EVIDENCE THAT DIETERICH “OF BERN” IS HADDING. THE DIETERICH SAGA THUS HAS ITS ORIGIN IN THE MYTH CONCERNING THE WAR BETWEEN MANNUS-HALFDAN’S SONS. The appearance of Hamal and the Amalians on Hadding’s side in the great world war becomes a certainty from the fact that we discover among the descendants of the continental Teutons
Odin’s wife Frigg, in her role as Baldur’s mother, clearly possesses characteristics of an earth goddess. She commands all earthly things do do her son no harm, and has their vættir swear oaths to that effect. She makes her home in Fensalir, the marsh-halls. And she lives on in German folklore as Frau Holle, a
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
But already in the beginning of time, evil powers appear for the purpose of opposing and ruining the good influences from the world of gods upon mankind. Just as Heimdall, “the fast traveler,” proceeds from house to house, forming new ties in society and giving instruction in what is good and useful, thus we soon
The mythic ancient history of the human race and of the Teutons may, in accordance with the analysis above given, be divided into the following epochs: – (l) From Ask and Embla’s creation until Heimdall’s arrival; (2) from Heimdall’s arrival until his departure; (3) the age of Skjold-Borgar; (4) Halfdan’s time; (5) The time of Halfdan’s sons.
The Germanic mythology, like the Vedic mythology, knows two high clans of gods. In character, both clans completely correspond to one another. Among the Teutons, these clans are called the Aesir and the Vanir. The Aesir’s call is to defend the order of the world against its foes. For this reason, they inhabit a realm
Commonly considered to be the seat of the ancient Saxon religion located near Heresburg (now Obermarsberg) in Northern Germany, the first reference to Irminsul appeared in the Annales Regni Francorum or Royal Frankish Annals (772 AD). During the Saxon wars, Charlemagne repeatedly ordered the idol’s destruction. Rudolf of Fulda (865 AD) describes it in his
It has already been demonstrated that all the dead must go to Hel—not only they whose destination is the realm of bliss, but also those who are to dwell in Asgard or in[Pg 483] the regions of torture in Nifelheim. Thus the dead tread at the outset the same road. One and the same route
As those beings for whom Urd determines birth, position in life, and death, are countless, so her servants, who perform the tasks commanded by her as queen, must also be innumerable. They belong to two large classes: the one class is active in her service in regard to life, the other in regard to death.
I.THE PROTO INDO-EUROPEAN ORIGIN OF THE BALDUR MYTH. 1.THE TRAGIC MYTH OF THE DIVINE BROTHERS. Viktor Rydberg’s Investigations into Germanic Mythology Volume II Translated by William P. Reaves © 2004 TOWARDS THE BALDUR MYTH I.THE PROTO INDO-EUROPEAN ORIGIN OF THE BALDUR MYTH.1.THE TRAGIC MYTH OF THE DIVINE BROTHERS. 1) A comparative investigation of the Iranian