T E E N A G E  G I R L S  +  M Y T H O L O G Y: Skaði

She’s the one who goes skiing every holiday, her teeth as white as the snow over which she glides. There is something cold and lonely to this girl of winter, the way she dismisses that which does not please her with a glacial stare. Her pale skin is swaddled in thick jumpers, always shivering as if chilly. Or scared. The mountains call her, their presence ominous and ever-looming on the horizon. They watch with unseen eyes, beckoning her frosty touch.

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mythology meme  ─  [1/7] norse gods/goddesses

Skaði  (or Skadi) is a goddess associated with bowhunting, skiing, winter, and mountains. Skaði is attested in the Poetic Edda, the Prose Edda, Heimskringla, and in the works of skalds. In all sources, Skaði is the daughter of the deceased Þjazi, and Skaði married the god Njörðr as part of the compensation provided by the gods for killing her father. Skaði is said to as have split up with Njörðr and later had married the god Odin, and the two produced many children together. The etymology of the name Skaði is uncertain, but may be connected with the original form of Scandinavia. 

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Artistic representations of tales from Norse Mythology and representations of Viking times.

The death of Ymir from Völuspá
Thor ends the wedding from Þrymskviða
Thor crosses the Vimur river
Sleeping in the Jotunn’s glove from Gylfaginning
The mead of Suttung (Part 1)
The mead of Suttung (Part 2)
Skjaldborg Althing
Skjaldborg Vikings
The sons of Ivaldi create Sif’s golden hair
Broker and Eitri create Gullinbursti

All artwork by Helena Rosova

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The Valkyries (“Choosers of the Slain”) are beautiful young women, mounted upon winged horses and armed with helmets and spears. Odin needs many brave warriors for the oncoming battle of Ragnarok, and the Valkyries scout the battlefields to choose the bravest of those who have been slain. They escort these heroes, called the Einherjar to Valhalla, Odin’s hall.

The Valkyries are also Odin’s messengers and when they ride forth on their errands, their armor causes the strange flickering light that is called “Aurora Borealis” (Northern Lights).

THE SIGNS AS NORSE MYTHOLOGY FIGURES
  • Aries:Thor, God of thunder and the sky, kinda stupid quick to anger
  • Taurus:Loki, God of Tricks and mischief, is Jotun, tricky and sly
  • Gemini:Hel the one who sees over the dead, One side is a hag and the other is a beautiful lady, quirky and contrasting (child of loki)
  • Cancer:Frey, God of summer and sunshine, emotional and sometimes distant
  • Leo:Freya, Goddess of love and sex, flamboyant and fiery
  • Virgo:Frigg, Wife of Odin and the only goddess that can compare to her in a matter of nobility is Freya. Noble and pure nature
  • Libra:Jörmungandr, The world serpent who wraps itself around the world. Fights with Thor sometimes. Reserved but powerful (child of loki)
  • Scorpio:Fenir The Fenris Wolf. The one who will escape his bonds and eat Odin when Ragnarok comes. Cannot be contained and has immense power (child of loki)
  • Sagittarius:Slepnir, Odins eight legged horse. Resilient and prideful. (child of loki)
  • Capricorn:Odin the all father. Chieftain of the gods. Strong independent and stubborn.
  • Aquarius:Ægir the sea God/Jotun. Ruler of the sea with his wife Ran he watches over the warriors who die at sea. Unpredictable and tricky
  • Pisces:Sif, Goddess of earth, fertility and harvest and is the wife of Thor. Day dreamy and kind.

Ægir

God of the oceans and all sea life, he is described as a sea giant yet predating even the Jötunn.

Husband to Rán, with whom he has fathered nine daughters (all named after waves), he is documented in Lokasenna as hosting a party for all the gods where he brews ale in a giant cauldron (which is delivered by Thor and Tyr after they take it from the Jötunn, Hymir).

Viking era Norsemen would ask Ægir to keep them safe on sea journeys and fishermen would ask his blessings for a bountiful haul when out on the ocean.

- hedendom

Artwork by netheriel

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NJORD (norse): one of the principal gods of the Vanir tribe of deities. He’s also an honorary member of the Aesir gods, having been sent to them during the Aesir-Vanir War along with his son, Freyr, and his daughter, Freya. Freyr and Freya’s mother is Njord’s unnamed sister, who, based on linguistic evidence, is probably Nerthus. Njord was particularly associated with wealth, fertility, the sea, and seafaring in historical Germanic religion.