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On the highest level were the worlds of the gods and goddesses. There were two types of god. The Aesir were warrior gods. They lived in Asgard. The Vanir, or fertility gods, lived in Vanaheim. Each deity had a magnificent hall of his or her own.

In the middle of Asgard lies the plain of Idavoll (or Ida) where the Aesir meet to decide important issues. There the gods assemble in the hall of Gladsheim and the goddesses in the hall of Vingolf. The gods also meet daily at the Well of Urd, beneath the Asgard root of the ash tree Yggdrasil.

A rainbow bridge, called Bifrost, connected Asgard to Midgard, below. The watchman of this bridge was the god, Heimdall.

Also found on this level is Valhalla, Hall of the Slain, an immense hall where warriors slain in battle await the final conflict. The hall is presided over by Odin. This vast hall has five hundred and forty doors. The rafters are spears, the hall is roofed with shields and breast-plates litter the benches. A wolf guards the western door and an eagle hovers over it. It is here that the Valkyries, Odin's messengers and spirits of war, bring the heroes that died on the battle fields. These heroes, the Einherjar, are prepared in Valhalla for the oncoming battle of Ragnarok. When the battle commences, eight hundred warriors will march shoulder to shoulder out of each door.


Vanaheim ("Home of the Vanir") is the land of the Vanir. It is located in Asgard.


Alfheim means "Elf Home". It is located on the highest level of the Norse universe. Alfheim is the palace of the god Freyr and the homeland of the elves of light. Neither the elves of light nor the elves of darkness, who live in Svartalfheim, participate in any of the events described in the Norse myths. Elves do, however, have active roles in the literature of quite a few of the other branches of Indo-European mythology.

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Gjermund Marqvardsen