Friday, 14 December 2012

Hidden Within the Norse Gods - Part IV

Freyr, or Frey, is like "lord". The masculine god of fertility, the earth, nature and calm skies. He appears in Norse myth riding a large boar named Gullinbursti. His name Yngvi-Frey was associated with the some Scandinavian royal families. He rules Alfheimr (Realm of the light elves) and he owns a magnificent sailing ship. Owner of powerful sword, that he sold in purchase of a giantess' love. He fell in love with the beautiful giantess named Gord or Gerd. Freyr used basic weapons such as bone, antlers and spears to kill monsters after having gone without his sword.  Freyr's "Yngvi" name is a title similar to Ing, Inguz, Ingui, Yngling. These kings and queens are descendants of Freyr. He is often associated with war and nature, perhaps even hunter and gatherer. In Sweden he was called Fricco. His original name was Yngvi and this means, lord, master, king, warrior (all into one). I conclude that Freyr was a man, from a recent enough time as the Bronze Age! He had a legacy that told a story far that he was immortalised, recast as Freyr and made into the brother of prehistoric goddess Freya.  

Loki is the "Trickster god" according to legends as well as modern media. He's a very complex god whose name doesn't seem to have an origin but could mean "luka" for air. He's often depicted in art, stone, poems and sculpture as a god with references to snakes and fire. He's the father of monstrous children and they are Fenrir the giant wolf, Jormungandr the world serpent, and Hel, the goddess of the dead. All of them are deadly enemies of the gods and they threaten to destroy the world. At the time of Ragnarok, those three monstrous children are unleashed. Although said to be a god, Loki is also another kind of immortal. He's been considered "companion of the gods" then an "enemy of the gods." Is he a giant? It makes sense that he's a giant who, for some reason, had deformities, or appeared quite elemental as he could shape shift, spawn out monsters and create magic. Is he a symbol of evil? chaos? or a breakdown of perfection? His name sounds like Lucifer (if pronounced in the proper Roman dialect as "C" was pronounced as ck and not s). Loki is almost similar to Hermes (of the Greeks), Gwydion (Celtic myth) and Veles (Slavic myth). Yet Hermes (or Mercury the Roman version) is a counterpart of Odin!!! 

That is all. I've completed the four parts of this series. I plan to do another series about monsters, trolls, elves, ect. Wait and see.  

Image "Ragnarok" by Harry Buddhapalm

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