The Gods & Goddesses of Norse Mythology
Originating from northern Germanic tradition, Norse mythology is by design both grim and grand.
It is a mythology not just limited to that of a group of people with a distinctly strong warrior culture, but a people who found joy in art, music and craft. It encompasses a people who explored, survived and thrived when on the outer rim of the known world and essentially, people who believed that the world was destined to end and begin all over again.
There is also a certain sense of destiny that surrounds all of the Norse gods. Unlike the gods of other pantheons, there is no sense that they are eternal. Even the greatest of the gods would play a role in the final battle, the Ragnarok, and they would fall. The actions of each would play a role in ushering at that end of days, one in which the gods would finally fall as they fought their various enemies and only a pair of humans would be left on an empty Earth.
Though the Norse sagas could seem grim to some, there is also an element of hope in all of them. While the death of the gods might be pre-ordained, there was always the caveat that the world would begin anew. It made sense for the Norse, who dealt with seasonal shifts in weather and crop availability, to see the world as one that existed in cycles. It would only follow, then, that their gods would be beheld to those same cycles.