the dictionary of norse mythology


FLOOD At the time of creation in Norse mythology, the giant ymir was killed by the gods. His spurting blood created a flood. All the giants were drowned except bergelmir and his wife, who created a new race of giants. Oceans, seas, and lakes were formed from Ymir's blood. In the Old Testament Bible Genesis, Noah and his family and pairs of ani-mals are the only survivors of a flood. Stories of floods occur in many mythologies around the world, from India and Russia to New Guinea and North and South America.

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