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    Re: Questions about Baldr

    Saxo Grammaticus has an entirely different version of the Baldr narrative which I prefer. In his, Baldr is a human that is fighting (the also human) Hodor for his love, Nanna. The gods and other...
  2. Thread: Masks

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    Re: Masks

    I would say that masks are fairly important to the religious drama of heathenry. For starters, the Wild Hunt and Phantom Army (and even berserkers) are theorized to have been spawned by an older...
  3. Thread: Heathen Q&A

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    IME, that's pretty accurate. The giants are the forces of nature and the gods are the mitigators of those forces. However, I think our role, as residents of midgard is to work in perfect balance of...
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    Re: Tell me about Freyr

    To me Freyr is completely zoomorphic. The Great Wise Boar. Here.

    When I think about who the god of my cats and geese and rabbits and dogs is, I think it's Freyr. He's (and Freyja) one of them....
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    Re: Edda Discussion: Völuspá

    Sorry if this was mentioned already!

    One of my 'aha' moments was in learning that Baldr's death was the First Death. Ever. Gullveig didn't die. Mimir didn't die. Beings were always being...
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    Re: Opinions changing over time.

    Its kind of interesting that you mention that. In the Anglo-Saxon Savior (which is about the Germanic conversion poem Heliand) Fate and God were discussed; Fate is its own 'being' outside of God but...
  7. Thread: Dying well?

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    Re: Dying well?

    The death rate for our ancestors was a lot higher for them than it is for us. If fifty men are going to be taken out in a war its generally those who 'died well' that are best remembered. And what...
  8. Thread: Nornir

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    Re: Nornir

    The night I posted we were hit hy a violent storm which flattened the trees on my property. I'm pretty sure stating the views I had on the Norns affected my luck. Now my view from the backyard is the...
  9. Thread: Nornir

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    Re: Nornir

    I apologize for my outburst. I suppose I just wanted my experiences and insights to be recognized and validated as well, even though I can no longer muster up the enthusiasm to write extensively...
  10. Thread: Nornir

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    Re: Nornir

    I saw that you didn't put "work with", but that you were asking what they like. I'm going to sound bitchy but it doesn't matter what they like because its pointless to offer them anything or to...
  11. Thread: Nornir

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    Re: Nornir

    I quite like the Norns as well. However, from UPG and lore it seems as if they aren't beings that one can "work with". The gods and people don't call to them because, by virtue of their functional...
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    Re: Honour in todays combat.

    Raeya, the Freya thing occured to me after the Sandy Hook shooting. Its mainly UPG, though. Also, in current events, the chemical warfare reported in Damascus and the images of little children as...
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    Re: Honour in todays combat.

    " . Does Odhinn collect women and children who have 'bttled' famine and disease and prepare them for Ragnarok by feasting and fighting in Valhalla? No."

    Just an aside...Women and children are...
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    Re: Honour in todays combat.

    My heathen traditions don't incorporate Valhalla (I go for the mountain myth instead) but I think Odin took the fallen soldiers instead of those who died in old age because it was the Norns and the...
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    Re: Edda Discussion: Völuspá

    Not necessarily. Just because they were possibly a later addition doesn't mean that they didn't have a purpose at all. Icelandic poetry was full of riddles and kennings and double entendres; that's...
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    Re: Edda Discussion: Völuspá

    So far in the Voluspa we get the Volva recounting the creation of our reality and the powers that initiated it. Major points being that the world was spontaneous and organic (world-accepting folk...
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    Re: Edda Discussion: Völuspá

    I understood the "they made" to refer to the gods work in creating dwarves and creatures from Ymir and not the dwarves work? Ref: Jochen, Voluspa.
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    Re: Hey Folks, Talk to me about Thor?

    I've never really had an "aha" moment with Thor but I have had that with Sif.

    I bake my own breads and for the longest time I was trying to think of a grain goddess. Sif never entered my mind...
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    Re: Edda Discussion: Völuspá

    Only quoted you because you had the verses, MoonRaven. :) Lazy and on my phone--sorry for any misunderstanding.
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    Re: Edda Discussion: Völuspá

    I always like to hammer home an important point (over and over) thats highlighted here: the gods DID NOT create the sun and moon, the stars or the earth. They simply were the organisers. Unlike God,...
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    Re: Edda Discussion: Völuspá

    The most comprehensive article on it is "Swine in Old Norse Religion and Worldview."

    Here is a list of authors that discuss zoomorphic Freyr and Freyja: Edward Burnett Tylor, de Vries, Rosen,...
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    Re: Who Is Loki Really?

    You might like to read an article titled something like "Loki, the Ash Lad and the Vaettir". The author makes a good case for Loki as a common mischevious house sprite, as well as explaining the...
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    Re: Edda Discussion: Völuspá

    The Vanir are most likely expressed in Adhumla, the primal cow.

    It isn't common knowledge that the Vanir (especially Freyja and Freyr) were often seen as animal gods rather than personified gods....
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    Re: Edda Discussion: Völuspá

    To add to what others have said:

    These first few verses are essentially the dead woman proving to Odin that she is indeed dead and that this qualifies her to speak about whats becoming in the...
  25. Thread: Ragnarok

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    Re: Ragnarok

    Germanic mythology has a mythic past, a mythic present and a mythic future. According to Lindow, the creation of the world is mythic past, the death of Baldr mythic present, and the war of the gods...
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