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Norse Mythology: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

Have you ever heard of myths and mythology? What about Vikings? This lesson will teach you all about the fascinating stories and legends that Vikings told long ago!

What is Mythology?

Have you ever heard of the word mythology? Mythology is a collection of myths, or traditional stories, from a particular culture or group of people. Many different cultures have their own myths and legends. Today, we'll learn about Norse mythology. The Norse people are people from Norway or Scandinavia, especially during long ago medieval times. The Norse people settled in Britain in the 900s, and they came with lots of stories about gods, goddesses, giants, and monsters!

Norse Gods and Goddesses

Let's learn a little bit about the famous gods and goddesses in Norse mythology before we learn about the stories.

Odin

Odin ruled over all the other gods and goddesses. He was also known as the god of war, poetry, and magic.

Odin
odin

He had his own family - his wife was named Frigg, and they had a son named Balder. Odin only had one eye!

Freyja

Freyja was a goddess in charge of love and fertility, which means that she blessed women so they could have lots of children. She could cry tears of gold when she was sad and had a special symbol, the boar. She had a twin brother named Freyr.

Thor

You might have heard of Thor. He was the god of the sky, so he was in charge of storms and thunder.

Thor in his chariot
thor

He wore iron gloves and a magic belt and carried a hammer! People loved and trusted Thor.

Loki

Loki was known as the god of tricks because he liked to play pranks and jokes.

Loki
loki

Because of this, people didn't really trust him, and he made a huge mistake and accidentally killed Balder, the son of Frigg and Odin.

Norse Myths

Now that you know some of the gods and goddesses in Norse mythology, let's learn about two of their famous myths, or stories! Almost all Norse myths are about the gods or goddesses outsmarting each other or working together to outsmart a giant or a monster.

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