Special Sub-Topic: Thor's Hammer
|Thor's mighty hammer was a formidable weapon of destruction, never missing its mark; but it was also capable of resurrection, as well as being a symbol of fertility. What was its name?|
Mjollnir. Made by the dwarfs Brokk and Eitri, Mjollnir glowed red-hot at one end and could only be held by an iron gauntlet.
|What was the name of the monster slain by Beowulf?|
Grendel. A man-eater, Grendel was impervious to weapons, so Beowulf tore the monster's arm off in a fierce struggle causing him to bleed to death. Later in the epic poem, Beowulf also killed Grendel's mother and an unnamed dragon.
|What is the name for the group of maidens that rode over the battlefields and chose which of the slain warriors would enter Valhalla?|
Valkyries. The Valkyries were the handmaidens of Odin. They wore armour and carried spears whilst riding their horses across the fields of battle to choose Odin's heroes and carry them to Valhalla.
|Ginnungagap was the great void at the dawn of creation. The first creature to emerge from Ginnungagap was a frost giant. What was his name?|
Ymir. Odin's grandsons killed Ymir and threw his body back into Ginnungagap where his flesh became the earth; his bones mountains; his teeth rocks and boulders, and his blood rivers and seas.
|Odin, a god of vision, sacrificed an eye in return for immense wisdom by casting it into whose well?|
Mimir. In order to gain even greater wisdom Odin hanged himself for nine days from Yggdrasil, the cosmic tree. He was resurrected by magic.
|What was the name of the dwelling place of mankind?|
Midgard. Midgard, formed from the body of Ymir, was connected to Asgard, the home of the gods, by a rainbow bridge called Bifrost.
|Valhalla was a Viking's paradise, where slain warriors fought and feasted whilst awaiting the final battle at Ragnarok. Which of the gods was responsible for the building of Valhalla by the frost giants Fasolt and Fafnir?|
Odin. Valhalla was immense, having more than 500 huge doors, each of which could accommodate 800 men marching side-by-side, making it easy for the warriors to pour forth at the first sign of Ragnarok.
|What was the name of the god of fire and mischief who grew so evil that the gods imprisoned him in a cave until the end of the world?|
Loki. Sometimes called Lopt, Loki emerged from his prison at Ragnarok to lead the evil army against the gods.
|Sleipnir, Odin's horse, had how many legs?|
8. Sleipnir could travel over sea and through the sky and was the horse that Odin would ride into battle at Ragnarok.
|Ragnarok, the final battle between the gods and the frost giants, was fought on which plain?|
Vigrid. After a severe winter that lasted three years the final battle was fought. Odin was powerless to prevent the devastation. His only consolation being in the knowledge that a new world would rise out of the destruction.
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