The Almighty: Norse Picture

Well, it is about time, wouldn't you agree? Tektek as finally started to work for me and I have begun creating again I have a lot of catch up to do. So I decided first and foremost I would finish my The Almighty: Norse series as I have been promising it for ages. So here it is in all it's Germanic glory. Enjoy, and please comment if you favorite I love to hear any feedback you might have, or possible ideas for me? Please I ask you reframe from posting, "Why didn't you add?" or "You left out "Blank'?" I cannot add ever single god, deity or divinity to the series.

I have staged it so the three major Norse gods are first, Odin, Thor and his adoptive brother, the trickster Loki. Odin, the all father. Semi-Blind god of Wisdom. Ruler of Asgard. Homologous with the Anglo-Saxon "Wōden" and the Old High German "Wotan", the name is descended from Proto-Germanic "*Wodanaz" or "*Wōđanaz". Odin is a principal member of the Æsir (the major group of the Norse pantheon) and is associated with war, battle, victory and death, but also wisdom, magic, poetry, prophecy, and the hunt. Odin has many sons, the most famous of whom is Thor. Odin and his brothers, Vili and Ve, are attributed with slaying Ymir, the Ancient Giant, to form Midgard. His consort is Frigg. Gungnir is the spear of the god Odin. Odin had three residences in Asgard. First was Gladsheim, a vast hall where he presided over the twelve Diar or Judges, whom he had appointed to regulate the affairs of Asgard. Second, Valaskjálf, built of solid silver, in which there was an elevated place, Hlidskjalf, from his throne on which he could perceive all that passed throughout the whole earth. Third was Valhalla (the hall of the fallen), where Odin received the souls of the warriors killed in battle, called the Einherjar. The souls of women warriors, and those strong and beautiful women whom Odin favored, became Valkyries, who gather the souls of warriors fallen in battle (the Einherjar), as these would be needed to fight for him in the battle of Ragnarök. They took the souls of the warriors to Valhalla. Valhalla has five hundred and forty gates, and a vast hall of gold, hung around with golden shields, and spears and coats of mail.

The Mighty Thor, and no not from Marvel Comics(was it Marvel? whatever), Thor god associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, destruction, fertility, healing, and the protection of mankind. However most widely known as the God of Thunder. Generally described as fierce-eyed, red-haired and red-bearded. Thor is frequently referred to in place names, the day of the week Thursday ("Thor's day") bears his name, and names stemming from the pagan period containing his own continue to be used today. Thor wields a great weapon, a hammer named Mjölnir, capable of leveling mountains. It would also return to him if thrown.

Loki is a god or jötunn, most often associated with mischief. Loki is the father of Hel, the wolf Fenrir, and the world serpent Jörmungandr. Loki gave birth—in the form of a mare—to the eight-legged horse Sleipnir. Sleipnir is Odin's steed. Loki is a shape shifter and uses this power to both help and hinder the gods. Loki's positive relations with the gods ends with his role in engineering the death of the god Baldr. Loki is eventually bound by the gods with the entrails of one of his sons. A serpent drips venom from above him that his wife Sigyn collects into a bowl. However, Sigyn must empty the bowl when it is full, and the venom that drips in the mean time causes Loki to writhe in pain, thereby causing earthquakes. With the onset of Ragnarök, Loki is foretold to slip free from his bonds and to fight against the gods among the forces of the jötnar, at which time he will encounter the god Heimdallr and the two will slay each other.

Frigg the goddess of motherhood and marriage. She is the wife of Odin, and is the "foremost among the goddesses" and the queen of Asgard. She is described as having the power of prophecy yet she does not reveal what she knows. Frigg is described as the only one other than Odin who is permitted to sit on his high seat Hlidskjalf and look out over the universe. The reason for the clouds in the picture is from the inspiration I drew from seeing "Frigg spinning the clouds", by J C Dollman.

Baldr is the god of Beauty. Baldr is killed by his brother, the blind god Höðr(ften anglicized as Hod, Hoder, or Hodur). According to the Prose Edda and the Poetic Edda the goddess Frigg made everything in existence swear never to harm Baldr, except for the mistletoe which she found too young to demand an oath from. The gods amused themselves by trying weapons on Baldr and seeing them fail to do any harm. Loki, upon finding out about Baldr's one weakness, made a missile from mistletoe, and helped Höðr shoot it at Baldr. After this Odin and the giantess Rindr gave birth to Váli who grew to adulthood within a day and slew Höðr. His death is seen as the first in the chain of events which will ultimately lead to the destruction of the gods at Ragnarök. Baldr will be reborn in the new world, according to Völuspá.

