Magic – The magic used by our northern ancestors covered an amazing range of subjects and possibilities: Shapeshifting, incantations, runic divination, “sitting-out”, weather and element magic, evil eye, image magic, necromancy, counter-magic, charms, prophecy and second-sight, herbalism, healing and poisons, “platform magic”, mind control, death magic and curses, sexual magic, ghost lore, battle magic. Many of these overlap one another, with shamanic techniques complementing herbalism and healing, as an example. Also see Galdor and Seid.

Magni [mag-nee] – (“The Powerful”) Son of Thorr and Jarnsaxa; extremely strong at birth. Magni kills Nidhogg in Ragnarok which he survives with his brother Modi. The brothers inherit Mjollnir.

Málrúnar, Malrunes – ON: mal or mål, meaning speech. Speech runes, by which one gains eloquence. Generally, the Malrunes are used in magic that brings advantage to the rune user by means of speech. A Malrune is a runic formula that is spoken, called, or sung to achieve the desired magical result. Malrunes are effective in areas of life where words are important. They can be used to gain compensation against injuries, especially in legal actions. When they are used for this purpose, they should be written upon the walls, pillars and seats of the place where the case is being tried. Malrunes are also used in the word magic of poetry and invocation.

Mana – 1) The Finnish Death Goddess of the Kalevala. Her realm is called Manala. 2) A vital essence that is the pure energy of Love and Harmony.

Måni – Moon-God. Moon is the son of Mundilfari and the Light-Disir Sol’s brother. Together with his sister Sol he was placed in the sky by the Æsirs. Moon is chased by the wolf Manegarm.

Manegarm, Moongarm – The most mighty wolf ever bred, Manegarm chases the Moon every night. In the battle of Ragnarok he finally catches the Moon. He eats corpses and spatter heavens with lifeblood. Manegarm was given birth by a Giantess in the Ironforest.

Manheimur – The name of the land where the Aesir settled during their absence from Asgard during the war with the Vanir.

Mardoll – (“Shining over the Sea”) An aspect of Freya.

Mattr – ON: Personal beneficial force.

Mead – A type of ale brewed from honey and water and thought to be the nectar of the gods. Mead is the drink which made the Germanic tribes fierce…and also extremely inebriated. It is the celebrated drink of Beowulf, made from fermented honey. Apparently when put in a horn (the preferred Germanic drinking vessel), it left a residue at the tip of the horn which turned into ergot, a hallucinogenic by-product, which probably explains their fanaticism in battle. However, in certain Eastern European countries, mead is still a popular home-brewed drink, and is very simple to concoct:

Mead of Poetry – The Mead of Poetry is a very special mead which makes the drinker a poet. The mead was made of Kvæsir’s blood mixed with honey by Fjalar and Galar.

Medu – ON: Mead, inspiration, transformation.

Megin – OE: A personal force, distinct from physical power or strength, the possession of which assures success and good fortune.

Meile(Mile Stepper”) Meile is Thor’s relatively unknown brother.

Meinvættir – Evil spirits who do one personal injury.

Mell – A sacred hammer.

Mengingjord, Megingjardar (“Strength Increaser”) Thor’s strength belt. With it wrapped around his stomach Thor becomes twice as strong and twice as angry.

Mengloth – The bride of Svipdag who lives on the Lyfja mountain in Lyr hall. Svipdag had to take a perilous journey to marry her.

Menja – Jotun-Giantess, sister of Fenja, the two women responsible for turning King Frodes giant mill, Grotte.

Mermaids -The mermaids appear in Norse lore as well, and lure unsuspecting seafarers off-course with their beautiful song. Aegir and Ran’s nine wave-daughters are undines or mermaids.

Messe-dag stave – Wooden almanac showing holy days only. See Primestave.

Mickle – Great (in the sense of large); mighty.

Middle-Garth – (ON Midgardhr): the world of humankind.

Midgard, Midgardhr – ON: The material universe, the dwelling place of humanity. The world of mankind. The realm of humanity, which the gods built out of Ymir’s eyebrows as a protection against the Jotuns.(OE: Middangaerd, Meddlert)

Midgardsormr – One of Loki’s children, a serpent that circles Midgard. Brother to Hel and the Fenrir-wolf. Thor will kill the snake during Ragnarok. See Iormungand; World Serpent.

