The world tree
The world is made up of nine realms in Norse mythology, this was the inspiration for middle earth in Tolkien’s Lord of the rings.
The realms are all connected through “Yggdrasil” a giant ash tree connecting the realms through its branches.
At the top in it’s branches lives a giant eagle who overlooks the whole world.
A squirrel “Ratatosk” runs between the eagle at the top and the dragon Niddhögg at the bottom,
delivering insults between the two.
The Nine realms in Norse Mythology :
The home of the Aesir where Odin resides
Lies in the middle of the world this is where humans live.
A different type of gods live here the “Vanir”,
Njord is there ruler.
Home to the elf’s ruled by Frej
Home of the fire-giants Ruled by the giant “Surt”
Home of the frost giants the sworn enemies of Odin and the Aesir.
The underworld and home of the dwarfs.
Land of the dead
Beyond Hel lies Niefelheim in the darkest of depths the dragon Nidhögg resides here gnawing away at the roots of Yggdrasil