Midgardian-Timeline

History and Timeline

  • ? P: The world begins with the empty void of Ginnungagap, growing from the center of this void is the seedling tree known as Yggrdrasil.
    • ? P: As the tree Yggdrasil grows, from its branches sprout a realm of ice known as Niflheim, and a realm of flame known as Muspelheim.
  • ? P: Muspelheim and Niflheim’s energy collide at the center of Ginnungagap, at the base of Yggdrasil. Amid the hissing and sputtering, the fire melted the ice, the water drops formed themselves into Ymir, the first of the godlike Jötunns.
  • ? P: Ymir slept, falling into a sweat. Under his left arm there grew a man and a woman. And one of his legs begot a son with the other. This was the beginning of the Jötunns.
  • ? P: Thawing frost then became a cow called Audhumla. Four rivers of milk ran from her teats, and she fed Ymir.
  • ? P: The cow licked salty ice blocks. After one day of licking, she freed a man’s hair from the ice. After two days, his head appeared. On the third day the whole man was there. His name was Buri, and he was tall, strong, and handsome. Buri begot a son named Bor, and Bor married Bestla, the daughter of a giant.
  • ? P: Bor and Bestla had three sons: Odin was the first, Vili the second, and Vé the third.
  • ? P: Buri had an affair with the Jötunn Bestla, this Jötunn, gave birth to the first two Vanir, twins Njörðr and Njörun.
  • ? P: Njörðr climbs the mighty branches of the Yggdrasil, finding a strange, but magnificent pinecone upon the tree, Njörðr places his hand upon this pinecone, causing it to grow into the world of Vanaheimr.
  • ? P: Njörun with child by Njörðr, gives birth to the twins Freyja and Freyr, and two daughters Gefjon and Gullveig.
  • ? P: The children of Ymir seeing themselves as kin climb down to the roots of Yggdrasil, and using their combined powers of fire and ice, build the realm of Jötunheimr.
  • ? P: Freyja and Freyr marry, and travel Yggdrasil seeking a home for their family. Alas through their search they find naught but that which is already home to the other deities, and in an attempt to return to Vanaheimr they become lost, spending the night together they both woke up to find that the area that they slept grew into the seed of a new world, Álfheimr.
  • ? P: Freyr somewhat homesick, calls forth rain upon this new world devoid of plants, from the ground sprouts the grass and trees of his homeworld, and from the rain drops off the leaves of Yggdrasil come the Ljósálfar, a light skinned elven race.
  • 0 Sy: The three sons of Bor had no use for Ymir and his growing family of brutish giants. They attacked and killed Ymir. So much blood flowed from Ymir’s body that it drowned all the other giants except for Bergelmir and his wife, who rode away in a hollowed-out tree trunk floating on a sea of gore to Jötunheimr. All the giants today are descended from them.
  • 18 Sy: From the ocean of blood that Ymir unleashed, flowing down the roots of Yggdrasil sprang forth two new worlds. The underworld realm known as Helheimr. And the dark realm of Svartálfaheimr, where pools of Ymir’s blood sprouted forth the Svartálfar, a monstrous, yet dwarven race.
  • 119 Sy: From the blood-soaked soil of the world tree Yggdrasil, at the trunk around Álfheimr, sprout the Dökkálfar, a dark skinned elven race.
  • 348 Sy: Óðin, Vili, and Vé took Ymir’s body to the center of Ginnungagap. From his body, they made the world. Ymir’s flesh became the earth, and his unbroken bones the mountains. From his teeth and bone fragments, they made rocks and stones. They used his blood to make the lakes and ocean encircling the world. They raised Ymir’s skull over the earth to make the sky and placed a Svartálfar at each of the four corners to hold up the sky. Glowing embers from Múspell were thrown into the sky to make the sun and moon and stars and planets. Ymir’s brains were thrown into the sky to make the clouds. Ymir’s eyebrows were used to make a fortification around the world, to protect against the giants. Inside the fortification is Miðgarð, the realm of man.
  • 1532 Sy: One day, Óðin, Vili, and Vé were walking along the land and came across two trees with their roots ripped out of the ground. One was an ash, the other an elm. They fashioned these into the first man and woman. Óðin breathed into them the spirit of life. Vili provided consciousness, wits, and a feeling hearts. Vé gave them the gifts of hearing and sight. The man was called Ask (ash) and the woman Embla (elm), and they were given Miðgarð in which to live. All the races of men are descended from them.
  • 1532 Sy: Bergelmir enraged at what Odin and his brothers did to his grandfather, carves into the world tree Yggdrasil, runes of death, marking Odin’s creation, humans as mortals, so powerful were these runes that not even Odin could remove them. Unfortunately for the other races connected by the world tree, the strength of these runes leaked into their being as well, losing their immortality, but only just.
  • 1642 Sy: Odin married Frigg, the daughter of Fjörgvin. From this family has come all the kindred that inhabits Asgard and those kingdoms that belong to it. Members of this family are called the Æsir, and they are all divinities.
  • 2016 Sy: Frigg gives birth to the god Thor, who’s given as the protector of humankind.
  • 2362 Sy: One of the giants had a daughter named Nótt (night); her son was named Dag (day). Óðin set them in horse-drawn chariots in the sky to ride around the world. Nótt leads the way, and her horse is called Hrim-faxi. The drips from his bit form the morning dew. Dag follows drawn by his horse Skin-faxi, whose gleaming mane lights up the sky and the earth.
  • 3201 Sy: A man living in Miðgarð had a son and daughter so beautiful that he called them Sól (sun) and Máni (moon). Angered by the man’s daring, Óðin snatched the children and placed them in the sky to guide the chariots of the sun and the moon. The sun and the moon are always in a great hurry because they are being chased by wolves, sons of a giantess.
  • 6380 Sy: Odin and his two brothers build their own realm. Ásgarð is a mighty stronghold, with green plains and shining palaces high over Miðgarð. They built the rainbow bridge Bifröst to link Ásgarð to Miðgarð. The Æsir, the guardians of men, crossed over the bridge and settled in Ásgarð. Óðin Alfaður is oldest and greatest of them all.
  • 9431 G.W: A moot of all pantheons is convened, seeking to end the wars between all deities.
  • 0 G.B: After several years of peace-talk between the pantheons, the Syrine pact is made, each deity transferring a portion of the realm onto a jointly created world where they would all rule.
  • 0 G.B: The land of Midgard is chosen for the new world of Syrik. The deities decide that it should be open to all, and remove the mists of Nu opening it for all to pass through.

Midgardian-Timeline

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