrasil, the cosmological center of all creation.

  • Hel

    One of the Nine Realms, Hel was the Norse underworld and a resting place of the dead. Though the realm was ruled by a cold and distant goddess of the same name, there is considerable debate as to whether or not it was fundamentally a bleak place. Located deep in the roots of Yggdrasil, Hel could be accessed by a road called Helvegr, and was frequently visited by heroes and deities alike.

  • Jotunheim

    One of the Nine Realms in Norse mythology, Jotunheim was the home of the jötunn, creatures that thrived on disorder and destruction. In contrast with civilized Asgard, Jotunheim was a chaotic and lawless place. The realm's notable locations included Utgard, Jotunheim's captial; Thrymheim, home of the giant king Thrym; and Mimir’s well, where Odin sacrificed his eye in the pursuit of knowledge.