Ginnungagap Picture

You know, I'm always surprised at how many people don't read the image descriptions. Personally, I get kind of disappointed if someone doesn't have a good story for me on how the photo came to be. Like *vest. I love his stories.
As you may or may not know, I'm from Northern Minnesota, where we have a rather large Scandinavian population. Most people here have Norwegian or Swedish ancestry, and every summer there are several festivals and cultural gatherings celebrating it. We even have a park named after Leif Erickson, complete with a remade Viking ship. Heck, even our football team is named the Vikings. I myself am 1/4 Swedish and 1/8 Norwegian, and I do strange Scandinavian things like eat lefsa and silta during Christmas time and say things like 'oofda". We even have a weather guy named Sven Sungard.
Titles based on information found on

Ginnungagap ("seeming emptiness"), in the cosmology of Norse mythology, is the primordial void separating Niflheim and Muspell, the land of eternal ice and snow and the land of eternal heat and flame.

In the beginning, before the world of men and gods existed, the spring Hvergelmir, deep in the frozen wastes of Niflheim, gave rise to eleven rivers known as the Elivagar. Over a long period of time, water of the Elivagar ran across Niflheim and poured into the northern part of Ginnungagap. The water froze, forming vast sheets of ice in the void. Hot air from Muspell melted some of the ice, creating a zone of meltwater amid the ice and snow. Here life began, and the first living thing was a frost giant. (See: Ymir.)

Let me know if these look too dark for you. My laptop screen is unusually bright so I can never tell how dark to make an image.
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