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    • Midgard (an anglicised form of Old Norse Miðgarðr; Old English Middangeard, Swedish/Danish Midgård, Old Saxon Middilgard, Old High German Mittilagart, Gothic Midjun-gards; literally "middle yard") is the name for Earth (in the sense of oikoumene) inhabited by and known to humans in early Germanic cosmology, and specifically one of the Nine Worlds in Norse mythology.

      This name occurs in Old Norse literature as Miðgarðr. In Old Saxon Heliand it appears as Middilgard and in Old High German poem Muspilli it appears as Mittilagart. The Gothic form Midjungards is attested in the Gospel of Luke as a translation of the Greek word οἰκουμένη. The word is present in Old English epic and poetry as Middangeard; later transformed to Middellærd or Mittelerde ("") in Middle English literature.



      Iak væit Hastæin
      þa Holmstæin brøðr,
      mænnr rynasta
      a Miðgarði,
      sattu stæin
      ok stafa marga
      æftiR Frøystæin,
      faður sinn.
      I know Hásteinn
      Holmsteinns brother,
      the most rune-skilled
      men in Middle Earth,
      placed a stone
      and many letters
      in memory of Freysteinn,
      their father.
      þatt ure Drihhtin wollde / ben borenn i þiss middellærd
      þatt ure Drihhtin wollde / ben borenn i þiss middellærd
      that our Lord wanted / be born in this middle-earth.
      that our Lord wanted / be born in this middle-earth.
      muor varsuuilhit sih, suilizot lougiu der himil,
      mano uallit, prinnit mittilagart
      muor varsuuilhit sih, suilizot lougiu der himil,
      mano uallit, prinnit mittilagart
      Sea is swallowed, flaming burn the heavens,
      Moon falls, Midgard burns
      Sea is swallowed, flaming burn the heavens,
      Moon falls, Midgard burns
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