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[mid-gahrd] /ˈmɪd gɑrd/
noun, Scandinavian Mythology.
the middle earth, home of men, lying between Niflheim and Muspelheim, formed from the body of Ymir.
Origin of Midgard
< Old Norse mithgarthr, cognate with Old English middangeard the earth, the abode of men. See mid-, yard2 Unabridged
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  • The Midgard serpent gaped wide at the bait, and the hook stuck fast in his mouth.

  • They took his eyebrows and formed them into the place where Men now dwell, Midgard.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • The root that extends into Midgard is carefully tended by the three Norns,—goddesses who are regarded as the dispensers of fate.

  • And so our world of Midgard was filled with busy work and play.

    Asgard Stories Mary H. Foster and Mabel H. Cummings
  • But this may be a reflection of Norse myths of the Midgard serpent, sometimes equated with Leviathan.

  • The ancient name for it was the Midgard serpent, and doubtless, for the old myth-maker, it had another significance.

    Vanishing Roads and Other Essays Richard Le Gallienne
  • Some of the roots were firmly fixed in Midgard, and even extended underground to the home of the swarthy elves.

    Stories from Northern Myths Emilie Kip Baker
  • It flowed slowly out of the mountains like a colossal snake—some Midgard monster or river of destruction.

    The Invaders William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • The sight of his kind face was a joy to the sir, and to all the people of Midgard.

    Asgard Stories Mary H. Foster and Mabel H. Cummings
  • Rigsthula expressly presents Heimdal as teaching runes to the people whom he blessed by his arrival in Midgard.

    Teutonic Mythology, Vol. 1 of 3 Viktor Rydberg, Ph.D.
British Dictionary definitions for Midgard


(Norse myth) the dwelling place of mankind, formed from the body of the giant Ymir and linked by the bridge Bifrost to Asgard, home of the gods
Word Origin
C19: from Old Norse mithgarthr; see mid1, yard²
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Word Origin and History for Midgard

in Germanic cosmology, "world inhabited by men (opposed to Asgard, the abode of the gods), 1882, from Old Norse miðgarðr, from mið "mid" (see mid) + Proto-Germanic *gardoz "enclosure, tract" (see yard (n.1)). The Old English cognate was middangeard, which later was folk-etymologized as middle earth (late 13c.).

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