Noble Norse Norns


International Viking day

May 8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wc5zUK2MKNY

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

Leif Erikson Day

October 9

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.

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This is a good video, tho there are some good points and bad points

Uncovering History in the news

1000-year-old-nordic-spearhead-raises-question-were-vikings-new-york

Bones of the Vikings: when raiding goes wrong

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Hammer of Thor unearthed with Runes-1-000-year-old-amulet-solve-mystery-Viking-charms-worn-protection

Treasure Trove unearthed

Tomb of ‘Power couple’ found in Denmark

Viking ‘parliament’ site uncovered on Scottish island

Vikings Filed Their Teeth, Skeleton Study Shows

hunt-for-viking-dna-among-normandy-residents-riles-anti-racism-activists

 

Days of the Week

these were written in old norse

(or a nordic language. The site I had this on previously  has messed all but saturday and sunday.)

Monday – Mánadagr =moon’s Day (Mani)

Tuesday- Týsdagr= Tyr’s day

Wednesday- Ãðinsdagr=Odin’s day

Thursday- Ãórsdagr= Thor’s Day

Friday- Frjádagr-Freya’s Day (or Frigg’s Star)

Saturday- Laugardagr- Washing Day

Sunday- Sunnudagr= Sun’s Day

 

THORSday

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

 

10 Signs You are a Viking

Svǫrt verða sólskin
of sumor eptir,
veðr ǫll válynd
Vitoð ér enn, eða hvat?

Brœðr muno beriaz
ok at bǫnom verða
muno systrungar
sifiom spilla.
Hart er í heimi,
hórdómr mikill
—skeggǫld, skálmǫld
—skildir ro klofnir—
vindǫld, vargǫld—
áðr verǫld steypiz.
Mun engi maðr
ǫðrom þyrma.

Translation:

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,
sisters’ children
will defile kinship.
It is harsh in the world,
whoredom rife
—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.

#Ragnarök #Vikings

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Viking History

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The truth about Viking berserkers

6 Vikings Rulers You should know (+ video)

Viking Place Names – The Legacy of the Norse

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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.)

dukes of normandy

historical-truth-rollo

the Real Lagertha

 Came across this, though it sounds like a speak n spell

 

AS for reading anything by Snorri-Sturluson(just click the link)

Týr: Honoring Norse Roots with Heavy Metal – Metal at the Gates

The Norse “Zombie”: The Aptrganga

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sites & sources

Norse Mythology Facebook page

thenorsegods is good for a beginner to start or just give you a refresher for those that are rusty.

http://spangenhelm.com/  & an article on Viking Shields

 

Links

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vikings

 

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