International Viking day
What You Can Learn About Fitness, Women, and Friendship From the Vikings
core themes are limited gods, trickery, doom, and heroism
The gods are the inhabitants of Asgard, which is just one of 9 worlds. The other words are homes to ice giants, fire giants, dwarfs, humans, and other creatures. There is no God sitting above all worlds, though we are rooting for the Aesir of Asgard. The Aesir aren’t even the only godlike beings. There are also the Vanir, who mix with the Aesir, but are their own race.
Odin has to earn his powers. He plucks out his own eye to exchange for a drink from a well that grants great knowledge. He impales himself on the world-tree at the axis of the 9 worlds with his great spear in order to gain mastery of the magic of runes. He relies on magic items, pets–such as the two ravens, Thought and Memory, that bring back knowledge of the world–and his allies.
One of Odin’s key allies is Loki, the trickster god, descended from frost giants. Unlike in the Thor comics, Loki is actually the blood brother of Odin. Odin relies on Loki’s cunning to outfox others, such as the giants. This theme of trickery appears in other contexts, where Loki is a villain, attempting to fool Thor and others. Remember that ancient Germanic people loved riddles and valued cleverness as well as strength.
Loki’s trickery ultimately leads to the gods’ doom, starting the world-ending battle known as Ragnarök . This sense of doom is always there beneath the stories. The Norns are three women who weave the fates of god and men.
In the face of the death that must come to us all, gods and great warriors show heroism, fighting monsters. The greatest mortal warriors go to the heroes’ hall, Valhalla, upon death, where they can feast and drink until the ultimate war, Ragnarök.
Volsug- decendents of Odin through Ragnar
Ynglings-decended of Frey from Aslug
500 years before Italian explorer Christopher Columbus ‘discovered’ America;
Norse Explorer Leif Erikson son of Eric the Red in the year 1000
was the first European to set foot on the North American continent.
Sadly we do not learn of Leif’s discovery in school, only Columbus’
(apparently the Board of Ed is controlled by some Christian group)
In 1964 Lynden B Johnson proclaimed the day to be Leif Erikson day.
This is a good video, tho there are some good points and bad points
Uncovering History in the news
Putting the Thor in Thursday the days of the week from Tuesday to Friday are named after the Norse gods,,,
Tuesday is Tyr’s Day
Wednesday is odin or a variation of the name .. Woden’s day
and Friday is (I always mix Friday’s up) It’s either for Frey, Freya or Frigg
Thursday is reserved for the God of Thunder none other than Thor (the protector of Midgard aka Earth)
“On Thursday evening one must neither spin nor hew. The Esthonians think Thursday holier than Sunday. What punishment overtook the transgressor, may be gathered from another superstition, which, it is true, substituted the hallowed day of Christ for that of Donar (Thor): “He that shall work on Trinity Sunday (the next after Pentecost), or shall wear anything sewed or knitted (on that day), shall be stricken by thunder.”
Thor is the Norse god of Thunder, wielding his hammer Mjolnr, which when struk, makes thunder.Thor is also associated with Lightning, Storms, oak trees, strength, Protection of humankind, as well as hallowing, healing and fertility. During the roman empire period, the Germanic peoples adopted the roman calendar and replaced the roman gods with their own… the Latin dies Iovis “day of Jupiter’ was converted to proto germanic it with Þonares degaz “Thor’s day” in which stemmed the english Thursday. Beginning in the Viking age personal names containg the theonym Thórr are recorded with frequency. Prior to the Viking age, no known examples are recorded. Thórr-based names may have flourished during the Viking age as a defiant response to attaempts at Christianization, similar to the widescale Vikingage practice of wearing Thor’s hammer pendants
The Challenge of Thor
I am the Thunderer!
I am the God Thor,
I am the War God,
Here in my Northland,
My fastness and fortress,
Reign I forever!
Here amid Iceburgs
Rule I the nations;
This is my hammer,
Miölner the mighty;
Giants and Sorcerers
Cannot withstand it!
These are the gauntlets
wherewith I weild it,
And hurl it afar off;
This is my girdle;
Whenever I brace it,
Strength is redoubled!
The Light thou beholdest
Stream through the heavens
in Flashes of crimson,
Is but my red beard
Blown by the night-wind,
Affrighting the nations!
Jove is my brother;
Mine eyes are the lightning;
The wheels of my chariot
Roll in the Thunder
The blows of my hammer
Ring in the earthquake!
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Svǫrt verða sólskin
of sumor eptir,
veðr ǫll válynd
Vitoð ér enn, eða hvat?
Brœðr muno beriaz
ok at bǫnom verða
Hart er í heimi,
—skildir ro klofnir—
áðr verǫld steypiz.
Mun engi maðr
It sates itself on the life-blood
of fated men,
paints red the powers’ homes
with crimson gore.
Black become the sun’s beams
in the summers that follow,
weathers all treacherous.
Do you still seek to know? And what?
Brothers will fight
and kill each other,
will defile kinship.
It is harsh in the world,
—an axe age, a sword age
—shields are riven—
a wind age, a wolf age—
before the world goes headlong.
No man will have
mercy on another.
6 Vikings Rulers You should know (+ video)
Ragnar’s Forgotten Wife not really sure how much to put into this, as I KNOW the History channel show is based on history, (but also uses creative license. Ragnar and Rollo were not brothers but were made so for the show to tell about 2 iconic people of Viking history.)
Came across this, though it sounds like a speak n spell
AS for reading anything by Snorri-Sturluson(just click the link)
The Norse “Zombie”: The Aptrganga
The Norse “Zombie”: The Aptrganga pic.twitter.com/tAn6BJ2Xf7
— Jackson Crawford (@Norsebysw) October 31, 2016
sites & sources
thenorsegods is good for a beginner to start or just give you a refresher for those that are rusty.