5.11 – THE VIKING GODS (4.12.13)


Gamla Uppsala, Sweden. This small town, 40 miles north of Stockholm, is one of the oldest, continuously-inhabited sites in Scandinavia. Beneath this church, archaeologists have found what they believe are the remains of a famous temple called Ubsola. According to a 14th-century text called The Deeds of Bishops of the Hamburg Church, this ornate temple was built to honor the most powerful Viking gods – Odin, Thor and Freyr.

“Freyr is the main fertility God in Norse mythology. The rituals that we do have evidence of connected to Freyr seem always to be connected to peace and prosperity. So, all of these characteristics show him in a relationship with humans that’s centered around prosperity and fertility of various types.”

Dr. Karl E.H. Seigfried (Norse Mythologist)

Freyr was believed to control the weather, and was renowned for his diplomatic skills, quieting the feuds among the numerous Viking gods and giants. And in the Viking pantheon, it was a deity named Loki who provoked the most conflict among these gods.

“Loki is actually not a god. He’s a giant who is counted amongst the gods. And at the end of time, he actually leads the dead and the giants against the gods.”

Dr. Karl E.H. Seigfried (Norse Mythologist)

“He’s that transgressive character who makes possible all of these conflicts that the gods then have to solve. Without Loki, a lot of the conflicts disappear, and you don’t have a mythology at all.”

– Timothy R. Tangherlini, Ph.D.
(Prof. & Chair, Scandinavian Section, UCLA)

According to the stories compiled within the books of the Eddas, Loki tries to atone for one of his many acts of mischief by giving Freyr a ship called Skidbladnir.

“Freyr’s ship, Skidbladnir, was the most fine craft that ever was in the water. It could go anywhere at great speed, and then, if you needed it to be small, you could put in a small pouch to carry it around.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

“Skidbladnir is remarkable, because you can fold it up and stick it in your pocket. But when you unfold it, it’s one of the greatest Viking ships ever. It always has a wind. It always has a fair wind. So, you don’t have to tack. It always gets you where you’re going in a hurry. And then, once you get it to shore, you don’t have to worry about where you’re going to stow it. To be able to fold up your boat and put it in your pocket really has to be about the greatest thing that you can imagine if you’re a Viking shipbuilder.”

– Timothy R. Tangherlini, Ph.D.
(Prof. & Chair, Scandinavian Section, UCLA)

But could it be that Skidbladnir was not the product of mythic imagination, but was, in fact, an actual spacecraft? One that was witnessed by early Scandinavians? Ancient Astronaut Theorists say yes, and believe the proof lies in the legends of a race of beings who are believed to have built the magical tools used by the gods.

“In Norse mythology, the Sons of Ivaldi were these dwarfs who made these special weapons for Thor and Odin and the other Norse gods. And so, here were these dwarfs, these gnomes, these small people. They’re making these special, very high-tech weapons. The Norse gods are using them. So, you have to wonder just who these mini people are.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“The Sons of Ivaldi were the master craftsmen of the gods in the Norse system. And they made each of these special things that are going to be needed by these heroic gods to do their deeds.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

Might the Sons Ivaldi actually be the engineers behind the building of Skidbladnir, the magical ship used by the Norse god Freyr? If so, who, or what were they?

“Now the question is, whether the Sons of Ivaldi are real dwarfs, the way we know dwarfs today, or whether they are somehow more mythical, or whether the label “dwarf” actually stuck to them because they were somehow smaller. And of course, today, we quite often describe the Grey alien archetype as dwarfish, as well, simply because they are smaller.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

“Is it possible that these little people who are making these high-tech weapons were really Grey aliens, and because they didn’t know how to describe them, they were called them dwarfs or little people? And these little people are the ones who are making these high-tech weapons for these Norse gods. It would seem that these weapons are extraterrestrial in nature.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“Now when you think of dwarfs, and think of extraterrestrials, you think of little Greys, and I think the dwarfs might have been alien Greys.”

George Noory (Radio Host, Coast to Coast AM)

Might the dwarf like Sons of Ivaldi described in the Viking mythologies really be the alien visitors we know today as the Greys? And is it possible that the Viking or Norse gods themselves were in fact entities from another planet? If so, how did they get here? According to Ancient Astronaut Theorists, the answer lies in a Viking legend that speaks of a rainbow bridge called Bifrost, a portal that links the realm of the gods with the world of men.

“Bifrost is a bridge that connects Asgard to Midgard. And the Bifrost conceptually is very interesting. It allows there to be a very clear connection between humans and their gods.”

