Hell Oden, Allfather and victory God! May you strength and protect your friends in the Nordic countries from all who want to threaten the country, both from without and from within! Hell Tor son of the earth and the mighty Allfather who cares for the Svears as you do with all people of Midgård! May you keep their homes, their farms and fields from cold and heat, drought and flooding! May you protect their bodies so that no contact some fatal disease! Hell Yngve-Frey, who in ancient times was called the Svears blot God! Let your people live in peace as they have done for years! May all who live in your country, to enjoy the love and life! May they never forget that you still live with them, as you did in ynglingaättens days! Hell, all Gods and heroes, whom the Svears worshiped at this time! May you protect and help those who still remember you, both in Svea Rike and throughout Midgård: some that the Svears have blood in them, who love their Gods and customs, living still far from that in our time. With the hammer, the sacred sign, I sanctify my horn to you all ...Hell!!!
Norse mythology was never a coherent religious system, so you could say that Snorri Sturlasson with his Edda was the one who first tried to create a coherent mythology. The pre-Christian Nordic paganism was therefore never any single religion in the modern sense, but were rather an ethnic religion, or natural religion, which is unfounded and established doctrines. The mythology functioned probably as a sort of theoretical superstructure to the cult, which had little to do with faith and with more action, traditions and values associated with nature, the weather, the seasons and human activity. Probably, most of the pre-Christian myths have disappeared and those that we know from written sources is probably only a small part of the pagan myths that were once told in the Nordic region.most details of the pagan cult is associated from roman or christian scholars, so they can hardly be seen as first-hand information or correct descriptions. The reason we (in Scandinavia) talk about Norse mythology is above all that this belief was strongest and was the longest in the Nordic countries (particularly among the Svears in Uppland) and that most traces of the old gods, the cult can be found here.more over, almost everything we know about the mythological beliefs that form the basis for this belief kept me in the Nordic countries (especially in Iceland). In Germany and England speaks sometimes of "Teutonic mythology" as synonymous with Nordic mythology, although it is extremely doubtful that all the mythological stories that have been preserved in the Nordic region consistent with those told by other Germanic peoples.
Vikings came from Norway, Sweden and Denmark. They were great sailors and traders, but they were also fierce warriors attacking and robbing villages all around the coasts of Europe, Asia and the North Atlantic islands. Their language was old Norse and the meaning of the word Viking is pirate or raider, it's origin is probably the Swedish word for bay (vik). To the many people who were conquered by the Vikings they were know as pagans, Danes and Norsemen, or Northmen. The Viking homelands were enormous, they stretched from northern Norway to the borders of Denmark, nearly 2000 kilometres to the south. Norway is extremely mountainous and the coast is dominated by valleys where the sea has penetrated to form craggy inlets called fjords. They lived on the narrow coastal strip beside these fjords in farms. Sweden has lakes and forests and here they lived mainly in central or southern parts of the country where the best farmland was found. The sea near the coast was full of fish. Denmark is a low lying country that had some good agricultural land but a lot of it was unsuitable for farming. There is a distinction between "Swedish" and "Danish/Norwegian" Vikings. The Danish and Norwegian expeditions went westwards, concentrating on Western Europe and England. The Swedish, on the other hand, went mostly eastwards into modern-day Russia and further on to Byzantium and the Caliphate. Runestones and archaeological artefacts found in eastern Sweden and on the island of Gotland show that the trade exchange between eastern Sweden and the Near East was very intense at this time in history. These expeditions often started from trade centres like "Birka", situated on an island in Lake Malaren, not far from modern-day Stockholm. The Vikings also settled in the Russian town of Novgorod, which they called "Holmgard". As time went by their influence on the economic and political life grew and became decisive. According to a chronicle written in the 12th century AD, the Swedish Vikings were the founders of Russia. Although this is not very likely, the influence of the Vikings is still visible. The name Russia for instance, probably originates from one of the names of the Swedish Vikings, "ruser".