Asgard

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Asgard (Old Norse: Ásgarðr - “Enclosure of the Æsir” or “Court of the Ás [gods]”) is one of the Nine Realms in Norse mythology, home to the Norse gods. Known as the Heavenly Realm or the Realm Eternal, Asgard lies far above Midgard (the realm of Earth), at the top of Yggdrasill’s highest branches. Ruled by Odin All-Father, its only connection to the earthly realm is the mystical rainbow bridge, Bifröst, home of the god Heimdallr.

At the center of Asgard lies the bountiful field of Iðavöllr (Old Norse: Iðavǫllr - "splendour-plain"); here the Æsir meet to feast, make revelry, and discuss important issues. The male gods meet in a hall called Glaðsheimr, the goddesses in the hall Vingólf. *According to the poem Grímnismál (as found in the Poetic Edda), Glaðsheimr is the field where Valhalla was located.

Popular Culture[change | change source]

In the science fiction series Stargate SG-1 and its spinoff series, Stargate Atlantis, "Asgard" is the name of a highly advanced, fictional race of beings who are extraterrestrial in origin.

Asgard appears frequently in Marvel Comics. Similar to the original mythological location, it is one of the Nine Realms, home to a race of beings known as the Asgardians, whom the Germanic peoples (in particular Norsemen) once worshipped as gods. It is often seen and referenced in both film, and television shows.

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  • Other spellings: Ásgard, Ásegard, Ásgardr, Asgardr, Ásgarthr, Ásgarth, Asgarth, Ásgardhr
  • Common Swedish and Danish form: Asgård
  • Norwegian: Åsgard (also Åsgård, Asgaard)
  • Icelandic, Faroese: Ásgarður