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We dip our toes in the vast well of Norse mythology, from the great sea snake Jormungand to the hammer-wielding god Thor — and everything in between. (23 min) (6.5.20)

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It’s not every week that I take a look at the more common myths and cultures around the world. Honestly, I often feel there’s not much I can add to those well-tread topics. However, while looking for this week’s topic, something very interesting caught my attention. I came across a familiar, yet distant, topic: Jormungand, or the world serpent.

While I couldn’t find a great deal of information on the world serpent itself, it did lead me down the rabbit hole of Norse mythology, specifically the relationship between Jormungand and Thor, the Nine Worlds, and the World Tree.

The inherent relationship between all of these different aspects is something that’s truly fascinating. The world tree, Yggdrasil is such an important concept, yet very little is actually known about its significance in the grand scheme of things. We know it has a relationship to Midgard (the visible world), Asgard (home of the gods), and Jotunheim (home of the giants), but how the other six worlds sit in relation is unknown.

There have been theories, poems, and stories told about all of these. But there wasn’t a lot of written history during the time of these beliefs, which makes it all the more interesting.

The Norse culture and mythology is so vast that it would need an entirely dedicated podcast to cover it all, but hopefully you enjoy this quick rundown of some of the things I found of particular interest. From Thor and Jormungand, to the Prose Edda, there’s so much to discover. And if you want to know just a little bit more, you’ll have to listen to the cast!


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