Tenets of the Gods

Baldr: The brightness of life. Let your presence be inspiring and beautiful to all. Allow your joy to radiate from within and become your aura.

Bragi: Believe in the power of your words. Speak carefully with thought and precision. Let your praise empower and strengthen, and your insults dishearten and wither.

Eir: Seek the cure. Help those in need, and offer comfort in whatever form you can. Reject the corruption of disease, any affliction can be treated and healed with the right approach.

Fenrir: Destroy your chains and those who forge them. Never be cowed or submit in fear, reason should be met with respect but dominion with insurrection.

Forseti: Deliver the beneficial compromise. Let peace be brokered and unnecessary conflict be evaded, good faith be honoured and deception be castigated.

Freyja: Bask in your glory and empowerment. Let pleasure be a virtue, and self-determination be the basis of your strength. Revel in your emotions for they are your power.

Freyr: Advance the endeavour of growth. Nurture life in all its forms and display the beauty of progeneration. Anything can take root and grow given the right conditions.

Frigga: Provide and protect. Let all you care for be comfortable and safe, and no need be denied. The fire can warm but also burn.

Heimdall: Vigilance and caution. A misstep may bring misery and an unheard word, disaster. The way forward is clear and danger is transparent, when the time is taken to identify it.

Hela: Death is but the other half of life. Let stillness be, and quiet guide your thoughts. Endings should be neither sought nor feared, an end is but the opportunity for further beginnings.

Idunn: Wisdom in youth. Let the words of babes ring with your consciousness and seek the truth held in their innocence, ignorance is found in the dismissal of the young.

Loki: Freedom in fun and change. Do not be bound by norms and civility, evil is often disguised as order, and the fabricated as natural. The good thing is not always the common thing, deviation can lead to delight.

Modi: Evolve and progress. Find no contentment in maintaining a status quo. Each day be better than yesterday, see the good of your forebear and strive to excel further. Seek, always, the betterment of your theory and actions.

Njord: Ebb and flow, give and take. Action begets reaction, matter demands a void, for happiness there must be sadness, for gain there must be loss. Balance is a virtue, no one approach can suit every obstacle.

Odin: Wise and learned. Always search for the opportunity to learn, wisdom is found in the diversity of life. Give your knowledge freely and be gracious in reception, a mind in isolation is a mind that does not grow.

Sif: Be proud and know your worth. Demand your place and your right to exist in the world. Pay mind to fair criticism but reject detractors wholly. Take pride in yourself, and seek betterment for your own sake.

Sigyn: Steadfast and devoted. Stand firmly for what you believe, keep loyal to that you love. Nothing worth doing is easy, no worthwhile thing is effortless. Love takes work, and ideals require labour.

Skadhi: Justice through vengeance. Vileness be met with viciousness, the unforgivable can not be forgiven, though reason may temper rage. Covert, can be calamity, and war kept for a better day.

Thor: Powerful protection. Vie for strength in soul and arm, to protect is to persevere against evil, contest not only in arms but in wills. To bring joy against misery, hope against despair, and a hammer against tyranny.

Tyr: Honour and sacrifice. Victory is not always decisive, a small win leads to the larger success, a minor loss can avert the grander. Achievement can come in portion just as well as in entirety.

Ullr: Mirth in contest. Appreciate fair competition and find joy in the fight, to train you must have a partner, to win - a rival. In loss be grateful for the challenger and in victory, for the challenge.


These are some personal interpretations of the kinds of values and virtues that the gods each have, written up as specific tenets.

“It is hardly enough to say that Loki is an evildoer and Frigg a dutiful mother; the problem of "delicate balance” demands an ethical language finer than that. In this story we do not get the green world, growing even as it perishes, fruitful even in decay, without the paired forces of order and disorder. There must be right relationship between these two. The Norse gods are reginn, “organizing powers,” and by themselves cannot bring that world to life; they need the touch of disorder and vulnerability that Loki brings, a point we see by its reverse: when Loki is suppressed, the world collapses; when he - and disorder - returns, the world is reborn.

