Hebrew and Christian culture maintains the religious requirement of being godly or else God will punish us.
Viking culture was nothing alien to this Hebrew idea of looking to our genealogy and ancestors. This goes back to the viking origins of the Caucasians at the CAUCASUS mountains of Asia near the Black Sea, Odin's headquarters. Every history book of the world agrees with this fact. Thor's first Gothic Empire being located in Turkey and Troy, near ancient Egypt is irrefutable history, not a mere legend.
Even Asgard is not a place of "myth" among the plethora of foundational documents of many nations of the world. Asgard is cataloged among many of the most fiercely guarded pedigrees of Kings.
Such pedigrees have, and continue to be recognized in international law as the the sole right of government to exist by ancestral inheritance. These genealogies are of paramount importance for establishing the historical place, as well as putting the future heirs into perspective. Very specifically these precious national pedigrees include their leader's ancestors as being born at the literal land of "Asgard" in the East.
From the Ancient Icelandic Annals "The Ynglinga Saga or The Story of the Yngling Family from Odin to Halfdan the Black":
"The country east of the Tanaquisl in Asia was called Asaland, or Asaheim, and the chief city in that land was called Asgaard. In that city was a chief called Odin, and it was a great place for sacrifice. It was the custom there that twelve temple priests should both direct the sacrifices, and also judge the people. They were called Diar, or Drotner, and all the people served and obeyed them. Odin was a great and very far-travelled warrior, who conquered many kingdoms, and so successful was he that in every battle the victory was on his side. It was the belief of his people that victory belonged to him in every battle. It was his custom when he sent his men into battle, or on any expedition, that he first laid his hand upon their heads, and called down a blessing upon them; and then they believed their undertaking would be successful. His people also were accustomed, whenever they fell into danger by land or sea, to call upon his name; and they thought that always they got comfort and aid by it, for where he was they thought help was near. Often he went away so far that he passed many seasons on his journeys." source: http://lind.no/nor/index.asp?lang=&emne=asatru&vis=s_e_ynglingesoga (official manuscripts)
Even the United States officially traces the ancestors of Presidents Washington and Lincoln in their pedigrees to Asgard.
From a book in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., written by Albert Welles, titled "Pedigree and history of the Washington Family.":
“Odin (first King of Scandinavia, 70 B.C.) came from Asaland or Asaheim, east of Tanais. He endeared himself to the Asiatic subjects, successful in every combat. Son of Fridulf, supreme ruler of the Scythians, in Asaland or Asaheim, Turkestand, between the Euxine and Caspian Seas in Asia He reigned at Asgard, whence he removed 70 B.C., and became the first king of Scandinavia. Died 50 B.C., and was succeeded by Sons who ruled in different parts of Scandinavia...." Source: http://www.ensignmessage.com/archives/washington.html
Various Gothic Chieftons have been celebrated as examples of how to be Godly.
The original words for Goths is the Gauthei. This means the people of God. It also translates to words such as Culdee and even Israelite quite literally.
Israelites are called "mighty ones or els" the same word for "gods".