Asgard – Land of Gods

Aesir God Realm
Image of Yggdrasil holding nine worlds
Yggdrasil holding nine worlds

 

On the upper branches of Yggdrasil, there lay Asgard the divine place of the Aesir Gods and Goddesses. Aesir Gods were the one of two main race of Gods in Norse myth. Odin the Allfather was the chief God who ruled Asgard. There are many mysterious and interesting things inside the Asgard gates but this blog post will take you to some places in Asgard God land: the Asgard Walls, Valhalla the Palace of the Fallen, and the Bifrost the Bridge between Asgard and Midgard.


The Asgard Wall

In Norse myth, encircling Asgard God land was a strong and protective wall. This wall proved its usefulness by defending Gods and Goddesses against giants and other dangerous enemies. The story of building this fort was of interest.

One day, a master builder came to the land of Aesir Gods with an offer. He asked to build a high wall around Asgard to protect the Gods and Goddesses. This builder promised to finish his task within three seasons and in return, he asked for a payment: Freya as his bride, the sun, and the moon. The gods assembled and discuss this offer. Loki suggested that the builder would get his payment only if he finished the wall within a season and without any help from men. The gods agreed with Loki’s suggestion and probably they thought it was impossible to build a high wall within a season.

The builder started to construct the wall and his working progress did amaze all of the gods. In fact, the builder’s stallion, Svaldifari, did the work twice as much as its master.

The giant builder
The giant builder

The gods were worrying that the builder would get his job done in time. They figured out the builder was a giant. Thus, they became more worried about the thought of losing Freya, the moon, and the sun to the hand of a giant. They boiled this trouble down to Loki’s suggestion and demanded Loki to solve it on his own otherwise he would face death.

 

The giant trying to calm his stallion
The giant trying to calm his stallion

Loki then came up with an idea of distracting Svaldifari stallion under a guise of a mare. His scheme succeeded. The builder did not finish the job in time and he was frustrated by the Gods’ tricks. The giant got his payment at last, but with a blow from the Mjolnir hammer shattering his skull to pieces.

 


Valhalla the Palace of the Fallen

Right behind the gates of Asgard was the palace Valhalla. This palace was the home of the fallen human warriors. Odin presided over this palace and he dwelled with his chosen warriors.

Warrior before the gate of Valhalla in Asgard god land
Warrior before the gate of Valhalla

The roof of Valhalla was made of shining shields and there were full of feasting tables for the warriors inside. The warriors, who did not survive the combat, went to Valhalla and Odin promised them a life that other human warriors would envy. They fought with each other all day. When the night came their wounds were healed and they feasted. Such warriors would take Odin’s side and fight for their master during the event of Ragnarok.

Inside Asgard God land, the life on Valhalla was obviously full of energy and enjoyment.


Bifrost the Shining Bridge

Bifrost in Norse myth was a shimmering rainbow bridge that connected Midgard (Earth) and Asgard. The god who guarded Bifrost was Heimdall the most vigilant god. The meaning of the word “Bifrost” was similar to “the shaking and shining rainbow” or “the shining path”. This interpretation might have been related to the fragile nature of the bridge.

Bifrost the rainbow bridge in Asgard god land
Bifrost the Rainbow Bridge

During the event of Ragnarok, the Bifrost was shattered to pieces. The Giants destroyed the defensive layer of Heimdall to cross the rainbow bridge and slay the Gods.

Other words about Asgard God land

Asgard was one of the ideal places to be home. The element –gard in the word is a reference to the concept of innangard and utangard. While the world of innangard (inside the fences) was a civilized, orderly, and law-abiding place, the world of utangard (beyond the fences) was savage and turbulent. Asgard was the perfect model of innangard, meanwhile, Jotunheim was a model of utangard.