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Dec

31

THE CLIMAX OF THE FIMBUL – WINTER . THE MIGRATION OF TRIBES FROM THE NORTH . SKJÖLD BORGAR AND HALFDAN

Excerpts from” Our Fathers’ Godsaga”, by Viktor Rydberg , translated by William P Reeves After Baldur’s death, there was no power in Asgard that could check the whirlwinds, blizzards, and hailstorms sent by Völund from Jötunheim. The distinctions between summer and winter disappeared altogether, and it seemed as if winter would reign every month of the year. The land closest

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Dec

26

OH MY GODDESS! FRIGG AS ALL-MOTHER.

That the gods form a family is self-evident in their leadership. Odin is the All-Father, as well as their ruler. The gods together are esteemed “Frigg’s progeny” (Friggjar niðja) in a skaldic kenning by Egill Skalla-grímsson in Sonatorrek 2. As previously demonstrated, numerous poetic references designate the Earth as Odin’s wife and Thor’s mother, and

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Dec

23

Yuletide Customs

“They set the table for the Queen of Heaven,—whom the common people call Frau Holda” Like the White Lady, Frau Perchta and Berchta, Frau Holle was also connected with prophecy, although on a more domestic level. Near Hörselberg in Thuringia, maidens would place new fiber on their distaffs on Christmas Eve before Frau Holle began

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Dec

23

The Vanir

As the Aesir are the defenders and protectors of the World Order, the Vanir are primarily concerned with its maintenance and function. Because of this, we often view them as nature divinities, and as such they can be closely correlated to the natural sciences. Frey owns the Grotti-Mill that regulates the ebb and flow of

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Dec

23

Rider on the storm: Wodan, master of the Wild Hunt

WODAN, MASTER OF THE WILD HUNTWhat Jackson Crawford Left Out. Despite various historical figures being placed at the head of this host, the Wild Huntsman himself is most often identified as Wodan. According to tales collected by Ernst Meier, he is described as handsome, proud and extraordinarily large, far superior to human size. He possesses

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Dec

22

Saehrimnir

He is the boar of plenty, the beast of sustenance that feeds the warriors in Vahall. This boar is a sacred animal representing two of the most revered aspects of any religious belief: the sacred feast and regeneration. Here is what is stated in The Odinist Edda about Saehrimnir (XXV.7, using Grímnismál 18, Gylfaginning 38,

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