On the eve of the solstice, during a drunken and raucous Holy Supper which will be detailed later tonight, I started giving myself this tattoo. It’s a Vegvísir, an old Icelandic rune meant to keep you from losing your way. Although I identify as a Germanic and Slavic reconstructionist, I take a huge amount of cues from Old Norse culture for what I assume are obvious reasons.

Don’t worry, the crooked lines were fixed the next morning when I wasn’t sloppy drunk.

Poetic Edda Project: Voluspo 10-13

10. There was Motsognir | the mightiest made
Of all the dwarfs, | and Durin next;
Many a likeness | of men they made,
The dwarfs in the earth, | as Durin said.

11. Nyi and Nithi, | Northri and Suthri,
Austri and Vestri, | Althjof, Dvalin,
Nar and Nain, | Niping, Dain,
Bifur, Bofur, | Bombur, Nori,
An and Onar, | Ai, Mjothvitnir.

12. Vigg and Gandalf) | Vindalf, Thrain,
Thekk and Thorin, | Thror, Vit and Lit,
Nyr and Nyrath,– | now have I told–
Regin and Rathsvith– | the list aright.

13. Fili, Kili, | Fundin, Nali,
Heptifili, | Hannar, Sviur,
Frar, Hornbori, | Fræg and Loni,
Aurvang, Jari, | Eikinskjaldi.

Some insight from someone more learned than myself

While on break I have been reading the Eddas and Raven Kaldera’s Jotunbook and making ‘family trees’ for the gods to see how they relate to one another. When you read Voluspo where do the Vanir come from. They are not traced to Ymir or Audumbla. At least not that I can gather. I don’t see the Alfar in there either just the dwarves unless they are all bunched together there. I was wondering if Odin’s brothers Vili and Ve, who basically disappear after man is made have anything to do with Vanir. Are the Vanir and Alfar tied together other than Freyr being king? Thanks for any imput.