Norse religion still affects much of our culture today. It is a variant of shamanism in many ways it’s practiced and was primarily a clan based “household” religion. Their morality was based on personal accountability and family bonds. How would the individual influence the ultimate well being of the people.
The spiritual insights of the Norse religion can be summarized as a collection of intuitive metaphors called kennings, and empire for the Norse was a silly/stupid idea. It didn’t happen until the Romans moved north in conquest bringing Christianity with them.
“I find no comfort in the shade
Under the branch of the Great Ash.
I remember the mist
of our ancient past.
As I speak to you in the present,
My ancient eyes
see the terrible future.
Do you not see what I see?
Do you not hear
The mournful cry of Giallr-horn
shall shatter the peace
And shake the foundation of heaven.
Raise up your banner
And gather your noble company
from your great hall,
Father of the Slains.
For you shall go to your destiny.
No knowledge can save you,
And no magic will save you.
For you will end up in Fenrir’s belly,
While heaven and earth will burn
in Surt’s unholy fire.”
— Doom of Odin,
from the Book of Heroes.