Before the world there was only Ginnungagap; a huge gap of emptiness.
South of Ginnungagap lay the home of the fire giants, Muspelheim, and to the north the cold and frosty realm of Niflheim.
The creation of the world began when the warm air from Muspelheim met the cold ice of Niflheim. From this the giant Ymir and the cow Audhumbla came to life.
Ymir drank from Audhumblas milk while the cow licked a salt stone and this caused the the first man being born of the stone. He was called Bure and he later got a son Borr who together with the Jotun daughter Besla fathered the Æsir god Odin and his brothers Vile and Ve.
When grown-up Odin, Vile and Ve killed the giant Ymir and used his blood, bones and teeth to create the world. They created Midgard from his eyelashes and then picked two trees and created a man, Ask, and a woman, Embla, who became the first humans to live in Midgard and the ancestors of all mankind.
They also created Asgard, the home of the gods and Midgard and Asgard are connected by an amazing rainbow Bifrost.
Bifrost is guarded by the God Heimdall, who has senses so sharp that he can hear the grass grow and see all the way around the world.
All in all there is nine worlds - Midgard, Asgard, Vanaheim, Alfheim, Muspelheim, Niflheim, Jotunheim, Svartalfheim and Nidavellir - and they're all connected by the world tree Yggdrasil, the holiest of all places in both Asgard and Midgard.
Vanaheim, Alfheim and Asgard are resting in the branches and the trunk of the tree goes right through Midgard.
A wise eagle sits in the top and at the root the serpent Nidhogg gnaws on the roots.
The eagle and serpent constantly argue, but since they never leave their posts the squirrel Ratatosk runs forth and back between the two with their insults.
The three norns, Urd, Verdande and Skuld, sit at the roots of the tree and spins the life thread for every human born.
Each day and each night the wolves Skoll and Hati chase the sun and the moon over the sky.
The moment they catch and swallow the sun and the moon the final battle, Ragnarok, between Gods and Jotuns will begin.
The king of the Æsirs is Odin. He is a mighty god, the most terrifying of them all, a great warlord and god of wisdom, victory, poetry, magic and happiness.
Odin sacrificed himself and hung nine days and nine nights in a tree to gain the knowledge of the runes.
Furthermore he sacrificed his left eye at Mimers well in order to gain wisdom.
Odins two ravens, Hugin and Munin, meaning thought and memory, sit on his shoulders and fly out and report back to him what they see.
He rides an eight-legged horse called Sleipnir and by his throne resides two wolves, Geri and Freki.
Odin is married to the goddess Frigg.
She is the goddess of love, fertility, marriage and motherhood. She's also believed to have the power of prophecy although she doesn't like to reveal what she knows.
Odin has many sons, some with Frigg, some by other women, also giants and jotuns.
Thor is one of his sons and is the strongest of the gods after Odin.
He is married to Sif.