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Jul

21

Germanic Myths of Proto-Indo-European Origin. ( 1)
– The World-Tree.

Viktor Rydberg’s Investigations into Germanic Mythology Volume II Part 1: Indo-European Mythology Translated and Annotated by William P. Reaves © 2010 All Rights Reserved I. Germanic Myths of Proto-Indo-European Origin. – The World-Tree – 5) The Rigveda passage mentioned above (X, 129, 4) says that when warmth made its power felt in the primal waters,

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Jul

14

The Face of Earth

In Germanic sources, Mother Earth holds a prominent position. The evidence (as compiled in the previous chapters) is overwhelming. She is present from the beginning of the record. In Germania, chapter 2, Tacitus informs us that the Germanic tribes in common claim descent from an earth-born god. In chapter 40, he says that no less

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Jun

14

THE EDDAS AS A SOURCE OF GERMANIC RELIGION

What the academic scholars really have to say about the difference in authenticity between the Prose Edda, written by Snorri Sturluson in the 1200s, and the Poetic Edda, a collection of old heathen poems Snorri used as a source, surviving in manuscripts from Snorri’s time.. SNORRI’s EDDA (The PROSE EDDA). John McKinnell, Both One and

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Jun

13

Odin’s Brothers, both the biological ones and the Traitorous Blood Brother

Odin’s brothers are mysterious figures, rarely seen or mentioned in the surviving sources. From this, we should not infer that they were similarly unknown to the ancient Norsemen. According to Gylfaginning 6, Odin’s father, Borr had three sons. “Straightaway after the rime dripped, there sprang from it the cow called Audhumla; four streams of milk

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May

26

AN OVERVIEW of the GERMANIC MYTHOLOGY’S EPIC ORDER – Part 4

Investigations into Germanic Mythology Volume II Translated and Annotated by William P. Reaves © 2010 All Rights Reserved THE WAR BETWEEN THE AESIR AND THE VANIR. THE GREAT WAR IN MIDGARD. 107. Frey Proposes to Gerd.  One day, Frey sat in Hlidskjalf and saw within Gymir’s gard, the giant’s daughter Gerd, from whose white arms

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May

26

AN OVERVIEW of the GERMANIC MYTHOLOGY’S EPIC ORDER – Part 3

Investigations into Germanic Mythology Volume II Translated and Annotated by William P. Reaves © 2010 All Rights Reserved THE FIMBUL-WINTER 63.Ivaldi’s Sons in the Wolfdales.  In one of the dark stretches of valley at the northernmost edge of the world, where one of the tunnels to Niflhel is found, Ivaldi’s sons built a home and

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May

25

AN OVERVIEW of the GERMANIC MYTHOLOGY’S EPIC ORDER – Part 1

“ Investigations into Germanic Mythology ” – Volume II , by VIKTOR RYDBERG -Translated and Annotated by William P. Reaves © 2010 – All Rights Reserved- “AN OVERVIEW of the GERMANIC MYTHOLOGY’S EPIC ORDER” Part 1 I have presented for my readers, in their details and overall, provide evidence that the Germanic myths formed an

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May

25

Týr, The One-Handed: Who’s Your Daddy?

We find two seemingly conflicting statements in the lore regarding the parentage of Týr, the one-handed god. In the Prose Edda, Snorri Sturluson informs us that Tyr is the son of Odin, while in the Eddicpoem Hymiskviða, we are told that Tyr is the son of the giant Hymir. In Skáldskaparmál 16, Snorri says of Týr: Hvernig skal kenna Tý? Svá,

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Apr

18

Freya confronts her husband’s slayer

According to Danish Historian, Saxo Grammaticus, Book 1): Conquered, Hadding fled to Helsingland, where, while washing in the cold sea-water, he was attacked and cut down a beast of unknown kind with many blows, and having killed it, had it carried into camp. As he was exulting in this deed, a woman met him and

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Apr

9

Winged Fate: Norns and Swanmaidens

Foremost among the Norns is Urd accompanied by her two sisters, Verdandi and Skuld. They are said to “choose life” (líf kuru) for men at birth. All this from Völuspá 20: 20. Then came women, much-knowingThree out of the sea (or hall) that stands under the tree;Urd, one is named, another Verdandi, —scoring on boards—Skuld

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