Nordic index



After Odin created Middle Earth, he built Asgard, the home of the gods. There were many halls in Asgard for all the gods. Odin's hall had a roof of silver, and from it he could see all the worlds. A bridge stretched from Asgard to Yggdrasill, the World Tree, and this bridge was called Bifrost, the rainbow. Bifrost was guarded by Heimdall, who had a horn which he blew whenever there was danger, see right.


One hall in Asgard was called Valhalla, for the warriors who died in battle. They were chosen by the Valkyries, women who wore armour, and rode swiftly over land and sea on horseback. The Valkyries also decided who would win a battle. The picture on the left shows a Valkyrie welcoming Odin to Valhalla. Odin is riding his eight-legged horse.

There is an exciting piece of music called the Ride of the Valkyries by Wagner.