What is the Norse equivalent to the Great Flood?

  • I have constantly heard that every mythology has its own version to explain why the ocean rose after the last ice age ended(roughly 10,000 years ago). But, I have only heard the christian version with Noah, and the Greek version.

    Also, you anyone thinks of any other Great Flood story not from Greek, Norse or Christianity, feel free to mention it.

    Atrahasis and Utanapishtim are two Near Eastern versions, almost identical to each other, and broadly similar to Noah. There is a theory the Near Eastern flood myths developed from an ancient memory of a huge flooding of the Black Sea region.

  • Semaphore

    Semaphore Correct answer

    4 years ago

    The Norse flood myth is actually a flood of blood, created when Odin, Vili and Vé slew Ymir, the primeval ancestor of the jötnar. From Snorri's Prose Edda:

    The sons of Bor slew the giant Ymer, but when he fell, there flowed so much blood from his wounds that they drowned therein the whole race of frost-giants; excepting one, who escaped with his household. Him the giants call Bergelmer. He and his wife went on board his ark and saved themselves in it.

    The resemblance to the biblical flood myth is apparent, apart from Norse Noah being a frost giant and the whole blood thing. Though Norse mythology also says that the world is fashioned from Ymir's body, with his blood being used to create the oceans.

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