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In Norse mythology, fylgiur are animal spirits that help people along their human journeys. When a spirit animal of a human is healthy and strong, then so is the person it’s connected to. Likewise, when a person’s spirit animal, or fylgiur, is injured, hurt, or deceased, it means trouble for that individual, often predicting a bleak future outcome. The Norse believed that a person’s spirit animal was connected to the personality and character of an individual. In other words, if a person was noble and brave, their spirit animal would reflect that; if they were lazy and selfish, then their spirit animal would reflect that.
Scandinavia’s Norse culture viewed fylgiur as messengers, guides from the spirit world that were sent to help, as well as warn. While there are several different examples of fylgiur and their meaning, below are some of the most well-known examples of Norse spirit animals.