How much do you know about Norse mythology?

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By: Isadora Teich

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Whether you love world mythology or Marvel movies, almost everyone knows a thing or two about Norse mythology. If you love Viking myths, go berserk on this HowStuffWorks quiz!

Who is the god of trickery?

Loki is the god of trickery, a shapeshifter who refuses to die until he destroys the world. According to myth, he gives birth to some gods and fathers others.

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Who is the king of the gods of war?

Odin is a god of war, death and wisdom. He is the king of the main gods in Norse Myth, the Æsir. He's famously one-eyed and associated with magic and mysticism.

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Which day of the week is named after Thor?

Thursday comes from Old and Middle English words meaning "Thor's Day." Thor is the Norse god of thunder.

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In Norse myth there are two groups of gods; The Æsir and:

In Norse myth there are two groups of gods. These are the more famous war-like Æsir, which Odin rules, and the peaceful Vanir. The most famous of the Vanir is the fertility goddess Freyja.

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Who is the god of thunder?

Thor is the god of thunder. He is Odin's oldest son and fated to die in Ragnarök.

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Which of these races is a part of Norse myth?

The Valkyrie are goddesses that serve Odin. They decide who has died heroically in battle and is worthy of Valhalla. They transport the worthy souls and care for them once they arrive.

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Odin is known for riding what animal?

Odin rides Sleipnir, a horse with eight legs. Loki gave birth to Sleipnir after a stallion impregnated him while he was in the form of a mare.

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Where do most of the Norse gods live?

Asgard is the home of the Norse gods, both the Æsir and the Vanir. Odin rules the realm.

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Which Norse goddess rules the realm of the dead?

Hel is the daughter of Loki and a giantess. Half of her is beautiful, while the other is a rotting corpse.

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Yggdrasil is the name of the _____ that connects the nine worlds of Norse myth.

Often called the World tree, Yggrdasil connects all of the worlds. These include Asgard, the home of the gods, Midgard and the realms of the dead.

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According to Norse myth, humans live on which world?

Our world is called Midgard, which means "middle enclosure." It is placed between the land of the dead and those of the gods on the World Tree.

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The battle at the end of the world between gods is called:

During this battle at the end of the world, Odin leads the gods and Loki leads mythic monsters in an epic clash. Most of Norse myth's gods and monsters die and most of the universe is destroyed.

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What surrounds Midgard?

According to myth, Loki and a giantess are the parents of Jörmungandr, a massive serpent. After its birth, Odin took it and threw it into the sea which surrounds Midgard, where it grew big enough to circle the realm and bite its own tail.

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Loki has three children with a giantess: a sea serpent, the goddess of the dead and:

Fenrir is a giant wolf destined to eat Odin alive during Ragnarök. The gods keep him bound to try and avoid the trouble a prophecy said he would cause.

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Are Norse gods immortal?

Unlike the Gods in many other mythologies, Norse gods are not immortal. Most of them are destined to die in Ragnarök. The threads of their lives are woven and controlled by The Norns in the Tapestry of Fate, which they keep hidden from the gods.

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Giants come from which Norse realm?

Giants, or Jötnar, are known for being massive and incredibly strong. They would sometimes marry and have children with gods.

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There are fire giants, and:

Fire giants come from Muspelheim, a realm of fire. According to the end times prophecies, when fire giants break the Bifrost bridge, it signals the beginning of the end.

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A pair of what animals sits on Odin's shoulders?

Odin's ravens are named Hugin and Munin. He sends them out to gather news for him.

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Who is the god of love and peace?

Baldur's death, according to Norse myth, is what begins the end of the world. He is the second son of Odin and has the largest ship ever built.

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Which deities in Norse myth control fate?

The Norns are three deities: Urd, Verdandi and Skuld, who weave the tapestry of fates. All things are predestined, the length of the lives of humans and even gods depending on the length of their woven thread.

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What kind of weapon does Thor famously carry?

Thor is the god of thunder and carries the war hammer Mjolnir. This is the most feared weapon in Norse mythology and can knock down mountains in a single hit.

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Bifröst, the bridge between worlds, is a:

This rainbow bridge goes between Midgard and Asgard. All the gods used it except Thor, who they were afraid would break it.

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Which Norse god is referred to as the All-father?

Odin has more than 200 names across different Norse and Germanic traditions. As king of the Gods, he is often referred to as the All-father.

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Which beings are associated with the earth, metal work, greed and wisdom?

Dwarves, or Dvergar, are figures in Norse mythology. They were born from the maggots that ate at the dead body of the being Ymir after he was killed by Odin and his brothers. The world is made from his body.

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Who is the guardian of the Bifröst Bridge?

Heimdall is the guardian of the Bifröst bridge. He never sleeps, has acute senses, and will be the last of the gods to die at Ragnarök.

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The goddess Sif has beautiful hair made of:

Sif is Thor's wife. Gold grows from her head in strands. In one myth, the trickster god Loki cut it off as a prank.

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Who taught Odin magic?

The goddess Freyja was one of the most loved amongst Vikings. A warrior and priestess goddess associated with childbirth and love, she was said to be one of the kindest deities.

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According to myth, what does a man have to steal from a lovely Swan-Maiden in order to get her hand in marriage?

Swan-Maidens float down from the sky in feather dresses and take them off to skinny dip. When a man steals a Swan-Maiden's dress and hides it, she will follow him home and be a faithful wife until the day she finds her dress. When she does, she will fly away.

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Which day of the week is named after Odin?

Wednesday comes from the Old English "Wōdnesdæg" which meant "Day of Woden." In Germanic mythology, Odin was called Woden.

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Who was the god of the sea?

Aegir was a fierce god that some would even sacrifice prisoners to in order to ensure a safe voyage. His wife was named Ran and they had nine daughters who were thought to move the ocean's waves.

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Which day of the week is named for the goddess Freyja?

Friday comes from the name of the goddess Freyja. Famously beautiful and kind, Freyja is associated with the aurora.

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In Norse myth there are dark elves and:

In Norse myth, there are dark elves and light elves. The dark elves live underground in Svartalfheim. The light elves live in Alfheim.

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According to some, Norse dwarves are the same thing as:

It's thought that Dark elves and dwarves may have been the same thing in Norse myth. Both live underground and are famously secretive.

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What world do the giants of Norse myth come from?

According to Norse myth, giants come from Jotunheim. These massive creatures sometimes leave their homeworld and have children with Gods on occasion.

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What is the realm of the Vanir called?

The Vanir are the less famous and more peaceful group of Norse gods. Their realm is Vanaheim, which according to some myths is above Midgard.

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