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Places in Norse Myth- [2//?] Fensalir

Fensalir is the hall of the goddess Frigg, chief among the Ásynjur. The name means “fen halls” or “swamp halls” in Old Norse. Fensalir is attested in the Poetic Edda, in Völuspá (quoted above) and the Prose Edda, in Gylfaginning, wherein Snorri describes the hall as “splendid.” Whether this was a true facet of Fensalir or whether Snorri knew nothing other than the name and needed an empty embellishment, we cannot know. Several 19th century scholars believe Fensalir’s etymology denotes not a swampy area but rather a wet, sea-side atmosphere, making Frigg a water goddess. Some others believe that Frigg and Sága are the same goddess, and their names and the names of their halls are simply interchangeable forms, for use of alliteration in lines of Eddic poetry.

Books Consumed in 2016

Books Read:

1. Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy

2. Welcome to Subirdia by John Marzluff

3. Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon

4. The Martian by Andy Weir

5. Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs by Emma Cooper

6.The Garden of Invention by Jane S. Smith

7. The Living Landscape by Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy

8. Lentil Underground by Liz Carlisle

9. Nature All Around Us: A Guide to Urban Ecology by various authors

10. City Birding by various authors

11. Enduring Seeds by Gary Paul Nabham

12. Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer

13. Once They Were Hats by Frances Backhouse

14. Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener by Joseph Tychonievich

15. The New Wild by Fred Pearce

Graphic Novels Read:

1. Saga of the Swamp Thing, vol. 1 by Alan Moore

Audio Books Listened To:

1. Mycophilia by Eugenia Bone

2. Quiet by Susan Cain

3. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

4. The Reluctant Mr. Darwin by David Quammen