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.

Pad of Definitions (1.11 Scarecrow), Official Website

Episodes

1.11 Scarecrow

While trying to figure what sort of pagan god he is dealing with, Dean pays a visit to a local community college near Burkitsville, 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 to discuss the coming Judaeo-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.

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 years. 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 questions 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 apart 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.

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