Myth Study: The Lay of Skirnir

One day, Frey went and sat on Hlithskajalf looking over all the worlds. He looked into Jotunheim and saw a beautiful woman walking from her father’s house so shining that light shined from her arms across the land and sea. It was Gerd, the daughter of the giant Gymir. Frey was so struck by her …

Faces of Loki 6: Chaos and Calm

This entry of the faces of Loki is one that will be a bit more personal than usual. And though there may be some mention of the myths, much of it will be UPG and personal experience.  For many people, Loki is associated with chaos. This is understandable given his role in Ragnarok and the …

Voluspa Study: stanzas 25 -26

25. Then sought the gods their assembly-seats, The holy ones, and council held, To find who with venom the air had filled, Or had given Oth’s bride to the giant’s brood. 26. In swelling rage then rose up Thor Seldom he sits when he such things hears,– And the oaths were broken, the words and …

Why pour from cups? : A different look at self-care and relations

When talking about the need for self-care, the most often heard phrase is “you can’t pour from an empty cup”. It’s generally accepted that this saying means when you give and give and don’t stop to recharge and take care of yourself, you’ll be too “empty” of energy to take care of anyone including yourself. …

Voluspa Study: Gullveig and the Vanir war

*This entry has two different translations shown for this section of the poem that will be discussed. Whereas I usually show Bellows Translation alone and only mention Thorpe or others as needed, in this case, the two poems have separate information with Thorpe having extra stanzas not included in Bellows translation. So, this one is …

Myth Monday: The Lay of Thrym – Thor is the Bride

*All direct quotes are italicized and taken from Thorpe’s translation of The Poetic Edda. The Lay of Thrym: Thor is the Bride One morning, Thor woke and found his hammer missing. The first thing he said was to Loki “Hear now, Loki, what I now say, which no one knows anywhere on earth, nor in …

Voluspa Stanzas 9 – 18 of Dwarfs and Men

9) Then sought the gods their assembly-seats, The holy ones, and council held, To find who should raise the race of dwarfs Out of Brimir’s blood and the legs of Blain. 10)There was Motsognir the mightiest made Of all the dwarfs, and Durin next; Many a likeness of men they made, The dwarfs in the …

Myth Monday: The Lay of Vegtam (or Baldr’s Dreams)

This poem opens with the Gods and Goddesses holding council about the troubling dreams Baldr has been having. In Thorpe’s translation it says that then “They the Jotun questioned, wise seers of the future”, what the dreams meant, and that they were told the dreams meant Baldr was destined to die. So the Aesir went …