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Aeacus – Judge of the Underworld

Zeus the Thunderer, after kidnapping the beautiful daughter of the river god Azop, took her to the island of Oynopia, which has since been named after Azop’s daughter Aegina. The son of Aegina and Zeus, Aeacus, was born on this island. When Aeacus grew up, matured, and became king on the island of Aegina, no one in all of Greece could compare to him in love of truth or justice. The great Olympians themselves revered Aeacus and often chose him as a judge in their disputes. After his death, Aeacus, like Minos and Radamant, became a judge in the underworld by the will of the gods.

Pandora – Creation and Pandora Box

When Prometheus stole the divine fire for mortals, taught them various arts and crafts and gave them knowledge, life on earth became happier. Zeus, angered by Prometheus’ actions, punished him severely and sent evil to the people. He commanded the glorious god, the blacksmith Hephaestus, to mix earth and water, and to make of this mixture a beautiful girl equal in power to men, to have a gentle voice and a gaze similar to that of the immortal goddesses. Zeus’ daughter Athena was to weave a beautiful garment for the girl; the goddess of love, the golden Aphrodite, was to give her a charm that no one could resist; Hermes to give her a cunning mind and dexterity.

Ragnarok – Gods in the Last War

The greatness of the gods, nature, and the Nine Kingdoms, as well as the established order, could not prevent the coming of quarrels and even wars. City against city, neighbor against neighbor, brother against brother, family broken, fathers against sons, mothers against daughters. That was it, the End of the World was coming.
The sand became iron, the rivers red. Three years of chaos, the first winter bitter to the eyes to tears, the second cheeks to blood; the third swallowed everything. Summer was engulfed in eternal winter. Snow called Fimbulvet, clouds, storms, ice.

Etna Mountain Erupts – A Look in the Past

Etna Mountain Myths Etna is a volcano in the northeastern part of the island of Sicily in Italy. Its height reaches 3323 meters with 200 craters and lava flows on its slopes. The age of the volcano is about 300 thousand years. The first historical eruption was...

Olympic Games – Next to the Ancient World

The Olympic Games might be rescheduled due to the Pandemic in 2020, but there is stil light in the tunnel: it might be this year in 2021 (In Tokyo, Japan, from 23 July to 8 August 2021), that we see the Olympics again. In appreciation of the games, let us look into the past and see the mythology and ancient ways, just to be in that “olympic spirit”, when the games begin again.

Bragi – Norse God Of Poetry – The First Skald

They returned to the offended Gunlod. She was not stupid, she sensed the truth. From the adventure of Odin transformed as Bolverk, nine months later she gave birth to a son named Bragi. When the boy grew up, she sent him to her father Odin. He was enchanting with his words, as sweet-spoken as sweet mead – proof of its creation with the help of mead.

Five Ages of Man – Greek Mythology

Five Ages of Man – Greek Mythology

The immortal gods living on the bright Olympus created the first human race happy; this was the Golden Age. Then the god Cronus ruled in the sky. In those days, people lived like the blessed gods, knowing neither worries, nor labor, nor sorrow. They did not know the weak old age either; their legs and arms were always strong and sturdy. Their life, without disease and full of happiness, was like an eternal feast. Their death, which came after a long life, was like a peaceful, quiet sleep.

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Punishment of Dionysus

Punishment of Dionysus

And in Orchomenus, in Boeotia, they did not want to recognize the god Dionysus. When the priest of Dionysus (Bacchus) appeared in Orchomenus and called on all the girls and women to go to the forests and mountains in merry mourning in honor of the god of wine, the three daughters of King Minyas refused to go to the feast: they did not want to recognize Dionysus for god. All the women of Orchomenus went out of the city into the shady forests and there sang and danced to celebrate the great god.

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Apollo and Daphne Myth

Apollo and Daphne Myth

The bright, cheerful god Apollo also knows sorrow: misfortune befell him too. He knew the grief soon after his victory over Python. When Apollo, proud to have defeated Python, stood over the monster defeated by his arrows, he saw the young god of love, Eros, stretching his golden bow. Apollo told him with a laugh:

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Apollo’s Punishment – Giants and Satyr

Apollo’s Punishment – Giants and Satyr

The long-range Apollo is frightening when he gets angry, and then there is no mercy of with his golden arrows. They killed many. From them perished the proud Otos and Ephialtes, sons of Aloadae, who did not want to obey anyone. From an early age, they were famous for their enormous height, strength and boundless courage. As young men, Otto and Ephialtes began to threaten the Olympian gods:

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The Magical Gifts for the Gods – Norse Mythology

The Magical Gifts for the Gods – Norse Mythology

Loki, the god of tricks, mischief and cunning. It is no coincidence that he is known in this way, his reputation haunted him everywhere, but deservedly so. Like when he jokingly decided to disfigure the head of Thor’s wife, Sif. Thor’s wife was beautiful, with long blond hair in golden curls. But Loki, bored, decided to climb into her bedroom while she slept one night and cut her golden hair. At that time, only slaves were short haired, and yet it was Sif – a goddess. In the morning, when Sif realized that someone had mocked her so cruelly, Thor immediately thought of only one that could afford to do such a thing.

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Thor Loses His Hammer – Norse Myth

Thor Loses His Hammer – Norse Myth

One day Thor realized that Mölnir was gone. The great hammer Mölnir, which was a gift to him because of the dexterity of Loki and the dwarf Brock. With Mölnir Thor defended Asgard, and most of his strength was in the hammer, and without him he was weak and vulnerable. He searched everywhere and noticed a note in his room from the giant Thrym, who stole the ransom hammer.

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Freyr (Frey) – God of Light – Norse Mythology

Freyr (Frey) – God of Light – Norse Mythology

Njord, originally from the Vanir, had two children: his son, the god Frey, and his daughter, the goddess Freya, also Vanir. When Njord was sent to the Aesir as a hostage after the great war between the Aesir and the Vanir, the god Frey and the goddess Freya followed him to Asgard. But Frey also felt good in Asgard – the gods treated him well. Frey was a cheerful god of sunlight, fertility, and the summer breeze. Everyone loved Frey except the ice giants, whom he himself could not stand – sun and ice – were not first friends.

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Njord and Skadi – Norse Myth

Njord and Skadi – Norse Myth

High in Trimheim, the giant Skadi was waiting for her father Thiazi to return. In the cold winds of Jotunheim. Skadi wants the most the return of her father. It was she who saw her father descend after Loki, who transformed into a falcon, but was inexperienced in this bird form, and Thiazi more experienced in his eagle form and more powerful than the deity of cunning, it was logical for Thiazi to return soon with the goddess Idunn and the apples of immortality. After all, the hated gods are nothing compared to the power of the giants.

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Idunn And The Gods Immortality – Norse Myth

Idunn And The Gods Immortality – Norse Myth

Idunn was the goddess of immortality. In her possession were magic apples, unknown where they came from, but especially edible and wonderful. These apples were the basis of the immortality of the gods – the bodies of the gods are more perfect than those of humans, dwarves and giants, but they were not indestructible. Their longevity and youth were due to the goddess Idunn and her apples.

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