Asgard by a modern artist
General Info
Mythology Norse mythology
Country Norway
Region North of Midgard
Inhabitants Æsir and Vanir

Asgard (Old Norse: Ásgarðr, meaning "enclosure of the Æsir") is one of the Nine Realms and is the home of the Æsir gods in Norse mythology. Valhalla is located within Asgard. The Bifröst bridges Asgard and the human world, Midgard, together in the form a rainbow. Odin and his wife, Frigg, both rule the land.


The main race inhabiting the realm of Asgard is the Æsir gods. Members of the Vanir also reside here, having done so since the Æsir-Vanir War.



The Bifrost is an inter-dimensional bridge resembling a rainbow, located at the ends of Asgard. It bridges Asgard with Midgard.


Bilskirnir is the hall of Thor. It means "lightning-crack".[1]


Folkvangr ("field of the host") is a field where half of those fallen in combat go to (the other half go to Valhöll. It is ruled by Freya.


Hlidskjalf is the throne of Odin. From this seat he can see into all Nine realms. Others who have used Hlidskjalf include Frigg and Freyr.


Valhalla, or Valhöll, is a splendid golden palace and the hall of slain warriors who live there blissfully under the leadership of Odin.

In Popular Culture


  • Asgard plays a mayor role as the godly city where Thor and the other Asgardians reside on the 2011 film Thor. In the film, Asgard is portrayed as a high-technological golden city of monolithic proportions floating in space, with massive seas near its buildings, a rainbow-colored path leading towards the Bifröst and surrounded by cloud formations on what appears to be an asteroid.




  1. Orchard (1997:20).

External Links

Norse mythology articles
Major Deities Odin | Thor | Freyr | Freyja | Frigg | Loki | Baldr | Týr | Njörðr
Races Æsir | Vanir | Jötunn | Elves | Dwarves | Valkyries | Einherjar | Norns
Realms Álfheimr | Asgard | Jötunheimr | Midgard | Muspelheim | Niðavellir | Niflheim | Svartálfaheim | Vanaheimr
Abodes Breidablik | Fólkvangr | Þrúðheimr | Utgard | Valhalla
Topics Æsir-Vanir War | Ginnungagap | Poetic Edda | Prose Edda | Ragnarök | The Sagas | Yggdrasil

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