Tuesday, February 5

Magnus Chase & Norse Mythology

**Shout out to my 15yo son for putting together all of the Modern Mythology posts!**

The tales of Norse myths are told in the poetic and prose edda, and they were written by Snorri Sturloson. From the great abyss, known as Ginnungagap, came the world of fire (Muspellheim) and the world of ice (Niflheim). In the neutral area where the two worlds met, a giant named Ymir was created from drops of melted ice.

To feed himself, he created Adhumla, the primordial sheep. While he was sleeping, the lesser frost giants manifested from the remaining dew. Licking the salty blocks of frozen ice, Adhumla freed Bori (a giant) from the ice. His son, Borr, married Bestla, the daughter of a giant, and they had three sons - Odin, Vili, and Ve.  These boys believed they were destined to rule the world, so they killed Ymir. 

The three sons made the world, the sky, and the clouds from Ymir's body. They created man and woman from two trees, and Odin became the father of all the gods. 

Baldr was a son of Odin and the most handsome of all of the gods. One day, his mother, Frigg, had a dream that he was going to die. She commanded all things in the world not to harm her son, but she forgot mistletoe. Loki fashioned an arrow with a tip of mistletoe and guided Baldr's blind brother, Hodr's, hand to aim at him while the gods where throwing things at him to see if they could harm him. Baldr's brother killed him. 

In search of infinite wisdom, Odin went to the well of Mimir at the roots of Yggdrasil. In exchange for the knowledge, Odin gave Mimir his left eye and hung himself for nine days.  Odin has two wolves who keep him company as he travels the world.  He also keeps two ravens, who help to find food for the wolves and have the job of reporting back on events around the nine worlds.

Pronunciation Guide

  • Ginnungagap --GEEN-un-guh-gahp
  • Muspellheim--MOOS-pehl-haym
  • Niflheim--NIHF-uhl-haym
  • Adhumla--ahd-HOOM-lah
  • Baldr--BALD-er
  • Mimir--MIH-mear

  • Magnus Chase
    • Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.  One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he barely knows—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.  The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.  When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.  Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .
  • Yggdrasil
  • Ragnarok
  • Asgard
  • Vanaheim
  • Nifleheim
  • Jotunheim
  • Muspellheim
  • Nidavellr
  • Alfheim
  • Nidhoggr
  • Ratatoskr
  • Odin
  • Thor
  • Loki
  • Tyr
  • Jorumgander
  • Fenrir
  • Hel
  • Frey
  • Freya
  • Baldr
  • Bragi
  • Do you think the pain Odin went through was worth the reward? Why or why not?
  • Why do you think Loki made Hodr shoot his brother?
  • What is your favorite story from Norse mythology? Why?
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  1. Anonymous3:35 AM CST

    Thank you for sharing

  2. We LOVE this series; really anything by Rick Riordan is a huge hit in this house and I just love how much my boys have learned about all sorts of mythology by listening to him. Thanks for sharing at our Encouraging hearts and Home part. Pinned.

    1. Anything that gets our boys reading, right? (Well, anything within reason.) :)

  3. This is definitely a series I need to share with one of my daughters. I think she would love this.

    Thanks for sharing at Drop Everything And Read at Tales of a Pee Dee Mama.

    1. Probably! It seems like most tweens and teens are enjoying these!

  4. I need to go back and reread some of the Norse Mythology - I enjoyed reading about it more when I was playing the Age of Empires game with the Norse gods.

  5. Mythology is always so intresting to me. I enjoy it.