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Norse Mythology....

Discussion in 'Sacred Texts, Folklore, and Mythology' started by Thorin the Skald, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. Thorin the Skald

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    As a Skald(Storyteller), I am well versed in the Norse Myths, and hope to one day publish my own book on them...or rather two books...one for children, and one for older children! LOL It was as a storyteller that I found my way to the Norse Way spiritual path.

    The myths of the Norse peoples are rich in morals, values, humor, and life-lessons. The creation story tells us that the first creature was a female.....a cow....but a female non the less! It also tells us that our world, Midgard, was created from the body of a giant so big that when he died in battle, his body stretched across the Great Void....the Gananigagap....and that his fozen blood thawed and became the water that surrounds our world in the oceans, lakes and rivers. Yimir, the giant, as a creature made from ice. We also learn who the first god was...his name was Buri....and from him sprang three sons....Odin, Vili and Ve. It was Odin who went on to have 9 sons of his own.....and so it begins.....

    There are tales of valor....when Tyre, god of war, gave up his right hand so that the Fenris wolf could be bound with a magic chain made by the dwarves.....and when Idunna, keeper of the Golden Apples of Youth, refused to give any to the giant Thiassi. There are tales of love....when Thor made Loki replace Sif's hair after Loki had cut it all off.......and when Frey gave up his magic sword to be with the giantess he loved.

    And, then there is Ragnarock.....the Doom of the Gods....the last battle between Good and Evil. All bounds shall be broken...and the Host of Helheim shall come forth to the Plain of Vigrid to meet with the gods and those warriors chosen by Odin to fight in this one last battle. Most of the gods do not survive....and NONE of the Evil creatures do. After a thousand years of cleansing fire, the World is reborn, and two humans awake in the charred stump of the Tree of Life. And high above, where the shining halls of Asgard once stood, a Gateway opens....and out walk the few gods who survived...as well as ALL of the goddesses(they did not fight in the Last Battle)....and then the ground opens, and Baldur(our version of Jesus) walks up out of the earth arm in arm with his blind brother Hod....forgiving him for shooting him with the dart of mistltoe so long long ago. But, it was Loki, the Trickster's hand that guided Hod's arm when that fateful day came....or is to come rather. I follow what may seem to some a group of gods and goddesses who are doomed right from the start....but when you look closer, you see that they die not for a lost cause....but because they know what is to come......HOPE....and Re-birth. Bright Blessings all.
     
  2. Buttons*

    Buttons* Glass half Panda'd

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    I loved learning about Norse Mythology! It's just so fun!
     
  3. 1nharmony

    1nharmony A Coco-Nut

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  4. Freyasky

    Freyasky New Member

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    I am mostly interested in the Vanir
    I am particularly interested in
    Frey and Freya
    Also, I am fascinated by the Gullgubbene
    the Art form of ancient Scandinavia in which
    there is a male and female facing each other positively

    this icon has hundreds of variations
    made over hundreds of years around 1,500 years ago
    made hundreds of miles apart

    I am seeking others to help me study them
    just type in Gullgubbene
    Guldgubbar
    Guldgubber
    or other variations in the 3 languages of the countries in which they have been found (Denmark, Sweden and Norway)
    I am giving a lecture on them in 3 months and hope to write a book on them

    if you would like to help, jump in
    I'll give you credit in any future book for your insights
     
  5. Feathers in Hair

    Feathers in Hair World's Tallest Hobbit

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    Hello and welcome to RF, Freyasky! I love your username! (It's close to my own on another forum.)

    Are Freya and Frey your main dieties of interest? I'm not that familiar with Frey, but love 'working with' Freya. (In her dozens of variations of spellings, hehee.) Are you researching all gods of that pantheon or just those?
     
  6. gnostic

    gnostic The Lost One

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    I believed that her name means "Lady", just as her brother means "Lord".

    Other names were Gefn, Hörn, Mardöll, and Syr. These four names are found in Snorri Sturluson's Prose Edda. I only know that Syr means "Sow". Mardöll could mean "gold tears", which she shed after losing her husband, Od, but I'm not certain about this meaning.
     
  7. Mystic-als

    Mystic-als Active Member

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    Thorin the Skald - Thank you for your overview! You really are a story teller.

    Please tell more.
     
  8. Freyasky

    Freyasky New Member

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    The gullgubbene are the "gold couple" of the ancients who worshipped a duel diety that was a brother/sister twins set.
     
  9. Klaufi_Wodensson

    Klaufi_Wodensson Vinlandic Warrior

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    I love Nordic Religions. I have the deepest reverence for them.
     
  10. WordSpeaks

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    Neil Gaiman has a fun story called "Odd and the Frost Giants." Worth checking out.
     
  11. The Peacekeeper

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    Gaiman has a lot of writings approaching Norse myths, including the book called American Gods where Odin appears as well.

    Besides that I love the Norse myths generally and also the viking society and sagas. Despite the fact that Europeans of that time saw Vikings as pure barbarians and all, it wasn't like that at all. They were a very civilized people with a great organized society.

    I also read the Edda and despite the fact that it's not an easy reading, I enjoyed it a lot. :)

    What other books you recommend on Norse myths?
     
  12. Klaufi_Wodensson

    Klaufi_Wodensson Vinlandic Warrior

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    You said that you read the Edda, but there are two. Which one have you read? If you haven't read both (Poetic and Prose) I highly suggest that. Also, I'd say read the Saga of the Volsungs and the Voluspa.
     
  13. Sylvan

    Sylvan Unrepentant goofer duster

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    Its kind of obscure, but one of the best books I have ever read on Germanic mythology, particularly the concept of Wyrd and time, is called The Well and the Tree.

    I also enjoy the Voluspa.
     
  14. The Peacekeeper

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    I read both. :D Didn't read Saga of the Volsungs and the Voluspa... not sure where to find them either. Besides there are few translations on Norse myths and society around here. Haven't found many. There are more in english fortunately.
     
  15. Klaufi_Wodensson

    Klaufi_Wodensson Vinlandic Warrior

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    If you go to sacred-texts.com, you can find tons of sagas.
     
  16. Heathen Hammer

    Heathen Hammer Nope, you're still wrong

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    Drat I was just gonna post that :)
     
  17. Breathe

    Breathe Hostis humani generis

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    Same here, I absolutely love them.

    Does anyone have any favourite modern Heathen literature they don't mind suggesting? :)
     
  18. Heathen Hammer

    Heathen Hammer Nope, you're still wrong

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  19. lunakilo

    lunakilo Well-Known Member

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    I was wondering if you know this cartoon:
    [youtube]YNX_Heix390[/youtube]

    It is the story of how Røskva and Tjalfe met Tor :)

    It is also part of a series of comic books called Valhalla which are very popular where I come from. My daughter loves them :)
    Unfortunatly noone has translated them to eniglis yet; Swedish,Norwegian, Dutch, German, French, Finnish, Icelandic, Faroese and Indonesian it seems but not english :)

    This page about the cartoons is better: http://www.petermadsen.info/pages/vh/valhalla-eng.html
     
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