Beginning Of Time According To Norse Mythology

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According to Norse mythology there was absolutely nothing in the beginning of time. It was described as an ‘endless chasm’ that they called the Ginnungagap. It was a dark void that was bordered by the Niflheim – the place that is full of ice and darkness. To the south of the void is the Muspelheim – a place that is full of fire.

From out of this chaos came a drop of water and from this water existence began. The drop of water came when ice from the Niflheim and fire from the Muspelheim came together.

This first being was Ymir, a primeval giant. The frost-giants called him Aurgelmir, but everyone else called him Ymir. Ymir became father of a race of frost-giants. Ymir was the father of six-headed son that was nourished by a cosmic cow called Audumla.

Audumla fed herself by licking the salty rime-stone, until that stone was licked into a shape of man. This stone-man was named Buri and he was the first primeval god. Buri was the father of Bor. Bor married Bestla – the giantess and the daughter of Boltha the frost giant. Both Bor and Bestla gave birth to the first of the Aesir gods, Vili, Ve, and Odin.

Ymir soon grew so evil and large that the three gods were forced to kill him. The blood from Ymir’s wound was so great that many of the frost giants drowned in it. Bergelmer and his wife were the only ones to escape the flood. They ended up on the mountain of Jötunheim – which soon became the new home of the giants.