– Timothy R. Tangherlini, Ph.D.
(Prof. & Chair, Scandinavian Section, UCLA)

“The gods would travel along this rainbow bridge to their meeting, which was by a divine well. The red in the rainbow bridge was burning hot, so it was quite a trick to use this effectively as a place of transportation. Some scholars have speculated that possibly this was inspired by the Milky Way.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

“So, here was this rainbow bridge that-that could be traveled upon to get to this home of the gods, land of the gods. So, is it possible that this rainbow bridge, the-the Bifrost, was some kind of wormhole that would take people from a star gate on our planet to the home of the gods, literally to another planet?”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“Say you wanted to get from here all the way around to China. It’s actually longer to go around the earth than to cut through the earth. A straight line is always the shortest path. So, you can imagine if you could make a wormhole, a cut through space that connects the two points you want to get to, you could make the distance effectively shorter and get there in a faster time.”

Michael Dennin, Ph.D.
(Physicist/Prof. of Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine)

“Ancient man would not understand a technological description to describe a wormhole, but this path of light sounds very similar.”

– Jason Martell
(Founder, AncientSchool),
(Author, Knowledge Apocalypse)

Might the mythical bridge of Bifrost really have been an interstellar wormhole? A cosmic tunnel in space through which the so-called Viking gods could travel to Earth? Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe further evidence can be found by a closer examination of the Viking gods’ incredible weaponry.


Previous: Norse Religion & Mythology | Next: Gungnir & Mjolnir



[1a] Prometheus Entertainment. (2013). Ancient Aliens: Season 5, vol 1. [DVD Back Cover]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[1b] Prometheus Entertainment. (2013). Ancient Aliens: Season 5, vol 2. [DVD Back Cover]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[2] History™. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.1 – Secrets of the Pyramids. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: December 21, 2012, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-5.

[3] History™. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.2 – Aliens & Cover-Ups. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: December 28, 2012, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-5.

[4] History™. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.3 – Alien Power Plants. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: January 4, 2013, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-5.

[5] History™. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.4 – Destination Orion. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: January 11, 2013, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-5.

[6] History™. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.5 – The Einstein Factor. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: January 18, 2013, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-5.

[7] History™. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.6 – Secrets of the Tomb. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: January 25, 2013, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-5.

[8] History™. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.7 – Prophets & Prophecies. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: February 8, 2013, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-5.

[9] History™. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.8 – Beyond Nazca. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: February 15, 2013, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-5.

[10] History™. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.9 – Strange Abductions. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: February 22, 2013, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-5.

[11] History™. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.10 – The Von Däniken Legacy. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: April 5, 2013, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-5.

[12] History™. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.11 – The Viking Gods. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: April 12, 2013, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-5.

[12a] Prometheus Entertainment. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.11 – The Viking Gods. [DVD Footage: Introduction]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[12b] Prometheus Entertainment. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.11 – The Viking Gods. [DVD Footage: The Norse]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[12c] Prometheus Entertainment. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.11 – The Viking Gods. [DVD Footage: Norse Religion & Mythology]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[12d] Prometheus Entertainment. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.11 – The Viking Gods. [DVD Footage: Sons of Ivaldi & the Bifrost]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[12e] Prometheus Entertainment. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.11 – The Viking Gods. [DVD Footage: Gungnir & Mjolnir]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[12f] Prometheus Entertainment. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.11 – The Viking Gods. [DVD Footage: Burial Rituals & Valhalla]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[13] History™. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.12 – The Monoliths. [Episode Description].  Retrieved: April 19, 2013, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-5.

[14] History™. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.13 – The Power of Three. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: September 30, 2013, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-5.

[15] History™. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.14 – The Crystal Skulls. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: October 7, 2013, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-5.

[16] History™. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.15 – The Anunnaki Connection. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: October 14, 2013, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-5.

[17] History™. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.16 – Magic of the Gods. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: October 21, 2013, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-5.

[18] History™. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.17 – The Satan Conspiracy. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: October 28, 2013, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-5.

[19] History™. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.18 – Alien Operations. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: November 1, 2013, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-5.

[20] History™. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.19 – Emperors, Kings, & Pharaohs. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: November 8, 2013, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-5.

[21] History™. (2013). Ancient Aliens: 5.20 – Mysterious Relics. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: November 15, 2013, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-5.


Who were they?… Why did they come?… What did they leave behind?… Where did they go?… Will they return?…

%d bloggers like this: