Old Norse Mythology

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Odin and Fenris (1909) by Dorothy Hardy

Old Norse Mythology

This mythology refers to the pre-Christian religion, beliefs and legends of the Scandinavian people, including those who settled in Ireland. In Scandinavian folklore, these are the beliefs that lasted longest, and in rural areas some traditions have even been practiced until the present. Norse is the best-known version of the older common Germanic paganism and Germanic mythology, which also includes similar Anglo-Saxon mythology. The mythology was taught by mouth, in the form of long, regular poetry. Oral transmission continued through the Viking Age, and our knowledge about it is mainly based on medieval texts written down during and after Christianisation. It was not a religion the Gods taught to the immortal, but there are myths about Gods visiting normal people or normal visiting the divine.

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1.11 Scarecrow

While trying to figure out what sort of pagan god he is dealing with, Dean pays a visit to a local community college near Burkittsville, where he learns the original settlers were from Scandinavia. When Dean questions a professor about any gods associated with orchards, the professor assumes he may be thinking of a "woods god" and begins thumbing through a book. As he is searching, Dean spots an etching of a scarecrow and learns of the Vanir, Norse gods of protection and prosperity whose followers would make effigies of the Vanir in their fields.

5.19 Hammer of the Gods

As the various pagan gods meet in the Elysian Fields Hotel to discuss the coming Judeo-Christian Apocalypse, Odin reveals he is not concerned, and describes Ragnarök by telling the other gods that the end of the world will come when the "Great Serpent Jormungandr rises up," and he is "eaten by a big wolf" (Fenrir). Zao Shen takes umbrage to Odin's claims and the two bicker about their differences in belief.

Gabriel also appears to the other various deities at the conference table who know him as Loki, the Norse god of mischief. Soon after, Kali discovers and reveals Gabriel's identity to the other pagan gods. When Lucifer appears, Odin is among the many gods that he kills.

8.02 What's Up, Tiger Mommy?

Mr. Vili enters G. Ball & Co. Trust in Chicago to access a safe deposit box he has stored there for many decades. It is in fact box #1 at the bank. He retrieves a bone from the frost giant Ymir from the box, and then kills the bank clerk helping him. The frost giant Ymir was believed to be the first creature to come into being in the Norse creation narrative.

Later, at Plutus' auction, Mr. Vili bids Ymir's finger bone on Mjölnir, the powerful hammer of the god of thunder, Thor, which was created by the dwarves Brokkr and Eitri. Plutus only accepts Vili's bid after he adds, "5/8 of a virgin" allowing him to win Mjölnir. As Vili is collecting the hammer, Beau and Crowley attack and kill Plutus, and try to kill Sam and Dean. Sam borrows Mjölnir from Vili and kills Beau. As he is about to give it back to Vili, he asks him where he got the 5/8 of a virgin from. When Vili just nervously shrugs, Sam strikes him with the hammer, which leaves only Vili's clothes behind.

9.12 Sharp Teeth

After learning Garth was turned into a werewolf, Sam and Dean meet his new family and soon learn some members are a part of a religious sect known as the Maw of Fenris, werewolves who believe the wolf Fenris, the son of Loki, to be a deity and that Ragnarök will bring about a world of werewolves.

13.20 Unfinished Business

After escaping and killing Asmodeus, Gabriel goes on a vendetta against Loki and his sons Fenrir Odensbane, Narfi, and Sleipnir, killing them one by one until he gets to Loki. Gabriel reveals to Sam and Dean that he had long ago found Loki bound in a cave, and set him free. After leaving Heaven, Gabriel sought asylum from Loki, and struck a deal that if he never gets involved with his family's affairs again, he would take Loki's place and become the Trickster. However, after confronting Lucifer, Loki explains to Dean that Gabriel broke the terms of their deal the minute he stepped foot in the Elysian Fields Hotel and inserted himself in Heaven's Apocalypse. Loki also blamed him for the death of his father, Odin, and he felt that Gabriel had to pay for Odin's death by being sold to Asmodeus.

After killing Loki's sons, Gabriel confronts him in a motel hallway, where they fight. As Loki gains the upper hand on Gabriel, the special wooden sword Gabriel had crafted for Loki is slid to him by the Winchesters, allowing Gabriel to stab Loki in the heart and get revenge for his betrayal.

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