The weapon Loki discovers brings these forces back to right relationship after Frigg has tried to banish all disorder. Mistletoe is an evergreen; late in winter, its green ember still catches the light high in the leafless oak. Because of that, as Sir George Frazier once argued at length, this tiny shrub came to symbolize the soul that can survive the body’s death and find rebirth. Thus Loki’s weapon is ambiguously lethal: it carries the promise of rebirth even as it kills. The world can come back green because an evergreen trig killed Baldr. By themselves the ordering gods do not have sufficient power to bring the sequence about; they need as well what their ordering would leave out, Baldr’s fragility and Loki’s mischief. Before the eternals can be fertile, they need the mulch of death, disorder, and decay.“

Trickster Makes This World by Lewis Hyde

At the top are Hades and Persephone, and below them are Baldr and Hel.

Baldr and Hel aren’t lovers in the old myth, but it’s a modern interpretation (got popular with the comic Valhalla) that I think is pretty cute, the idea being that Hel wouldn’t let Baldr leave the underworld because she had fallen in love with him, and Baldr didn’t want to leave anyway because the feeling was mutual.

That version gives it some similarities with Hades and Persephone’s relationship, so I had to draw them too.

Baldr, the fairest of the gods, is the son of Odin and Frigga. Frigga asks every living thing to swear an oath never to harm him, but forgets to ask mistletoe for its promise, thinking it a harmless plant. The gods have great fun throwing various things at Baldr, since they will not harm him. Loki makes a dart of mistletoe, and gives it to the blind god Hod to throw at Baldr, killing him. Hel said that if every living being wept for Baldr’s death, he would be returned. Every being wept for him, save for one giant woman, who may have been Loki in disguise, and so Baldr resides in Hel’s hall until Ragnarok. 

silverspetz  asked:

Hi, I'm not sure if you have answered this question somewhere before but what to you think about the theory that a lot of Loki's worst portrayals are Christian reimaginations/smearjobs?

Hello @silverspetz and thank you for the question.
We have covered this before but I am struggling to locate it in the tags. 

In essence, the idea that Loki may have been reimagined or interpreted in a specific way in the Eddur is because these works were written several hundred years after the Christianisation of Iceland and by Christian authors, rather than by heathens with a living tradition around the subject matter.

Bringing the reliability further into question is evidence from other sources such as “Gesta Danorum” by Saxo Grammaticus. Written in the 12th century (closer to the times of active heathenry) and claiming to be a historical (rather than mythical) work, it details the death of Baldr at the hands of Hodr (and his sword, interestingly named “mistletoe”) due to a dispute between the two for the hand of Nanna and includes no mention of Loki playing any such part. Similar accounts from other Danish Latin chronicles such as “Chronicon Lethrense” (which chronicles the folk beliefs in Denmark and which also pre-date the Eddur) again offer stories of Hodr killing Baldr, again with no involvement from Loki.

Loki also appears as a positive force in the Faroese ballad, “Lokka Táttur”, much Norwegian folk belief (such as the Askeladden stories which are believed to be Loki) and is commemorated positively in much of the folklore of Scandinavia.

So it would seem that the medieval Icelandic works view Loki very differently than how he is portrayed in other Nordic regions and time periods. That in itself does not discount Loki’s Eddic portrayal but it does show, once again, that perhaps if not solely a reimagination of his character by Christian authors, at the very least it displays the variation of heathen beliefs across northern europe.

I hope that helps!

- @hedendom

bewareimfrench  asked:

As much as I love Baldr I don't worship him bc I see no point in worshipping a dead God. I think of him as the hope of new summer and thus I praise him and if I could see his return I would be glad

Fair enough; it’s not my place to tell you what gods you must worship, after all. I don’t see him as a dead god, though. Aye, he was killed, but yet he lives; he is both dead and living. All of these events are happening simultaneously, for they are timeless myths that are not bound to normal progression. To me, he is the essence of life itself, as well as its constant cycle of renewal and rebirth. Thus, I truly do see his life everywhere.

