Daily Deity (Nov 14): Brynhild

This week, I’d decided to go the “theme” route and over some Norse deities. I have Tuesday-Saturday worked out, but didn’t know what to do for Monday, so I hit the Deity of the Day at godchecker.com.

And lo, today’s deity is Brynhild (NOTE: You may need to copy and paste the link to get it to work.), most beautiful of the Valkyries.

More on the flip…

My original idea for doing the Norse pantheon was to cover the gods who’ve given us our names for the days of the week (in English, at least). But Moon-day was a problem — who to cover today? I’d considered hitting some general Norse stuff, so I’ll start with the Valkyries.

As you probably know, the Valkyries are Choosers of the Slain. If you’re a valiant warrior and die in battle, they might pick you up and take you to Valhall (no, that’s not a typo) to party for all eternity, or at least until Ragnarok. Then, they’ll fight with Odin against the giants in the final battle. Then this world will be destroyed and a better one will rise.

I’m not sure what the Norse thought happened to other souls (those not taken to Vallhal). I don’t recall seeing any Asatru/Odinists here on the Street yet, but this would be a good time for any to speak up!

And finally, I have to share this bit, sung to the ubiquitous “Ride of the Valkyries” by Wagner, that I learned from an old friend of Roland’s:

We ride through the night skies,
Flashing our fat thighs,
Picking up dead guys.
Hey, it’s a job!

Other thoughts?

Meanwhile, a reminder that I’m open to suggestions on this topic. If someone would like to see a specific deity or pantheon, let me know! If someone wants to do a “DD” post, I’m cool with it, just speak up ahead of time so we don’t get duplication. Weekends, especially, I may not be online to post and would appreciate someone filling in. You don’t have to use Godchecker’s Diety of the Day if you don’t want to :-).

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according to another site about norse mythology: (none / 0)

Ragnarok, in Norse mythology, was the predestined death of the Germanic gods. A three-year winter led to a final battle on the Vigrid Plain, where the gods and the frost giants fought the epic final battle. Ragnarok marks the end of the old world, and the beginning of the new, current world.

Odin, who had previously attempted to prevent Ragnarok from occuring, led the gods. They were assisted by the heroic dead, those who had died in glorious battle and had been taken to live in Valhalla and await the final battle. The frost giants were led by the fire god Loki and assisted by the unworthy dead who came from Hel, and by other monsters.

Two humans, Lif and Lifthrasir, hid in a sacred tree called Yggdrasil during the battle and didn’t return until after the battle. When they emerged, they repopulated the Earth. Other survivors of Ragnarok included some of the gods, particularly Odin’s brother Honir, Odin’s sons Vidar and Vali, Thor’s sons Modi and Magni. Another of Odin’s sons, Balder, was revived from the dead after the battle.

The Vikings were particularly interested in Ragnarok, and many of the Germanic peoples believed that the same type of battle would again occur. Even when Christianity began to take over their belief system, many of them still explored the idea of a Judgement Day in the same light as Ragnarok.

by DawnG on Mon Nov 14th, 2005 at 13:55:21 PDT

Days of the week (none / 0)

It’s a shame that Christianity pushed out the old pagan day-names from German.  Wednesday, for instance, would be the poetic and mysterious-sounding Woedenstag rather than the dry and declaritory Mittwoch (Middle-week).  

Incidentally, “the Sun” in German is “die Sonne,” a feminine noun, which is contrary to most other Indo-European languages and suggestive that in the ancient German pagan traditions that they worshipped a Sun-goddess rather than a Sun-god as is typical elsewhere.  Are you aware of anything related to this topic, Morgan?

by Betty Black on Mon Nov 14th, 2005 at 16:03:50 PDT

Well… (none / 0)

Couldn’t we talk about Mani on Monday?  Plus I keep meaning to do Frigg on a Friday, but I’ve been busy.

I’m Asatru, but only an egg.

“As scientific knowledge advances, it does not mean that religious knowledge retreats.”
– horse69 on the bnet recon C&C board

by lonespark on Mon Nov 14th, 2005 at 17:27:44 PDT

My plan for the rest of the week: (none / 0)

Tuesday: Tyr (and Fenris)
Wednesday: Odin/Woden
Thursday: Thor/Donar
Friday: Frige
Saturday: Loki

I know Loki doesn’t come into the naming scheme, and that there wasn’t a Norse equivalent for Saturn so that one stuck. But, I’m not inclined to tempt fate by dissing Loki out, so it seemed as good a place as any ;-).

I was also thinking Balder (the Shining One) for Sunday and Ymir (as a beginning) for Monday, but then I saw Brynhild on Godchecker and decided to go for it.

You may be only an egg, but that puts you ahead of a non-Asatru eclectic like myself! 🙂

by Morgan on Mon Nov 14th, 2005 at 17:59:56 PDT

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