In Norse mythology, Gná is a goddess who runs errands in other worlds for the goddess Frigg and rides the flying, sea-treading horseHófvarpnir (Old Norse ”he who throws his hoofs about”, ”hoof-thrower” or “hoof kicker”). Gná and Hófvarpnir are attested in theProse Edda, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson. Scholarly theories have been proposed about Gná as a “goddess of fullness” and as potentially cognate to Fama from Roman mythology. Hófvarpnir and the eight-legged steed Sleipnir have been cited examples of transcendent horses in Norse mythology.
(Gná is the one with the spear on the picture of Frigg by Carl Emil Doeppler from 1882)
In Oberstdorf, an old village in Southern Bavaria, a unique ancient pagan tradition is still alive – the dance of the wild men (Wilde-Mändle-Tanz), which is held only in this small town, once in five years.
Wilde-Mändle-Tanz is dedicated to the Germanic god Thor, and involves 13 men, all of whom belong to old local families who have been living in that region for centuries. The men’s costumes are made of moss, which grows only in the Allgäu Alps.
They dance to rhythmic drum music, building a pyramid, and at the end they drink mead from their wooden mugs, singing a ritual song.
Husband talked on the phone to his mom today and told her he had interviewed for a job in California. She got mad and said, “Well, it shouldn’t surprise me since Liana (me) is, you know, an extreme liberal.”
A) Does she know her son? That boy ain’t conservative.
B) Such an extreme liberal. Equal rights and all. Gross.
C) Lady, I have friends who think I’m pretty conservative as far as liberals go. You’ve never even SEEN a liberal.
Since I’ve picked up a bunch of new followers lately, I just thought I’d take this opportunity to remind everyone that yes, I’m a liberal. I’m liberal in my life, my politics, and in my faith. I believe anyone is welcome, and I welcome them myself.
If you are into gross shit (i.e. hate against any race, sex, lack of sex, relationship type, disability, etc etc etc), I don’t want you here.
Love to all of you who are awesome and have to read this every once in a while. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Asked by runictreasure
Check out the Thor Appreciation Cuddle Pile tumblr tag to find lots of users who worship Thor. Also try the Thor* tag (with the asterisk at the end), those tags tend to be more official than ones without the asterisk. You can do the same for other deities!
I’d recommend for broader Norse information you look at grumpylokeanelder. I find also both the tags listed above to be useful. I very rarely see Marvel postings (as long as you’re not using the search function and looking at Most Popular. :)
The “Thunor” tag is where I post Thor things. It’s a good spot if you’re looking to stay away from Marvel Thor.
(Thunor is the approximate equivalent of Thor in Anglo-Saxon, though there could be endless debate about whether or not they are the same guy. Either way, Thunor will be a good tag for you, runictreasure .)
If any wicca (witch), wiglaer (wizard), false swearer, morthwyrtha (worshipper of the dead) or any foul contaminated, manifest horcwenan (whore), be anywhere in the land, man shall drive them out.
We teach that every priest shall extinguish heathendom and forbid wilweorthunga (fountain worship), licwiglunga (incantations of the dead), hwata (omens), galdra (magic), man worship and the abominations that men exercise in various sorts of witchcraft, and in frithspottum (peace-enclosures) with elms and other trees, and with stones, and with many phantoms.
— 16th canon law enacted under King Edgar in the 10th century
(So many words I need to investigate further. Awesome.)
Asked by Anonymous
While there are bigots who exist within Heathenry, there are still plenty of people who are not. Hello! For good resources I’d recommend grumpylokeanelder, lokavinr, and thorswoman. For a list of safe blogs within the community check out valkyriesquad.
Adding to this: anyone who participates in the tag “Thor Appreciation Cuddle Pile” will be open and welcoming regardless of what your path looks like. Come play, anon!
Jórunn skáldamaer, 10th century
Art by Mikaela Bergquist (tumblr)
Jórunn skáldmær (Jórunn the poet-maiden) was a Norwegian skáld. Like the bards of Celtic courts, skálds were employed by Scandinavian and Icelandic nobles to compose complicated verse in praise of their patron. Skálds also often served as advisers.
Jórunn is the only known named female skáld who seems to have filled the role of adviser at court. Only a single partial composition of Jórunn’s survives. Two stanzas and three half-stanzas of Sendibítr (“Biting message”) were recorded by the Icelandic poet and historian Snorri Sturluson approximately 300 years after the initial composition.
I’m moving onto campus tomorrow. Yay.
All my stuff is in a pile in the front room and it’s a lot less than I thought. Just a suitcase, a footlocker and a couple boxes of books.
And I’m really very very nervous. Very much.
Good luck! I think you’re going to love it!