Around the 3.-6. century A.D. the Germanic speaking people, who originally came from the region bounded by the Rhine, the Danube and the Vistula, began to migrate as the power of the Roman Empire declined.
They traveled in different directions; some to South Norway and Sweden and to South- and East England. Other set out to South Russia, Italy, Spain; some went as far away as North Africa. Those who left were relatively fast converted to Christianity, but the tribes that stayed in the North and Iceland remained pagan. It is here the Nordic mythology was born.
The Germanic or Nordic myths were about the Gods and their fights with monsters and other all kinds of the worlds’ evils. The people that lived at that time regarded the Gods as their idols, so when the myths told about young healthy men fighting for their country, it is not difficult to understand why those people were as they were. The first signs of the Nordic mythology are rock carvings from the Bronze Age. The subject from so long time ago can’t certainly be traced back to Nordic mythology. On the contrary in Saxo Grammaticus (about 1200) and in “Edda” by Snorres Sturlassons (about 1245) there are clear signs of the mythology’s great period. About year 1000 Christianity was also imposed on the North and Iceland. And the old beliefs were slowly forgotten.
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