Cosmology

Within Midgard are the lands of men (Mannheim), giants (Jotunheim), elves (Alfheim), and dwarves (Nidavellir). Beyond Midgard lie these other worlds:

  • Asgard: The celestial home of the the Aesir. It is reached by the rainbow bridge, Bifrost.
  • Ginnungagap: The yawning void which births aberrations. It lies far below the world.
  • Hel: The fiendish home of the goddess of death. It is accessed by the covered bridge Gjallarbru in Niflheim.
  • Muspellsheim: The elemental plane of rock and fire. It lies far to the south.
  • Niflheim: The elemental plane of ice and mist. It lies far to the north.
  • Vanaheim: The fey realm of the Vanir. It can be reached through faerie mounds and circles.

The nine worlds are anchored by the World Tree, Yggdrasil, whose three largest roots draw on holy springs: Hvergelmir (in Niflheim), the Well of Fate (in Asgard), and Mimir’s Well (in Jotunheim). The first is filled with snakes and dragons. The second is tended by the three norns and is where the gods hold court. The last is the source of Odin’s great wisdom.

Cosmology

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