Viking Myths: Stories of the Norse Gods and Goddesses - Thor Ewing
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Viking Myths

VIKING MYTHS AND CLASSICAL MYTHS

The gods of Viking myth represent a different kind of god from the Greek and Roman gods. The stories too are very often different in kind from the Greek myths.

Greek myths portray gods with playboy lifestyles, and we mere mortals are subject to their capricious whims. The Viking gods and their myths represent an altogether different worldview. The Vikings believed their gods were locked in an endless struggle with the forces of chaos.

Viking gods and goddesses are not as remote, not as autocratic, nor indeed as self-satisfied as the Classical pantheon. But although they’re more approachable than their Classical counterparts, theirs is a harsh and unforgiving existence ending in utter destruction.

For all that, the Viking, Greek and Roman gods were all seen as different portrayals of the same divine forces. Here are some of the parallels that would have been drawn in Ancient times.
They might not all be what you’d expect:

GREEK ROMAN VIKING
Zeus Jupiter Thor
Hermes Mercury Odin
Aphrodite Venus Freya
Ares Mars Tyr
Hera Juno Frigg


You can read the stories the Vikings told about their gods in Viking Myths: Stories of the Norse Gods and Goddesses.

Viking Myths: Stories of the Norse Gods and Goddesses 
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