Norse Mythological Creatures

List of Top Norse Mythological Creatures

From the sea, to land and sky, the Ancient Norse believed in ancient creatures that shared their abode. From Midgard and beyond here is our top list of Norse Mythological creatures. This list is guaranteed to leave you chills.

The Sea Serpent – Lindworms – Jormangandr

Jormangandr is the child of Loki and Angerboda. He is also considered the fiendish foe of Thor. This serpent is considered so large that it encircles Midgard. Sometimes the Midgard Serpent is depicted as an ouroborus – the snake that consumes its own tail.

Sources for this Norse mythological creature are various, including the Prose Edda and in Skaldic Poetry. The story of the battle between Thor and the Serpent can also be found engraved in a variety of Runestones across the European continent.

A serpent without wings is known as a lindworm.

In medieval times, fear of this serpent continued in lesser form as sailors often recorded seeing lesser sea serpents dwelling in the seas.

Norse Mythological Creatures - Sea Serpent

Norse Sea Serpent

Trolls

Trolls are depicted in the Norse myths as a ugly and low-witted beings. Large in shape, they have horrendous features such as oversized ears and noses. Trolls are generally found alone or in small family groups. They live in isolated areas such as the forest and mountain side.

Trolls are malicious beings. Folktales from Norse mythology elaborate upon stories where humans caught in the snares of Trolls must outsmart them or suffer their fate. Sometimes Trolls are depicted to roam the landscape only during the night. During the day time, the rays of the sun will turn their flesh into stone. Areas such as the Troll Peaks in Norway are said to be such a place where the conversion into stone took place.

Amulets such as the Troll Cross are said to offer protection against trolls.

 

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Troll in Norse Mythology

“Trolls call me

   moon of dwelling-Rungnir,

   giant’s wealth-sucker,

   storm-sun’s bale,

   seeress’s friendly companion,

   guardian of corpse-fiord,

   swallower of heaven-wheel;

   what is a troll other than that?”

 

Dwarves (Black Elves)

The true appearance of dwarves is unlike modern depictions which illustrate them as small and stocky creatures. Instead, they are mysterious figures often illusive to the human eye. According to the texts, they reign in Svartalfheim (Home of the Black Elves) and are totally black in appearance.

Dwarves are generally regarded as being master craftsmen. Forging treasures such as the Mjolnir or he chains that bound Fenrir. Like in the folklore of Trolls, Dwarves also turn into stone when touched by the rays of the sun.

Since the true depiction of dwarves is very different than that popularized by pop-culture we have decided to add them to our last of the top mythological Norse creatures.

Norse Mythological Creatures - Dark Elf

Dark Elf

Draugr

Literally translates into “Again Walkers.” These creatures wreak of a horrible stench from being dead. There are two types, one belonging to land while the other category denotes draugr that live in the sea. They live in their graves until provoked to leave.

The Draugr are most reknown for their abilities to transform into anything they wish. They also have prophetic abilities that allow them to peer into the future.

At times the Draugr have been noted to appear in the dreams of a sleeper. However, unlike a dream that feels fleeting, the appearance of an again walker leaves the dreamer feeling like it was indeed visited by something terrible.

To keep these malicious beings away, the ancestors would leave a pair of scissors opened in the room.

The malicious nature of these creatures and the fact they are undead put them on our list of the top Norse mythological creatures.

“Then… the barrow was filled with a horrible stench; and he stuck his claws into the back of Hromund’s neck, tearing the flesh from his bones.”

Norse Mythological Creatures - Draugr

Draugr in Norse Mythology

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