Daily Deity (Nov 18): Frige (with musings on love)

This week, I’ve decided to go the “theme” route and over some Norse deities. Friday’s deity is Frige, goddess of love.

More on the flip…

Wikipedia doesn’t have much on Frige, especially compared to some of the other Norse gods:

Frige (Anglo-Saxon, Friia (Germany) or Frea (Langobard)) was the love goddess of Germanic mythology, and the wife of Wotan (Odin). She has given her name to the weekday Friday in analogy with Venus. In the last surviving and by far best known version of Germanic mythology, Norse mythology, she had split into two clearly related goddesses, the promiscuous Freya who was married to Odr and the sometimes unfaithful Frigg who was the wife of Odin.

If you follow the Frigg/Freya links, you find more info.

One of the things I’ve been taught (I take the source with a several grains of salt, but this one rings true) is that often when one group conquered another, the gods of the conquered group became the children (i.e. subordinate) to the gods of the conquerors. The Æsir were more prominent in Norse mythology than the Vanir, and Frigg of the Æsir was Odin’s wife while Freya was the daughter of Njord who, with his children, joined the Æsir as Vanir hostages after the Æsir/Vanir war. Even so, she’s also sometimes described as being Odin’s wife, under one of his other names (Ódr).

All of this makes Frige (by whichever name) a bit tough to get a handle on. She’s associated with love, either marital or non, emotional or physical. Frigg covered marriage, motherhood, fertility, love, household management, domestic arts, and prophesy.” Freya was associated with love, sex, war, prophecies, and attraction.

Either way, Friday is traditionally a day for love :-). IMO, one of the “secrets” of our successful relationship is that we make sure we let each other know how much we care for and appreciate each other. This is my third marriage, and neither of the first two were bad (the first one we should have stayed friends instead of letting friends nudge us into marriage, the second one we accumulated baggage but have been able to stay on good terms), but no one has ever made me feel as appreciated and cherished as Roland does. Making someone feel cherished is IMO one of the greatest gifts we can give.

So happy Friday/Vendredi/Viernes/Freitag/dies Veneris to you all :-).

Meanwhile, my standard 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 Deity of the Day if you don’t want to :-).

2 comments

My favorite bit… (none / 0)

…of the Freya mythos is the story that Odin gained the runes by his sacrifice, but Freya had to teach him how to use them.

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” — Hunter S. Thompson

by rune on Fri Nov 18th, 2005 at 20:13:33 PDT

Yes (none / 0)

Woden knows wisdom and power when he sees it, even in magical “womanly” types of knowlege.

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

by lonespark on Sat Nov 19th, 2005 at 08:09:04 PDT

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