Before the world there was only Ginnungagap; a huge gap of emptiness.
South of Ginnungagap lay the home of the fire giants, Muspelheim, and to the north the cold and frosty realm of Niflheim.
The creation of the world began when the warm air from Muspelheim met the cold ice of Niflheim. From this the giant Ymir and the cow Audhumbla came to life.
Ymir drank from Audhumblas milk while the cow licked a salt stone and this caused the the first man being born of the stone. He was called Bure and he later got a son Borr who together with the Jotun daughter Besla fathered the Æsir god Odin and his brothers Vile and Ve.
When grown-up Odin, Vile and Ve killed the giant Ymir and used his blood, bones and teeth to create the world. They created Midgard from his eyelashes and then picked two trees and created a man, Ask, and a woman, Embla, who became the first humans to live in Midgard and the ancestors of all manki