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Norse Mythology

The Animals

Animals in Norse Mythology

Alsvin: Very Quick

Alsvin is one of the two horses that pulls the Sun’s chariot, it's driven by Sol.

Alsvinder: Rapid Goer

Alsvinder is the horse that pulls the Moon’s chariot, it's driven by Mani.

Arvakr: Early Waker

Arvakr is one of the two horses that pulls the Sun’s chariot, it's driven by Sol.

Dain:

Dain is a deer that lives among the branches of Yggdrasil, and eats the leaves.

Eikthyrnir: Oak Thorny

Eikthyrnir is a deer that stands on the roof of Valhalla, and eates from the leaves of the great oak tree Laerrad. From the horns drips water, which is were all the rivers in the world come from.

Fenrir Wolf:

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Geri and Freki: Ravenous

Odin's two wolves are named Geri and Freki. Odin gives them all his food from the table. Odin do not need any food to survive, wine and mead is all he needs to keep him alive. Geri and Freki follows Odin wherever he goes. Geri and Freki both meaning “the ravenous” or “greedy one”

GoldFaxi: Golden Mane

Goldfaxi is the horse of the giant Hrungnir. He lost his horse in a bet, where he raced Odin on his horse Sleipnir.

Gullinbursti: Golden Brisles

Gullinbursti is a golden boar made by the dwarfs Brokk and Eitri. Gullinbursti is made from pigskin and thousands of pieces of gold wire. Gullinbursti was given to the god Freyr, the boar is faster than any other horse over water and though air. Gullinbursti has golden rays that shines like the Sun, and made plants grow everywhere. Many warriors wore the image of Freyr’s golden boar Gullinbursti on their helmets and shields as protection and good luck.

Gullinkambi: Golden Comb

Gullinkambi is the red rooster that will crow to the gods and heroes at Valhalla to warn them that Ragnarok has begun.

Gulltopp: Gold Top

Gulltopp is the horse of the god Heimdall.

Heidrun:

Heidrin is a shegoat who eats the leaves of Laerad, Heidrun produces a never ending supply of mead for the gods and heroes at their nightly feats.

Hildisvini: Battle Boar

Hildisvini is the boar of the goddess Freya, Hildisvini was made by the dwarfs Dain and Nabbi. Frey’s human lover Ottar, took the form of the boar to visit Freya. She rides Ottar around in Asgard, and Loki says it's the human lover of Freya.

HrimFaxi: Frosty Mane

Hrimfaxi is the horse that Night “Nat” uses to drive over the sky, in her chariot.

Huginn and Munin:

The two ravens that flies over the world, Midgard. The name Huginn mean “thought” and Munin “memory or mind” The two ravens flies out over all the world every morning and returns every evening. When they returns, the ravens whisper all that they have seen and heard to Odin.

Midgard Serpent:

The Midgard Serpent also known as Jormungand, the Midgard serpent, is the child of Loki. it was Odin who threw him into the sea. But the Midgard serpent loved the ocean, and it started to grow tremendously large. And within a short time had the Midgard Serpent grown so huge it encircled all the land. The Midgard Serpent was feared by human and also the gods. Thor and the Midgard serpent are arch enemies. They will kill each other at Ragnarok.

Nidhug: Corpse Eater

Nidhug is the dragon that lives in Hel, in Niflheim, at the root of the tree Yggdrasil. Nidhug feeds on the roots of Yggdrasil and the corpses of the dead.

Ratatosk:

Ratatosk is the squirrel that spends a lot of time each day, running up and down the tree yggdrasil. Ratatosk does whatever he can, to keep the hatred between the eagle and Nidhug alive. Every time Nidhug says a curse or an insult about the eagle, Ratatosk will hurry up to the top of the tree, and inform the eagle what Nidhug had said. The eagle was equally rude in his comments about Nidhug. Ratatosk just loves to gossip which is the reason why the eagle and the serpent remained constant foes.

Saehrimnir:

Saehrimnir is the boar that each day is killed and cooked by the cook Andhrimnir. It is cooked in the cauldron Eldhrimnir, and served to the fallen heroes of Valhalla.

Skinfaxi:

Skinfaxi is the horse that pulls Day’s “Dag” chariot over the sky.

Sleipnir:

It is Odin's gray eight legged horse. The horse is a magical horse, and the best of all horses. Sleipnir is the symbol of the wind, and has the marks of hell. Sleipnir can just as easily gallop through the air as on land. Sleipnir was a gift from Loki. Sleipnir is the child of Loki and Svadilfari.

Svadilfari:

Svadilfari is the stallion that belongs to the master builder, who built the walls of Asgard. Loki and the stallion Svadilfari are the parents of Sleipnir.

Tanngniost and Tanngrisnir:

Their names Tanngniost “Teeth barer” and Tanngrisnir “Teeth grinder” are the two goats, who pulls Thor's chariot. Whenever Thor rides in his chariot, people can hear the noise from the wheels, and see the sparks and lightning from the wheels sent out as they flew across the sky. Some think that the sparks comes from his hammer Mjölnir. The people in Midgard calls this thunder and lightning. If Thor is away from home, he sometime cooks the goats. Thor will then resurrect them with his hammer, Mjöllnir the next day.



Author of page content Martin Højbjerg