Hel, is a both a being and a place. In the Poetic Edda, Prose Edda, and Heimskringla, Hel is referred to as a daughter of Loki, and to "go to Hel" is to die. In the Prose Edda book Gylfaginning, Hel is described as having been appointed by the god Odin as ruler of a realm of the same name, located in Niflheim. In the same source, her appearance is described as half-black and half-flesh colored, and as further having a gloomy, down-cast appearance. The Prose Edda details that Hel rules over vast mansions, her servants in her underworld realm, and as playing a key role in the attempted resurrection of the god Baldr. High details that in this realm Hel has "great Mansions" with extremely high walls and immense gates, a hall called Éljúðnir, a dish called "Hunger," a knife called "Famine," the servant Ganglati (Old Norse "lazy walker"), the serving-maid Ganglöt (also "lazy walker"), the entrance threshold "Stumbling-block," the bed "Sick-bed," and the curtains "Gleaming-bale. Hel rules over the dishonored dead, those who died of sickness or old age. Niflheim or Helheim would be the equivalent of Hell or other damnable underworld opposite of Valhalla which would be like heaven or paradise.

Freyja is a goddess associated with love, beauty, fertility, gold, seiðr(or Seid, an Old Norse term for a type of sorcery or witchcraft), war, and death. Freyja is the owner of the necklace Brísingamen, rides a chariot driven by two cats, owns the boar Hildisvíni, possesses a cloak of falcon feathers, and, by her husband Óðr, is the mother of two daughters, Hnoss and Gersemi. Along with her brother Freyr (Old Norse the "Lord"), her father Njörðr, and her mother (Njörðr's sister, unnamed in sources), she is a member of the Vanir. Freyja and her afterlife field Fólkvangr, where she receives half of the slain, has been theorized as connected to the Valkyries.

Freyr is one of the most important gods of Norse paganism. Freyr was highly associated with farming, weather and, as a phallic fertility god, Freyr "bestows peace and pleasure on mortals". In the Icelandic books the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda, Freyr is presented as one of the Vanir, the son of the sea god Njörðr, brother of the goddess Freyja. The gods gave him Álfheimr, the realm of the Elves, as a teething present. He rides the shining dwarf-made boar Gullinbursti and possesses the ship Skíðblaðnir which always has a favorable breeze and can be folded together and carried in a pouch when it is not being used. He has the servants Skírnir, Byggvir, and Beyla. The most extensive surviving Freyr myth relates Freyr's falling in love with the female jötunn Gerðr. Eventually, she becomes his wife but first Freyr has to give away his magic sword which fights on its own "if wise be he who wields it". Although deprived of this weapon, Freyr defeats the jötunn Beli with an antler. However, lacking his sword, Freyr will be killed by the fire jötunn Surtr during the events of Ragnarök.

Njörðr is a god among the Vanir. Njörðr is father of the deities Freyr and Freyja by his unnamed Van sister. He had an ill-fated marriage with the goddess Skaði. He lives in Nóatún and is associated with sea, seafaring, wind, fishing, wealth, and crop fertility.

Skaði is a jötunn or giant and goddess associated with bowhunting, skiing, winter, and mountains. Skaði so feared by the gods, they atonned for their killing of her father Þjazi that Skaði married the god Njörðr. She could only chose a husband by the seeing the soles of their feet, hoping for Baldr but instead get's Njörðr. Loki was giving the task of making the giantess laugh, which was thought impossible. Odin took Þjazi's eyes, lunged them into the sky, and from the eyes made two stars. In Heimskringla, Skaði is described as having split up with Njörðr and as later having married the god Odin, and that the two produced many children together. In both the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda, Skaði is responsible for placing the serpent that drips venom onto the bound Loki

Tyr is the god of single combat, victory and heroic glory, portrayed as a one-handed man. According to the Poetic Edda and Prose Edda, at one stage the gods decided to shackle the Fenris wolf (Fenrir), but the beast broke every chain they put upon him. Eventually they had the dwarves make them a magical ribbon called Gleipnir. It appeared to be only a silken ribbon but was made of six wondrous ingredients: the sound of a cat's footfall, the beard of a woman, the roots of a mountain, bear's sinews (meaning nerves, sensibility), fish's breath and bird's spittle. The creation of Gleipnir is said to be the reason why none of the above exist. Fenrir sensed the gods' deceit and refused to be bound with it unless one of them put his hand in the wolf's mouth. Tyr, known for his great wisdom and courage, agreed, and the other gods bound the wolf. After Fenrir had been bound by the gods, he struggled to try and break the rope. When the gods saw that Fenrir was bound they all rejoiced, except Tyr, who had his right hand bitten off by the wolf. Fenrir will remain bound until the day of Ragnarök. As a result of this deed, Tyr is called the "Leavings of the Wolf"; which is to be understood as a poetic kenning for glory. According to the Prose version of Ragnarok, Tyr is destined to kill and be killed by Garm, the guard dog of Hel. However, in the two poetic versions of Ragnarok, he goes unmentioned; unless one believes that he is the "Mighty One".

Bragi is the skaldic god of poetry. Yeah that is about it, there is several myths with him in it but nothing really stands out that I could find
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