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It was the myth that ancient Europe's Germanic peoples passed on.
But, the materials that remained to this day were compiled based on the folklore that was left behind among the Vikings of Middle Ages (ninth century until thirteenth century) Northern Europe.
Because of that, it could also be said that more accurately it was the mythology of Viking tribe.
At that time, Europe was a world of Christianity. It was considered that it also gave some influence to the handing down of Norse Mythology.
The area where human race lived in Norse Mythology.
It was located in the inland area of a vast continent and it was surrounded by fence that acted as border. Passing through this fence, at the north and east was a wasteland where giants, wolves, and monsters were living. The place was called as Jotunheim.
Midgard was an abundant world with clear water and also produced plentiful of harvest.
On the other hand, Jotunheim was depicted as a desolate world that was extremely dangerous.
The gods of Norse Mythology were split between the Aesir clan and the Vanir clan.
The two divine clans once opposed each other and even went into war, but they were then joined in peace when the Vanir clan made concession. The king of the Aesir clan that was the victor was the chief god Odin. However, in Norse mythology there was also race other than the gods that possessed power of the divine mystery. The elves that were called as Alf, the dwarves who excelled in blacksmithing and craftsmanship the Dvergr, and then the 《giants》.giants
The giants were divided into several races. Their position ranged from being neutral to antagonistic toward the gods.
There were also many giants who were married to the gods of Aesir and Vanir and bore children.
One of the monsters that were given birth by the female giant Angrboda.
Her eldest son was the demonic wolf Fenrir, her second son was the world snake Jormundgand, her third child, a daughter was the goddess of the country of the dead, Hel.
Many 『wolf』 monsters appeared in Norse mythology. The strongest among them was the one who was considered as the killer of the chief god Odin. Fenrir's sons, the wolf Skoll chased after the sun while Hati chase after the moon in order to swallow them. When the world's end arrived, it was said that Fenrir and his children finally fulfilled their dearest wish and consigned the sun and moon to oblivion…….
Seeing that Fenrir was a son of a female giant, there was also a viewpoint that saw him as 『a giant in the shape of wolf』.
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