Ginnungagup was the great emptiness before there was a world, or any living thing in it.
Far to the south of the Ginnungagup was the fiery realm of Muspell, with its long, hot rivers full of poison and vast lakes of fire. Nothing could grow in this burning realm.
To the north was the dark and cold realm of Niflheim, where icy fountains spewed forth freezing rivers. Nothing could grow here either, for the shy was always dark and the mountains were blocks of solid ice.
Slowly, over years and years and years, the fiery blasts from Muspell began to melt and the icy mountains of Niflheim.
Out of the melted ice, the giant Ymir emerged, the first being of the vast Ginnungagup.
Slowly the ice melted from two more beings, Buri and his Goddess wife. They had a son named Bor, and his son was name Odin, who became the king of all Gods.