Mirmir – (“The Murmuring”) Mirmir is Bolthorn’s son, Betsla’s brother, and Odin’s mother’s brother. Mimer is a proto-etin (Giant) and the wisest of all beings, holder of all knowledge that has ever existed, who lived by Mimir’s Well. At the end of the war with the Vanirs, Mirmir was sent as a hostage. The Vanirs chopped off his head and sent it back to Asgard. Odin galdored over the head, reviving it, and now it lives in the well. Mirmir is God of all the waters beneath the earth.

Mimir’s Well – The source wisdom and intelligence; this well lies under the root of Yggdrasill in Asgard and is guarded by the head of Mimir. Odin came there and asked for a single drink from the spring, but he did not get it until he had given one of his eyes to Mímir.

Mimisbrunnur – Mimir’s Well.

Minni – (ON: minni; OE mynd) The faculty of “memory”; the images stored in the deep mind from aeons past. The reflective part of the soul, the memory–personal and transpersonal. Also myne.

Mirkwood – A magic, dark forest from which three Valkrye maidens flew in search of husbands.

Mist(“The Mist” or “The Fog”) The Valkyrie Mist is one of Odin’s two servants. Her major task is to serve the Einheriars in Valhalla of the four kinds of mead that comes from the goat Heidrun. Mist and Hrist bring an ale horn to Odin.

Mistblindi – (“Fog Blind”) Mistblindi is father to the Ocean Giant Aegir and the Fire Giant Logi.

Mistletoe – 1) The mistletoe was sacred to the Druids and to the Norse. It was considered to be the great healer and has both male and female qualities. It was so well regarded by the Norse (because it was sacred to Freyja) that they refused to fight in the vicinity of Mistletoe.The custom of hanging Mistletoe in the house to promote peace comes from this. Generally regarded today as a symbol of love and purity. 2) By an oversight, Mistletoe was the only entity in the universe that did not swear to not cause harm to Balder. Loki used magic to make an arrow of Mistletoe, and tricked Balder’s blind brother, Hodur, to shoot at Balder. The arrow struck and killed Balder.

Mit sinn ok megin – Old Norse phrase meaning “belief in one’s own Might and Main”, found in the Icelandic sagas describing those who did not sacrifice to the Germanic Gods, but rather believed in themselves.

Mjollnir – (“Smasher” or “Crusher”) Thor’s hammer, forged by the Dwarf Brokk, hits everything that Thor aims at and always comes back to his hand. Thor can reduce its size to hang it around his neck. Thor’s Hammer is one of the most popular pieces of jewelry of the Viking era.

Modgud – [mod-good] – The grim skeleton Modgunn is the guardian by the Gjallarbridge bridge that goes over the river Gjoll to the kingdom of death, Hel. She extracts a toll of blood before permitting one to cross. She demands everyone who passes tell their name and family.

Modi [mode-ee] – (“The Brave) Son of Thorr and Jarnsaxa. He is very brave. He will survive the Ragnarok with his brother, Magni.

Modin – (“Tired”) A horse belonging to the Dwarf Dvalin.

Modsognir, Durin – Dwarves; the Dwarves were originally maggots but given intelligence by Gods.

Modvitnir – (“Mead-Wolf”) A Dwarf.

Mood – (ON: mód): The emotional part of the soul closely allied with the wode.

Morkkurkalve – A golum, or Mud-Giant, created by the Jotuns to help Rungnir in his fight with Thor. He is shaped from mud, with a mare’s heart. He is nine miles tall and his chest is three miles wide. He collapsed during the battle.

Mundilfari – (“Travels like a pendulum”) Father of the beautiful Sun and her brother Moon. The Gods thought Sun and Moon were too beautiful so they put them in the sky.

Munin – (“Memory”) One of Odin’s two black ravens. Everyday the ravens fly out all over the world, returning and reports what they have seen.

Murk-stave – From ON myrkstafr. The negative aspects of a given runestave.

Muspell, Muspellheim, Muspellheimr -Land of fire. The first world to exist. A bright, flaming, hot world in the southern region, home of the Fire-Giants. Realm of fiery sparks, abode of expansion and electricity. The force of pure energy constantly expanding away from itself.

Myne – (ON: minni; OE mynd) The faculty of “memory”; the images stored in the deep mind from aeons past. The reflective part of the soul, the memory–personal and transpersonal. See also Minni.

Myrkstafr – ON: The negative aspects of a given runestave. “Murk-stave”.