Friday, November 2, 2007

Fredag


And finally, the fourth day of the week named for Norse gods: Fredag, named for either Frigg or Freyja, depending on who you ask.

Frigg is the wife of Odin and goddess of marriage, motherhood, love and fertility. She knows the destiny of every person. She tried to prevent the death of her son, Balder, by making every object in nature take an oath not to kill him. Unfortunately, she forgot to ask the mistletoe, and Balder was killed when he ate a fig made of mistletoe.

Freya is closely related, she too is a goddess of love and fertility, crops and birth, sensuality and beauty. She is a lover of springtime, flowers, music, and cares for the elves and fairies. Her husband is the god Od (another form of Odin?)

Freya is a bit feistier than Frigg, though. She wears a cloak of feathers that allows her to change into a falcon, she rides a chariot pulled by two cats, and she owns a battle boar that can turn into her human lover. She shares slain warriors with Odin: half of them go to his palace in Valhalla and the other half go to her palace, Folkvang.



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