5.11 – THE VIKING GODS (4.12.13)

NORSE RELIGION & MYTHOLOGY [12c]

Lindisfarne, England. 793 AD.  Several hundred Viking raiders make landfall on this small tidal island off the coast of Northumbria, to plunder a great monastery of its rumored treasures. An account of the attack on Lindisfarne says the assault coincided with extraordinary whirlwinds…lightning…and fiery dragons crisscrossing the skies. Could these strange events be coincidence? Or could it be evidence that otherworldly forces may have been allied with the Vikings? Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe the answer can be found by examining the divine beings that form the basis of Norse religion and mythology.

“The Norse gods were worshiped over a very wide range of time and space throughout northern Europe, from the continental German lands through the British Islands, the far northern islands, such as Iceland and Greenland, and all throughout Scandinavia.”

Dr. Karl E.H. Seigfried (Norse Mythologist)

Because little information has survived related to the origin of the Norse, or Viking gods, modern scholars depend on a pair of Icelandic books written several hundred years after the Viking Age called the Eddas.

“And so we find that there’s the god Odin, the god Frey, the god Thor. Those are probably the best known. But there are a bunch of other supporting gods who flesh out this mythology. The gods live in a world of their own, but it’s closely connected to the world of men.”

– Timothy R. Tangherlini, Ph.D.
(Prof. & Chair, Scandinavian Section, UCLA)

“The Norse had some of the richest descriptions and references to the cosmos. In fact, they referred to the cosmos as “Yggdrasil,” meaning the Tree of Life. That was the symbol of their idea of the cosmos. And they were very specific in stating that their cosmos contained nine different worlds, one of which is ours, the Earth.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“We often hear about the Nine Worlds of the Nordic mythological realm. There’s Asgard and that’s the home of the gods Thor and Odin. There’s the world of humans. We call this Middle Earth, or Midgard. If we go step a little bit further outside of Asgard and Midgard, we confront Jotunheimr, or the land of the giants. We’ll encounter Muspells, which is an area of fire. We’ll encounter Niflheimr, which is another world where the frost ogres live. We’ll encounter Alfheimr, which is where the elves live.”

– Timothy R. Tangherlini, Ph.D.
(Prof. & Chair, Scandinavian Section, UCLA)

According to the Eddas, Asgard was home to the most powerful of the gods. It is described as a beautiful and peaceful realm, full of glimmering halls and fertile fields cut by shimmering rivers.

“Odin is the chief of the gods. He lives in the highest of the heavens, Asgard. He had one eye. He’d given up an eye to drink of the water of truth. So, he has this depth of wisdom. So, he’s a warrior god able to bring fury and danger to the enemies.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

“Odin was the god that gave people written language in the runes, he was the god that gave them the poetic mead, he was the god that gave them many aspects of what would be considered a sort of noble way of life.”

– Scott A. Mellor, Ph.D. (Lecturer, Scandinavian Studies, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison)

But was Odin perhaps something other than a mythic deity? Could he have actually existed? And if so, how? Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe clues to Odin’s true identity may lie in the myths describing his two ravens Huginn and Muninn.

“Odin’s Ravens were his scouts. They were his research team. Huginn and Muninn represent thought and memory. So, Odin had these scouts, these spy satellites that would go out and see what he needed to learn for today’s activities.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

“According to Norse legends, every morning Odin sent out his two magical ravens, Huginn and Muninn, and at night those ravens would return and he would listen to them, and they would tell him everything that they observed throughout the entire day.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Scholars believe Odin’s two ravens translated as thought and memory were simply mythological creations. But is it possible that Huginn and Muninn were actually something else? Something perhaps more technological?

“Whenever he wanted to observe other worlds, find out what they were doing, he would send these two ravens out, and they would be like spy drones or something, and they would go to these other countries and then come back to Odin and report to him what was going on. And it would seem like what Odin had was some kind of spy planes or spy drones that he was sending out much as we do today.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“The question is whether the Norse really stated that these were ravens, or whether they were instead something else, that they were somehow flying objects. So, we have details here of something mythical, of ravens being able to speak to the gods, or the ravens are some kind of spy drone or some other kind of spy satellite technology by which Odin is able to get information.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

Could it be that Odin was actually an extraterrestrial explorer? One who sent flying machines like modern-day drones to gather intelligence on the ancient Scandinavians? And if so, might there be more evidence of Odin’s otherworldly technology contained within other Viking myths?

