'Colouring in Norse gods,' with Emma Wright

Learn about the Gods of Norse mythology. In this activity you get to read a fantastic poem written by Rachel Piercey and then colour in the image above (download link below) and finally, you can try your hand at drawing the characters in the image - or any other characters from Norse legend you can think of!

There are two poems about the Norse gods in our poetry anthology Falling Out of the Sky – one about how Loki destroyed the universe, and one which introduces you to five of the Norse gods. I already had an idea about how they might look, because I used to read lots of Norse myths when I was younger, so it was great fun trying to capture my ideas in my illustration.

You can download my illustration below, so you can print it out and colour it in.

Norse gods illustration for colouring in

Or, you can read the poem from the book and draw your own illustrations of the Norse gods. Rachel Piercey's poem contains lots of clues about what the gods might look like.

To Asgard!Come across the rainbow bridgeto Asgard, where the Norse gods live! Odin is the ruler here,he strokes his beard, he shakes his spear,he keeps a pair of wolves as petsand flies a horse who has eight legs. Come across the rainbow bridgeto Asgard, where the Norse gods live! Frigg is queen, and she can seewhat every person’s fate will be,and whether it will turn out wellor badly, though she’ll never tell. Come across the rainbow bridgeto Asgard, where the Norse gods live! The strongest of them all is Thorwhose hammer causes thunderstorms.He crushes mountains, likes to flirt,has two goats pull his cart to work. Come across the rainbow bridgeto Asgard, where the Norse gods live! Freya’s husband roams the worlds,so she cries tears of solid gold.In feathered cloak, boar at her side,she goes to seek him far and wide. Come across the rainbow bridgeto Asgard, where the Norse gods live! Loki is the trickster god:he causes trouble, then he’s off,and even Odin cannot makethis wily, wicked god behave. Come across the rainbow bridgeto Asgard, where the Norse gods live! Their world is full of beasts and swords,serpents, giants, magic wars.They feast and fight and feast againbut even Asgard has to end… So while there’s still a rainbow bridge:to Asgard! where the Norse gods live…

– Rachel Piercey