The name behind the tent

All Nordisk Legacy tents are named after geographical areas in the old Norse mythology.


Alfheim: Home of the Light Elves

Alfheim (Álfheimr) means “Elf Home” and is one of the Nine Worlds and home of the Light Elves in Norse mythology. The Light-elves are fairer to look upon than the sun, whereas the Dark-elves, who dwell down in the earth, are blacker than pitch. Alfheim was both the name of the supernatural world of the elves and the name of a kingdom, whose legendary kings were related to the elves.

Asgard: Home of the Norse Gods

In old Norse mythology, Asgard, which means “Enclosure of the Æsir”, is one of the Nine Worlds, only accessible via the burning rainbow bridge Bifrost. Here lives both the old gods Vanir and the more martial gods led by Odin. With his wife Frigg, he lives in the castle Valhalla, located within Asgard. Outside Asgard is Utgard, home of the giants, and Midgard, home of the humans.

Gandalf: Norse dwarf

Gandalf is a dwarf in Norse mythology, appearing in the so-called 'Tally of the Dwarves' in the Prose Edda. The name derives from the Old Norse words ”gandr” which means magic staff and the word ”álfr” meaning elf, making Gandalf a protective spirit who wields a magical wand. The name was also used for a Norse king in the Heimskringla and for a well known sorcerer in the epic tale ”Lord of the Rings” by J. R. R. Tolkien, where Gandalf initially was meant for the head of the dwarf party (eventually named Thorin Oakenshield).

Jotunheim: Land of Giants

Jotunheim (Jötunheimr) is in Norse mythology one of the Nine Worlds and the homeland of the Giants, ruled by King Thrym. The Jötunn is a mythological race, separate from the Æsir and Vanir but of comparable strength and ability. Jotunheim is separated from Asgard, the realm of gods, by the river Ifing, and from Midgard, the world of humans, by high mountains or dense forests.

Kari: God of the Wind

Kari (Kári) is a term for wind and was in ancient Norse mythology personified by Kári, who was the heir to his father Fornjót’s kingdoms, making him the ruler of Finland and Kvenland. Kári is the father of Frosti (‘frost’), or elsewhere named Jökul, which means ‘icicle, ice, glacier’ – and the grandfather of Snær the Old (Snærr inn gamli’), meaning ‘Snow the Old’.

Utgard: Home of the Giants

Utgard (Útgarðar) means ‘Outyards’ and was in old Norse mythology a stronghold of the giants situated in Jotunheim (Jötunheimr). Utgard was ruled by Loke (Útgarða-Loki), a great and devious giant, who fought Thor in a rigged competition held in the Outyards. Utgard is the final of the three worlds connected to Yggdrasil, which apart from Utgard consists of Asgard, the home of the gods, and Midgard, home of the humans.

Vanaheim: Home of the Vanir

Vanaheim (Vanaheimr) means “home of the Vanir” and is one of the Nine Worlds in Norse mythology. Contrary to the younger and more martial gods of Æsir, the Vanir were a group of gods associated with fertility, wisdom, and the ability to see into the future. Vanaheim was also the place of birth of the Van god Njord (Njörðr), which is the reason why it became the home of the Vanir.

Ydun: Everlasting youth

Ydun or Iðunn is in Norse mythology the goddess of youth. She is the wife of the skaldic god Bragi, who is son of Odin, and she is the keeper of the magic apples, that grants eternal youthfulness – not least to the gods in Valhalla. The name Iðunn means "ever young", "rejuvenator", or "the rejuvenating one", and is sometimes anglicized as Idun, Idunn or Ithun – occasionally with an -a suffix to denote femininity like Iduna and Idunna.