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Naglfar – (“The ship with rivets”) Naglfar is a ship that the Death Goddess Hel created using dead humans’ fingernails. When people trim their fingernails, the construction of Nagelfar is delayed. It will be launched at Ragnarok from Jotunheim loaded with armed Jotuns, ready to fight the Gods.

Nain – A Dwarf.

Nanna, Anna, Inanna – (“The Moon”) Asa-Goddess, wife of Balder, mother of Forseti. She dies of heartache after Balder’s death and is burned with him on his funeral boat, along with his chopped up horse and a misfortunate Dwarf who Thor kicked in at the last minute.

Nar – A Dwarf.

Narfi – Narfi is son of Loki and Sigyn. Narfi was killed by his brother Vali, who was turned into a wolf. When Loki was punished, the Gods used Narfi’s intestines to bind him onto rocks under a poisonous snake which dripped its venom onto him.

Nastrond – Site of the hall of evildoers in Hel. The dragon Nidhogg gnaws at the corpses here.

Natt , Nott, Night – (“Night”) Natt, a Night-Disir, is the daugher of Norvi. She has been married three times. With Nagifari, her first husband, she had a son, Aud. Her second husband was Annarr, father of her daughter Earth/Erda (Jõrd). With Delling (“Dawn”), her third husband, she had a son, Dag/Day. Natt is also the mother of Njord. Natt and Dag circle the world on their horses. Natt’s horse is Hrimfaxi (“Frost Mane”). Dag’s is Skinfaxi (“Shining Mane”).

Need-fire – 1) Fire kindled directly from wood without flint by friction. 2) A person’s intense driving motivation to achieve a desired end.

Nehallennia [Nee-hal-een-ia] – (“The Fruitful One”) Great mother of sea and vegetation. Goddess of plenty, seafaring, fishing, fruitfulness. Her symbol is a cornucopia.

Nemeton – Sanctuary, often a sacred grove of trees

Nepur – Moon-God. He abducted king Ivaldi’s sons, Bil & Hjuki. as they tried to take mead from their fathers well. He had to release them when Ivaldi caught him as he rode through the underworld.

Nerthus – Mother Earth Goddess, primal earth mother. She is the oldest Scandinavian Goddess whose name has come down to us. Some connect her with Frigga. Possibly an older version of Njord (as the opposite sex) or his sister/wife with whom he has Freyr and Freya. She was a fertility Goddess whose worship was centered in Denmark. She lived in a grove on a sacred island. Once a year she traveled across the land in a wagon bringing a season of peace and plenty. When she tired, she returned to her island and was bathed in a lake by slaves who were later drowned.

NibelunggoldA treasure that was first owned by the Dwarf Andvari, which was stolen by the Æsirs. Andvari then spoke a curse over the magic ring Andvaranut. Hreidmar received Andvari’s hoard and a cursed gold ring from Odin, as compensation for the death of his son, Otter, but he refused to share any with his other sons. Fáfnir and Regin killed their father, but then Fafnir would not share the gold with Regin. Fáfnir went to a cave on the Gnita Heath and, making a lair there, turned himself into a dragon to guard the gold. Many years later, Regin killed the Fafni dragon, with the aid of Sigurdr, and reclaimed the gold. Sigurdr killed Regin and abandoned the gold.

Nid, Nídh – An insult which is also a curse, calling upon the Landvaettir to drive out the miscreant. “Nidering” is the worst thing any northerner could be called. Egil Skallagrimsson set up a “nidhin-pole” to magically banish Erik Bloddaxe from Norway. It worked.

Nidavellir – Land of the Dwarves.

Nidering, Nídhingr, Nithling – ON Nithingr. A wretched coward; a vile wretch. The very worst insult one could say to another.

Nidfjoll – (“Dark Mountains”) A hall, called Sindri, is found in this mountain range. It will be a refuge to those finding it at Ragnarok.