“When Odin sits in Asgard, it’s almost like he’s got total situational awareness. He’s got these ravens who fly out every day and come back and tell him the news of the world. But he can also sit in this high seat.”

– Timothy R. Tangherlini, Ph.D.
(Prof. & Chair, Scandinavian Section, UCLA)

“Odin’s high seat, which is a name that basically translates as the “watchtower,” is a place where he can sit and look out over all the worlds of creation and see everything that’s happening in the world.”

Dr. Karl E.H. Seigfried (Norse Mythologist)

Is it possible that this high seat, or watchtower, is yet another example of advanced extraterrestrial technology, as Ancient Astronaut Theorists suggest?

“Some of these stories that come out of our past of the god Odin, and having the ability to actually sit above Midgard, or the Earth, and see everything from a vast distance, we have to wonder if this isn’t actually mythological but potentially technological. It sounds to me as if Odin was sitting in some type of a captain’s chair in a spaceship above the Earth, which allowed him to have this view.”

– Jason Martell
(Founder, AncientSchool),
(Author, Knowledge Apocalypse)

“So the moment we have stories of gods needing all this type of equipment in order to find out first what is going on leads me to think that we are not talking about actual gods, but we are talking about space travelers who had access to technology, and our ancestors witnessed all of this and they said, well, obviously these guys are gods.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Was Odin’s high seat actually referring to an orbiting spaceship from which the chief god could look down on Earth, as some Ancient Astronaut Theorists suggest? And if so, might this also help explain the incredible technologies attributed to other so-called Viking gods? As the god of thunder and lightning Thor was able to summon storms and battle giants with his magical hammer.

“Thor is the son of Odin. He is a sky god. He is in charge of thunder and lightning. He has a great hammer. He is he’s a terrifying presence, a power god. Thor was usually seen flying through the skies in a great cart pulled by goats.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

“If Odin was the chief god, Thor was the god for all of us. Thor, in a sense, is the quintessential sky god. Our word thunder comes from Thor. In Swedish, the word for thunder evokes the idea of driving Thor’s chariots over the vault of heaven, and you can sort of see the crashing and the burning of that chariot going across heaven as being the lightning and the thunder that we experience in a storm.”

– Scott A. Mellor, Ph.D. (Lecturer, Scandinavian Studies, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison)

“He’s a remarkable character. He’s very strong and he’s a protector. He goes out, and he basically beats up and kills giants. Not only to protect the gods, but as an offshoot, kind of collateral damage, he protects us humans, as well.”

    – Timothy R. Tangherlini, Ph.D.
(Prof. & Chair, Scandinavian Section, UCLA)

According to Norse mythology, Thor derived his power from several seemingly magical tools. One was Menginjoro – a belt that is said to have magically doubled Thor’s already awesome strength.

“It was called Thor’s power belt. So, the moment I hear stories about that you put on a belt, and it doubled your strength? Then I have to ask myself, well, is it possible that what we’re talking about here is some type of a technological device?”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“Today, we have actually come to the point whereby these prosthetics are actually able to listen to brain commands. So, what we’ve actually done is recreate some kind of exoskeleton, an exterior, an artificial nervous system, whereby our brain gives commands to our limbs. All of this through technology.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

“Thor’s belt of strength seems to have a very similar description to modern technology where we would call it a bionic exoskeleton. The ability for a soldier to put on a device that would increase their speed and their strength is possible today. So, when we look at this description of Thor’s strength in this belt, it’s very possible, this is some type of an extraterrestrial technology.”

– Jason Martell
(Founder, AncientSchool),
(Author, Knowledge Apocalypse)

“When the ancients are describing technology, it’s clear that they couldn’t have known exactly what this was, and it opens the question, is it possible that what we today would interpret as bionic exoskeletons was an actual advanced technology possessed by the Vikings or their gods.”

– William Henry (Author / Investigative Mythologist),
(Author, Freedom’s Gate), (The Judgment Day Device),
(Lost Secrets of the Watchers), (The Secret of Sion),
(Egypt: The Greatest Show on Earth)

Is it really possible that the Viking gods Odin and Thor were, in fact, extraterrestrial visitors? Alien beings who possessed advanced technology? If so, where might this advanced species have come from? How did they get here? And what was their agenda? Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe the answers may be found in the stories of the other, lesser known, Viking gods. And in Nordic legends that tell of cosmic bridges linking planet Earth to an otherworldly realm.

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