Of Disir (One Dis - Many Disir) The Asatruarmenn, the men who worshiped the old Norse Gods

, neither worshiped Jotuns nor Dvergar. They only believed in them, like some of us believe in Ghosts today. Disir play another role than Jotuns or Dvergar in this religion, they were worshiped, though they were not worshiped here in Iceland. The name Dis is used for many female figures, these females were even sometimes the female Gods. More often though the name Dis is used for Valkyrjur, Nornir and Fylgjur.

Of Valkyrjur (One Valkyrja - Many Valkyrjur) Valkyrjur followed Odinn and were therefor often called Odinnsmeyjar (the women of Odinn). Odinn used the Valkyrjur to decide who would die in a battle. All men who were killed (with a wepon) went to Odinn and were called Einherjar. In Odinns house the Valkyrjur served the Einhverjar and gave them ale to drink. But there were also other Valkyrjur who looked like ordinary women. They could like the Odinnsmeyjar ride in the sky as on the earth. These Valkyrjur most often followed some heros (which weren't dead). They came to them in their dreams and gave them help when they needed. Sometimes they could see into the future and told the heros what would happen.

Of Nornir (One Norn - Many Nornir) The Nornir (female figures) created the fate of men. The oldest of them is Urdur, but the three main Nornir are Urdur, Verdandi and Skuld. They live in a beautiful hall close to Urdarbrunnur. In addition to these three there are many Nornir which go to every newborn child's cradle and create its age as it is called. Even to this day it's a custom that every woman that has had a child shall eat a dish called Nornagrautur (Nornir'sporridge). Of Dvergar (Dwarfs) (One Dvergur - Many Dvergar) Snorri's story of how the Dvergar were created goes like this: Dvergar were originally worms which lived in Ymis corpse, but the Gods changed them into menlike creatures that live beneath the earth or in rocks. Sometimes the Dvergar live in a place called Svartalfaheimur (the world of the black elfs), but usually they live in cliffs and big stones. Echo was once called dvergamali (the speak of the dwarfs). The main characteristics of Dvergar is how small they are. But despite their smallness they cary out the task of keeping the heaven in place. The Gods placed one Dvergur at each of the four corners of the world. These Dvergars names are Austri (East), Vestri (West), Nordri (North) and Sudri (South). The main job the Dvergar do is making beautiful valuables both for men and the Gods, and indeed all the most beautiful things the Gods had were made by the Dvergar. Dvergar were also very wealthy, had a lot of gold and gems. Often there's a great curse on their valuables, if they fall into the hands of men. In one of the Eddukv�di, Alvissmalum, there is a story of a dwarf called Alvis, which lived in a rock beneath earth. He wanted to marry Thor's daughter, so he

went to Thor to ask for her hand. Thor didn't want that to happen so he said that Alvis could have her, if he could answer all his questions. Alvis who was very wise (his name means the one who knows all) had no trouble answering them all. This went until dawn, then when the sun came up Alvis turned to rock. Sometimes the Dvergar used tricks to cause harm. There is a story of a Swedish king whose name was Sveigdir, that was tricked, by a Dvergur. The king was tricked to walk into a rock. When the king had gone in the rock closed so that he couldn't get out. Dvergar play a quite big role in the stories of the Gods, but they play a very little role in the Icelandic folkstories. Of Jotuns (One Jotunn - Many Jotnar) The Jotuns are the oldest of all living creatures. Men and Gods came later on. The oldest of the Jotuns was Ymir who was killed by Odinn and his two brothers Vili and Vei. In Ymir's blood, all the Jotuns drowned except for one from whom all the Jotuns descend. However, the death of Ymir did not mark the end of the fight between the Jotuns and the Gods. The fight did not end until Ragnarok. The Jotuns are the main foes of the Gods and are always at war against them. The stories of the Gods are mostly about the dealings between the Gods and the Jotuns. Thor is the only God who is able to kill the Jotuns and this he does with his hammer Mjolnir. Though the Jotuns are the biggest foes of the Gods, the Gods (most often Odinn) sometimes ask them for wisdom, because some of the Jotuns are very wise. The major part of Odinn's wisdom came from Mimir, who was the wisest of them all. For this wisdom (a sip of water from the well of Mimir) he gave his right eye, and therefore Odinn has only got one eye. The Jotuns were said to be very ugly man-like creatures, who were a lot bigger and stronger than normal men. Some of the Jotuns were so ugly that they didn't even look like men any longer, some of them had got many heads and so on. The Jotunmeyjar (the female Jotun) were like the Jotun (the male), quite ugly, but some of them were said to be very beautiful, so beautiful that the Gods fell in love with them. Gerdur, Freyr's wife and Skadi, Njardar's wife, were both Jotunmeyjar. The Jotuns also tried to get the Asynjur (the female Gods) away from the Gods, especially Freyja. The difference between the Jotunmeyjar and normal women was that the Jotunmeyjar didn't ride horses, but rode wolfes instead. Many of the Jotuns did not like the sunlight and turned to stone if they saw the daylight. Almost all the Jotuns in the Eddas live far away from men in so-called Jotunheimar (the world of the Jotuns). Snorri says that the Gods gave the Jotuns homes all around the world of men. But men often thought that they only lived far East and West. In many of the Sagas of the Gods, Thor is said to be in Austurvegi (in the East) fighting trolls. In the East the Jotuns live in big gardens. The most famous of them are Geirrodur from Geirrodargordum (from the gardens of Geirrodur) and Utgarda-Loki (Loki from out-gardens). Hrimthursar the Joduns which live in the north were said to have a coldish appearance. Like described in this verse: Gekk inn i sal Walked into a hall glumdu joklar glacier clanged var karls, er kom, the man's, who came in, kinnskogr frorinn. beard was frozen. Kinnskogr actually means the forest of the cheek. The rest of the Jotuns lived in the mountains and caves near where men live. These Jotuns which live there are called Trolls, the males are also called Risar (giants) and the females Skessur. In the Icelandic folktales these Trolls fight the Christians. The Trolls though, were not wise like the Jotuns. In fact, the Trolls were quite stupid. Instead of fighting the Gods, the Trolls fought against men and sometimes ate them.