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Before the multiverse was... I was. At the end of all things... I wait. I am the void... The breath between life and death... Between death and rebirth. Between heaven and hell. My true form is beyond that which you see. I transcend form -- and shape and substance. This body... This realm... And everyone and everything IN it... All came from me.
Ginnungagap to Thor.

Ginnungagap, also known as Oblivion, is the primordial entity that created the Norse realm, as well as the void that existed before the creation of the Norse realm, Ymir and Surtur.

Overview

The Ginnungagap ("mighty gap") in Norse mythology is the vast, primordial void that existed prior to the creation of the manifest universe. The Ginnungagap, which faced toward the northern quarter, became filled with heaviness, and masses of ice and rime, and from within, drizzling rain and gusts; but the southern part of the Yawning Void was lighted by those sparks and glowing masses which flew out of Muspelheim.

It is one of Khaos' avatars, alongside Amatsu-Mikaboshi. It is said that in Ragnarok, everything will be destroyed, causing all things to return to Ginnungapap for all things to be created again, and so on.

Appearance

The true form of Ginnungagap is difficult to describe, due to the fact that it is the primordial personification of oblivion and non-existence, being indescribable and devoid of any form or appearance. Its believed true form is that of an impersonal emptiness that seems to encompass the entire Nordic world. In reality, it looks more like a black hole than anything else in the universe. It can also sometimes appear as a humanoid being made of smoke and darkness.

Personality

Like with Khaos itself, Ginnungagap is a chaotic and amoral entity, showing complete amorality to anything around it or is in a state similar to unconscious. The only times it shows interest is when a power of overwhelming power and authority seeks to speak it, like God's Norse avatar Fimbultyr, and the Allfather Odin.

Ginnungagap doesn't bother itself with any event as those are usually by humans or gods who are so beneath it that it almost like they don't exist. Sometimes, it would manipulate the entities of the Nine Realms of Yggdrasil by pitting them each other while it watches but this rarely happens.

Power and Abilities

As an avatar of the chaotic waters that existed before Creation, Ginnungagap is one of the most powerful entities in the Multiverse, being abysmally superior to Angels, Demons and Gods. Unlike the other children of Khaos, Ginnungagap is an avatar, which means it is, in a sense, Khaos himself, embodying all qualities and concepts on a smaller scale, similar to the avatar of God, Jesus Christ, who is the "earthly image of the Invisible God".

The power of Ginnungagap can be represented by a lotus, opening gradually, and as it opens, stars are born and life blossoms. But there is a time when the lotus starts to close, stars die, worlds die, chaos and order are consumed. And then the Lotus extinguishes taking everything that exists back to nothing. From the same, Ginnungagap started the whole creation, and in the end, it himself will take everything back to itself, and then start all over again.

  • Nigh-Omnipotence: While not as great as Khaos, it does have powers over destruction, infinity, nothingness and more. It was described as both omnipotent and unbeatable by those aware of its existence. Its power is so great that he could destroy all nine worlds of the Nordic world along with Yggdrasil by complete accident and immediately recreate them a second later. Being the avatar of Khaos, this means that it is, in a sense, Khaos himself, having immeasurably great power, being comparable to the avatars of God.
  • Nothingness Manipulation: Just like its source, Ginnungagap is the very the Personification of the Void itself, Ginnungagap can instantly manipulate the the void to its will. It can remove any concept, such as light, darkness, time, space, life, death, energy or anything that is existence. Despite popular beliefs, Ginnungagap can not only reduce things to nothingness, but also create things from it too.
    • Absolute Nihilikinesis: Ginnungagap can control and manipulate the very concept of nothing. It can control all concepts associated with the concept of Nothing. He can control antimatter, emptiness, etc. With nothing, Ginnungagap can erase the whole of Creation and even create it anew.
    • Chaos Embodiment: Being the avatar of Khaos, Ginnungagap is also the Primordial embodiment of chaos, thus making it extremely unpredictable and uncontrollable. It can cause others to become disorderly and disorganized.
    • Null energy manipulation: Ginnungagap can manipulate null energy a unique kind of energy in the void which allows him to bypass all natural defenses and truly erase anything down to the conceptual level.
  • Primordial Entity Physiology: Ginnungagap is a primordial being, an entity that has existed since or even prior to the beginning of time itself. Primordials were the first entities or beings that come into existence, they form the very fabric of existence and as such are truly immortal.
    • Reality Warping: It is able to control and bend reality to he whims, capable of altering something as tangible as physics and the universe to something inconceivable like logic. Because of this immense ability, many younger gods are often led to believing it to possess complete omnipotence power.
    • Divine Aura: It can release and surround themselves in/with energy/matter for defensive and/or offensive purposes, possibly becoming almost untouchable and granting them various abilities/attacks depending of the energy/matter.
    • Primordial Darkness Manipulation: Like Khaos, it can control the primordial darkness that existed before creation and represents the darker aspect of primordial creation alongside the Light, both being two halves of the same coin but remaining opposite. Due to its primordial nature, it goes beyond the concepts of good, evil and even neutrality.

History

Myth and Legends

Creation myth

Ginnungagap appears as the primordial void in the Norse creation account. The Gylfaginning states: "Ginnungagap, the Yawning Void ... which faced toward the northern quarter, became filled with heaviness, and masses of ice and rime, and from within, drizzling rain and gusts; but the southern part of the Yawning Void was lighted by those sparks and glowing masses which flew out of Múspellheim". In the northern part of Ginnungagap lay the intense cold of Niflheim, and in the southern part lay the equally intense heat of Muspelheim. The cosmogonic process began when the effulgence of the two met in the middle of Ginnungagap.

Etymology

Ginnunga- is usually interpreted as deriving from a verb meaning "gape" or "yawn", but no such word occurs in Old Norse except in verse 3 of the Eddic poem "Vǫluspá", "gap var ginnunga", which may be a play on the term. In her edition of the poem, Ursula Dronke suggested it was borrowed from Old High German ginunga, as the term Múspell is believed to have been borrowed from Old High German. An alternative etymology links the ginn- prefix with that found in terms with a sacral meaning, such as ginn-heilagr, ginn-regin (both referring to the gods) and ginn-runa (referring to the runes), thus interpreting Ginnungagap as signifying a "magical (and creative) power-filled space".

Quotes

Between the nine worlds is Gap. No, not the fashion store. Just the gap. Nothingness. Oblivion. If you fall down there, you're better pray to the Christian God to save you out, 'cause there ain't any Norse god willing to jump in and risk their immortal life saving a mortal.
Loki.
And isn't that the fate of all of you who inhabit the world of forms? You waste your short lives trying to get through a mystery that cannot be penetrated. How can they? Your world... Your very being. It's a dream that bubbled up from an awareness beyond your imagination. And one day-- It could be soon-- This dream bubble will burst. At least it will-- If I have my way. So consider this before turning the page and discard my story as if it were just fun: Maybe it wasn't Loki after all, maybe all along-- It was me.
Ginnungagap to humans.
Call me the darkness that precedes the light of creation. The sleep into which all beings and things, even God himself, must inevitably fall.
Khaos through Ginnungagap.

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Trivia

  • In the view of Ginnungagap, its creator, Khaos, is the first existing isolationist.
  • Ginnungagap is described to be the incarnation of the primordial darkness existing before the Multiverse.
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