mythology, the brother of Odin
. These three are the sons of the giants Bestla
, who turned on the Giants
, slaughtering all but two, Bergelmir
and his wife.
These three raised the inert body of Ymir
out of the waters of chaos
and created the earth, calling it Midgard
("Middle Abode"). Ymir's bones created the mountains and his blood the ocean, while his flesh became land, and his hair became the trees. The gods formed his skull into the vault of Heaven
, and filled this with bright sparks fromthe fires of Muspellsheim
, thus creating the world, the stars and the planets.