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Jalg, Jalk – (“Gelding”) Another name for Odin.

Jarnsaxa [yarn-sax-a] – (“Iron Sword”) Giantess lover of Thorr and mother of his sons Magni and Modi. May have been one of the Asynjor.

Jarnvidur – A forest to the north-east of Midgard where witches and Troll women live. See Iron-Wood.

Jord, Jorth, Erda – “Earth”; Giantess mother of Thorr by Odhinn.

Jormungand, Iormungandr, Midgardsormr – The World Serpent, who is extremely formidable but an essential part of the world’s structure, and cannot be removed. It is the offspring of Loki and the Giant Angr-Boda, along with Hela, Narfi, and Fenris-wolf. The name Jormungand means ‘Huge Pole’. Odin, fearing evil intent, flung the serpent into the sea, where it grew so large that it surrounded the earth biting its own tail.

Jormungrund – (“Giant Land”) The underworld was the first created world, the home of Mimir and the good giants and evil frost giants.

Juravale’s Marsh – The place where the Dwarves of the line of Dvalin made their dwelling, their stone hall, Joruvellir.

Joruvellir – Place where the race of Dwarves called Lovar come from.

Jötun, Jotunn – A race of Giants. The Jotuns come in many shapes and colours, from gastly monsters to creatures so beautiful that they outshine both humans and Gods. The Thursar, singular Thurs, were antagonistic, destructive, and stupid. A number of the Jotuns were welcomed as members of the Æsir. Loki is of Jotun heritage but was adopted as Odin’s blood-brother. There are also may stories of Æsir having affairs with fair Jotun maidens. The Jotuns represent nature’s forces of Chaos, compared to the Gods who constantly try to keep the world at staus quo. Ragnarok will be the final battle of these forces. Trolls, giants and goblins, known from folk tales, are more recent variants of Jotuns.

Jotunheim, Jotunheimr – The world of the Giants. The realm of the Jotuns, outside both Asgard and Midgard. The realm’s borders are constantly moved eastward, as Ginnungagap is constantly edging westward.

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