Norse Mythology

Frost Giant at the finale of the 2014 JORVIK Viking FestivalVikings have always been intriguing characters and their impressive and convoluted mythology doesn’t disappoint.

Their myths, though epic in places, especially the creation, the beginning of the universe and Ragnarok, the clash of Gods which leads to the end of the world – also tend to focus on the everyday issues of 10th century life; family squabbles, jealous lovers etc.. and even the creation of the three-tiered Viking class system of Thralls, Peasants and Jarls during the ‘Rigsthula’ or ‘Story of Rig’.

The myths they left behind help us to understand more about the world the Vikings lived in over 1000 years ago and at JORVIK Viking Festival we invite visitors to explore these fascinating stories with us in February half term 2015.

Follow the links on the left hand side to discover the nine worlds of Viking mythology, their Gods and Goddesses and even how the world was created and destroyed!