I also see him as a multi-seasonal god; the many stages of the seasons reflect the stages of his ‘life’: summer is his ‘perfection’, autumn his downfall, winter his absence from the world in death, and spring his return to this world.

In the end, to attempt a more simple explanation, he is not a dead god to me because he is the constant renewal of life, which requires death. He does not remain dead, for life will always return. His return is seen daily, as new life springs from old. His return is seen yearly as we make our way out of the harsh death of winter.

Baldr is like all of us, in that we are not stagnant beings but rather vastly changing and ever growing. We constantly renew ourselves as we experience and encounter both life and death. And although our death seems like the end of all things (from our own perspective), new life elsewhere will continue. It all intermingles, and there truly is no way to separate them from one another.

As a result, Baldr is not just dead, but also alive and forever renewing; death is but one step in encouraging new growth.

But that’s just my rambling thoughts on that. Everyone has their own way of viewing him, and mine is certainly not the only way. Just be watchful that you don’t oversimplify his position, for gods are not bound to the same kind of existence as we are.

Þǫkk, ok hrósa Baldr.
(Thanks, and praise Baldr.)

anonymous asked:

Hello, may I request headcanons of the gods if their s/o had a knitting hobby (lol totally not projecting as I work on a difficult and tedious project)

I will just do the few main ones since you didn’t specify which gods!

-Admin Chey

Apollon: This sweetheart loves your hobby. He will sit with you and help in any way he can! Need him to hold the ball and feed it cleanly to you? Done. Need another look at the pattern? Don’t move he will get it. He is a patient boy and will watch you work until you finish. When you finally hold up the finished project and tell him it’s for him he gets so excited! 

Loki: No. Don’t even bother trying to knit with him around. You will get nothing done. Whines about being bored. Will do anything to distract you so you will just give up and play with him. Pretends to be a kitten and ruins your yarn ball. Will go through your basket and absolutely ruin every skein until it’s a tangled mess. Honestly, you’re better off locking the door because he will do everything in his power to turn your attention back to him. The last straw was when you came back to your room once and found a whole skein unraveled and pinned to the wall in different places like a spider wed encompassing your entire room. He’s not allowed near your knitting things anymore. 

Hades: Probably the only person who learns (properly) and will do it with you. Actually, finds it fun and likes being able to share a hobby with you. You both can talk and have fun together while knitting and will make things for each other (and the other gods). When he made you and him matching scarves and hats, you almost died. He blushed so hard at your compliments and when you said how much you love them. He’s just too sweet!

Baldr: Poor baby, tries. He TRIES! He wants you to teach him and you do, but he doesn’t really have what it takes as you can leave him alone for 5 minutes and look back and find the yarn actually tying his wrists together like handcuffs. Don’t even bother asking how it happens. He doesn’t know. He was knitting and then, BAM, he’s tied up. While you find it sweet that he tries, at the end of the day with the time you spend untangling him and unraveling his simple scarf so he can fix his mistakes, you can barely get anything done for yourself. He’s a sweetie but really he is the opposite of helpful when you’re trying to finish a piece. 

Takeru: He. Doesn’t. Understand. He tried to get into it for your sake (and slightly to impress you) but this is so much harder than any physical workout he has ever done. He doesn’t like to lose and refuses to give up, but he also doesn’t like to distract you from what you’re doing so when you offer your help he will thank you but refuse. He will figure it out on his own if it kills him. When you finish your intricate design, you are scared to even ask what he’s got in fear of hurting his feelings and he’s super embarrassed to hand you a well-meant, albeit poorly constructed, pot holder with a heart in the middle. When you start crying he doesn’t know what to do but you throw your arms around him and tell him you love it because he worked so hard to make it for you. “Maybe,” he thinks to himself with your arms around him, “this isn’t THAT bad.”