Viking Religion: Different Religions In Viking Society

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Different Religions in Viking Society In the viking age, there were many religions over time. Everyone who lived in Viking Age society believed in the Norse gods and goddesses. But, Scandinavia in the Viking Age, had a very dramatic religious change. Norse Religion The Vikings had many gods; Odin, Frøya, etc. The vikings believed that if they died in battle; they would come to Valhalla, where they would live perfectly, feast with the gods, and simply have a perfect life. Odin was the allfather of the gods, and ruler of Asgard. Odin in Old Norse, actually means “The Furious One”. Odin presides over Valhalla, the most prestigious of the dwelling-places of the dead. After every battle, he and his helping-spirits, the valkyries (“choosers of the fallen”), comb the field and take their pick of half of the slain warriors to carry back to Valhalla. Frøya (goddess of love, beauty, sorcery, fertility, gold, war and death) then claims the remaining half. Thor, the muscular thunder god, is the archetype of a loyal and honorable warrior, the ideal toward which average human warrior aspired. He’s the indefatigable defender of the Aesir gods and their fortress, Asgard, from the territory of the giants, who are usually the enemies of the gods. No one is better suited for this task than Thor. His courage and sense of duty are completely unshakeable, and no one can match his physical strength. His most famous possesion, is his hammer, Mjöllnir (“Lightning”). He hardly goes anywhere

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