A graphic depiction of the Nine Worlds in Norse cosmology, which is divided into three realms. These are:
In the Upper Realm:
Asgard, the abode of the Aesir, ruled by Odin, the chief of the Norse Gods.
Vanaheim, the dwelling-place of the Vanir.
Alfheim, the world of elves, ruled by Freyr.
Below, connected to the upper realm by Bifrost, the rainbow bridge:
Midgard, meaning “middle earth,” this is the abode of humanity, the physical plane. Midgard is surrounded by the Ocean, the abode of the world serpent Jormungand.
Jotunheim, the home of the Jotuns, or giants.
Svartalfheim, the world of the dark elves, an underground kingdom.
The lowest level, the Land of the Dead, also has three realms:
Niflheim, a frozen wasteland, eternal darkness, ruled by the Goddess Hel.
Muspelheim, the realm of the fire giants.
Hel, the abode of the dead.
|Diagram of the Nine Worlds
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