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Q16) What is Mjolner, Sif, Valhalla, Bifrost, Yggdrasil, etc.?




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Q16) What is Mjolner, Sif, Valhalla, Bifrost, Yggdrasil, etc.?

Many have wondered about the origins of the strange product names used for
parts of the Mjolner System. Due to the origin of the Mjolner BETA System,
many of the components of the system bear Nordic names. These Nordic names
originate from the Nordic Mythology, and are thus names within the common
cultural background of people in the entire Nordic region:

Mjolner:
is the name of the hammer of the god Thor. According to the Mythology,
this hammer is the perfect tool that cannot fail, that grows with the
task, and always returns to the hand of Thor if he throws it at
something. Finally about the pronunciation of Mjolner. For English
speaking people, the "spelling of the pronunciation" could be:
"Myolner" or "Myulner", and for French speaking people it could be:
"Mieulnor".
Yggdrasil:
is the name of the Tree of the World, the ash tree of which the crown
covers the whole world. The tree gets it power from the gods, from the
evil giants, and from the kingdom of the dead. Everything in the world
happens under the mighty crown of Yggdrasil. Yggdrasil is the name of
the metaprogramming system.
Bifrost:
is the name of the luminous bridge, the rainbow, that leads from
Midgaard to Asgaard. Midgaard is the place where the human beings live,
and Asgaard is the habitat of the Gods in the middle of the world.
Bifrost is the name of the graphics system.
Valhalla:
is the name of Odin's hall to where all dead warriors come when they
have fallen as heroes on the battlefield. Valhalla is the name of the
source-level debugger.
Sif:
is the name of the wife of Thor. Sif is famous for her golden hair. Sif
is the name of the hyper structure editor.
Freja:
is the name of the goddess of love. She lives in Folkvang and is the
most beautiful of all women in Asgaard. She owns the golden piece of
jewelry Brisingemen. Freja is the name of the CASE tool.
Frigg:
is the name of the wife of Odin and queen of Asgaard. Frigg is the name
of the user interface editor.
Odin:
is the name of the highest ranking god in Asgaard.
Thor:
is the name of the strongest of all gods. He is the god for all
peasants. He is the son of Odin and Frigg and lives together with his
wife Sif in Trudvang on the farm Bilskirner which is the biggest house
in the world, with 540 floors.


 

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