Ask and Embla

first two humans, created by the gods in Norse mythology

Ask and Embla (Old Norse: Askr ok Embla) were the first humans, according to Norse mythology. They are mentioned in the Poetic Eda. It is said that three gods find Ask and Embla and gave them various corporeal and spiritual gifts. Odin gave soul, Lodur gave feelings and Henir gave mind.

Three gods create Ask and Embla
The sculpture Ask and Embla in Solvesborg, Sweden

Askr means ash tree. The meaning of Embla is uncertain.

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