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A summary list of the worlds, with an example reference to where they are mentioned, either in the older Poetic or younger Prose Edda. (in no particular order) - Ásgarðr, world of the Æsir. (Poetic4 and Prose5) Vanaheimr, world of the Vanir. (Poetic6 and Prose7) Álfheimr, world of the Álfar (Elves). (Poetic8 and Prose9) Miðgarðr, world of humans. (Poetic10 and Prose11) Jötunheimr, world of the Jötnar (Giants). (Poetic12 and Prose13) Niðavellir, world of the Dvergar (Dwarfs). (Poetic14) / Svartálfaheimr (Prose15) Múspell, world of fire and the Fire Jötnar. (Poetic16 and Prose17) / Múspellsheimr (Prose18) Niflhel, world of ice and mist, into which the wicked dead are cast. (Poetic19 and Prose20) / Niflheimr (Prose21) Hel, world of the inglorious dead, located within Niflhel22/Niflheimr23 and ruled over by the giantess Hel. (Poetic24 and Prose25)

Each world also had significant places within. Valhalla is Odin’s hall located in Asgard. It was also home of the Einherjar, who were the souls of the greatest warriors. These warriors were selected by the Valkyries. The Einherjar would help defend the gods during Ragnarok.

These worlds are connected by Yggdrasil, the world tree, with Asgard at its top. Chewing at its roots in Niflheim is Nidhogg, a ferocious serpent or dragon. Asgard can be reached by Bifrost, a rainbow bridge guarded by Heimdall, a god who can see and hear for a hundred leagues.26


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