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The first world to exist, a place of light and heat whose flames are so hot that those who are not native to that land cannot endure it.
He sits at Muspell's border, guarding the land with a flaming sword.
What will Surt do at the end of the world?
He will vanquish all the gods and burn the whole world with fire.
Beyond Muspell lay the great and yawning void named ..., and beyond ... lay Niflheim.
What emanated from Niflheim?
Ice, frost, wind, rain, darkness, and heavy cold.
How did Ymir form?
Where heat and cold met appeared thawing drops, and this running fluid grew into a giant frost ogre named Ymir.
What happened as Ymir slept?
As Ymir slept, falling into a sweat, under his left arm there grew a man and a woman. And one of his legs begot a son with the other. This was the beginning of the frost ogres.
How did Ymir get fed?
Thawing frost then became a cow called Audhumla. Four rivers of milk ran from her teats, and she fed Ymir.
What happened as Audhumla licked salty blocks?
The cow licked salty ice blocks. After one day of licking, she freed a man's hair from the ice. After two days, his head appeared. On the third day the whole man was there. His name was Buri, and he was tall, strong, and handsome.
Describe Buri's children...
Buri begot a son named Bor, and Bor married Bestla, the daughter of a giant.
Where did Odin come from?
Bor and Bestla had three sons: Odin was the first, Vili the second, and Vé the third.
Why is Odin important?
It is believed that Odin, in association with his brothers, is the ruler of heaven and earth. He is the greatest and most famous of all men.
How was Ymir killed?
Odin, Vili, and Vé killed the giant Ymir.
What happened as Ymir died?
When Ymir fell, there issued from his wounds such a flood of blood, that all the frost ogres were drowned, except for the giant Bergelmir who escaped with his wife by climbing onto a lur [a hollowed-out tree trunk that could serve either as a boat or a coffin]. From them spring the families of frost ogres.
How was the world created from Ymir?
The sons of Bor then carried Ymir to the middle of Ginnungagap and made the world from him.
from his blood they made...
From his blood they made the sea and the lakes
from his flesh they made...
from his flesh the earth
from his hair was made...
from his hair the trees
his bones were made into...
his teeth and jaws and broken bones were made into...
into the world's rocks and pebbles
How are the beings in creation myths characterized?
they are characters who are either deities, human-like figures, or animals, who often speak and transform easily.
When do creation myths take place?
they are often set in a dim and nonspecific past
How does this creation myth happen?
by the dismemberment of a primordial being
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