Nidhing Pole – (“Pole of insult”). ON: Nidstang. A pole with a horse’s head or carving of the victim in an obscene posture, sued for serious insult and damaging curses.

Nidhoggr [need-hoog] – (“Bites in anger”) The terrible dragon that guards the Spring of Hvergelmir in Niflheim and gnaws Yggdrasil’s root to the north. Nidhoggr is always arguing with the eagle in the top of the tree.

Nidi – A Dwarf.

Niflheim, Niflheimr – The lowest level of the nine worlds. The realm of mist becoming ice, abode of contraction and magnetism. The force of antimatter, a point of constantly pulling in on itself, like a “black hole”. The northern world of the ice and unbearable cold, north of Asgard, home of the Frost-Giants. It is the location of a frozen well known as Hvergelmir. Here Hel, created her Domain of the Dead, Helheim.

Niflehel – The location of Hela’s Helheim, the domain of the dead who don’t qualify for Valhalla. It lies in the northernmost part of the Niflheim underworld. There are passages connecting Jotunheimur to Niflhel. Jotunheimur contains the Giants that survived the blood-flood, but Niflhel has the souls of the Giants that drowned.

Nine Worlds of Norse Mythology – The world-tree Yggdrasil contains the whole of creation, embraced by nine worlds. 1) Asgardhr — world of the Æsir, the land of the Gods. 2) Vanaheim — world of the Vanir. 3) Midgardh — world of men. 4) Jotunheim — world of the Giants. 5) Svartalfaheim — world of the Dwarves. 6) Alfheim or Lysalfheim — world of the Light-Elves. 7) Muspellheim — world of fire, a bright, flaming, hot world in the southern region, home of the Fire-Giants. 8) Niflheim — world of ice and terrible cold, in the far north, home of the Frost-Giants, and 9) Helheim or Niflhel–world of the dead. Some versions of the mythology refer to Eight Worlds, combining Niflheim and Helheim, or Seven Worlds, in which Lysalfheim is the home of Freyr and Light Elves and is not considered a “world”. The Light-Elves also have a hall, Gimle, which is found in Andlang, one of the heavens above Asgardr. The other heaven above Asagardr is Vidblain.

Niorun Niorun is the Goddess of dreams. The Dwarves call nighttime Dream-Niorun.

Njörd, Niord – (“Stiller-of-storms”) Vana-God of seafaring. He controls wind, stills sea and fire. He is the son of Nott (Night). He lives in Noatun (“Boat Town”). His first wife was Nerthus, with whom he had his most famous children, Freyr and Freyja. He had eight more daughters. He was briefly married to Giantess Skadi who picked him for his beautiful feet, by mistake, thinking he was Balder. Njord and Skadi could not agree on where to live. She didn’t like his home, and he didn’t like hers, so they split up.

Noatun – (“Ship Yard” or “Boat Town”) Hall of the god Njörd.

Nordri – (“North”) The Dwarf Nordri was put in the sky’s north corner by Odin, Vili and Ve. The sky is made out of the Giant Ymir’s head.

NorfeThe Giant Norfe is the father of the disir Night. He was the first who built anything in Jotunheim.

Nori – A Dwarf.

Norn – Usually taken as the singular of the Nornir, the three Disir Fates of Norse myth known as Urdhr, Verdhandi, and Skuld, and representing the past, present and future.The embodiments of ørlög and causality. There are three Norns, Urdhr (that-which-is), Verdhandi (that-which-is-becoming), and Skuld (that-which-should-be) who shape the turnings of Wyrd through the worlds. Each person is also said to have his or her own lesser norns who bring his or her personal weird. These may be related to or identical with the Disir and Valkyrja, who also embody personal ørlög. Also known by the Saxons as the Weird or Wyrd Sisters.

Nyi – A Dwarf.

Nykur – A Kelpie, a malignant water-elemental, usually in the form of a horse.

Nyr – A Dwarf.

Nyrad – A Dwarf.

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