Some really great suggestions for the making the world a better place that we should all follow!

Pandemic Love: Striving To Spread Unconditional Love

1. Greet a stranger you are passing by or flash them a big smile.  See what happens.

2. Leave a note on a mirror in the bathroom of a public place that says “You are beautiful.”

3. Hold the door for someone.

4. Wave to a little child or say hi.

5.  Say “thank you” to the waiter or waitress at the restaurant you are at or leave a generous tip.

6.  Post something nice about a friend of yours on your Facebook status and tag them.

7.  Compliment someone on their clothes.

8.  Let someone go in front of you in line.

9.  Talk to the quiet kid in class.

10. Pick up litter when you see it.

11. Re-blog this post!

That’s all for today.

Sincerely,

C.F. The Talking Walrus

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What Am I?

Say it with me everyone, “I’m a writer!”

That’s a bold statement. How many of us actually know who or what we are? Probably not many, but knowing who your gives you power.

What are the perks of self-knowledge you ask?

  1. No one can convince you that you are not who you are. You will gain power over yourself and others will lose their power over you. One of the things people do to others that makes me the angriest is telling others, especially kids, that who they are is too difficult to achieve, or they won’t make a good living on it. It kills kids’ dreams all the time. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked what I’m going to do with a philosophy degree because people think there’s no way I’ll get a job with it, or how many derisive looks I’ve gotten from people who I’ve told I write stories. Don’t let these people get to you. I know it’s hard. I struggle with it all the time. We can beat them, but the only way to do it is to know and accept who you are.
  2. You will gain power over others. No I don’t mean mind control or Jedi mind tricks, as cool as that would be. I mean people are attracted to those who know who they are. They see how successful that person is and they want to know their secret. They want to know themselves too. It’s human instinct to want to know who you are.
  3. There’s great dental and a free toothbrush. Just kidding.

Knowing who are, and I mean really knowing it, is an extremely difficult task to accomplish. The most difficult part is not convincing the world. The most difficult part is to convince you. Just saying, “I am writer,” while it can’t hurt, isn’t usually enough on its own.

You have to believe it. Let it infuse your being with strength. It’s worth the struggle. It’s scary, but it’s worth it. That’s why I’m embarking on the journey of writing. I can feel that it’s what I want to do. I can’t stop creating. I am a writer.

But what is a writer? Why would anyone want to be a writer? It’s really difficult!

Like I said, writing is a journey. Real writing isn’t really a job, though you can make money from it. Real writing is a way of life. Writers are called to their craft, not the other way around. They can’t help it. Stories just never stop running through their mind, spontaneously birthing themselves and creating more and more characters, plots and settings.

Writing is creation. Pure and simple. Writing is indiscriminant. The writer simply puts words down on the page. Editing comes later. The exact story in the end, comes from revision and editing multiple drafts. While important, they are not writing.

Writing is the power of the writer’s will as he or she works through the very first draft of their novel. Writing is the elation that a person feels when they are on a roll and words are flying from their mind down to their tireless fingers and finally appearing on the screen. Writing is allowing your characters to take control and take command of the story, guiding your hand, telling you what words to type to fit the story, allowing you to take a back seat and watch them go.

As a writer, you hold the power of creation within you. You have the power of the universe itself.

That’s a hefty responsibility, but we, you and I, must use that ability to benefit society. We are the Shakespeares, the Homers, the Rowlings and the Twains. We are the educators of the youth and entertainers of the adult. We are necessary for society to function.

“It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.”- Isaac Asimov

I don’t care what people say, I love to tell stories and I love writing. Sure it’s frustrating sometimes and procrastination sets in, but that’s part of the struggle. In the end, I know what I am.

I am a writer.

Are you?

This post is my entry for Jeff Goins’ contest celebrating the release of his new eBook You Are a Writer at http://youareawriter.com. I owe Jeff so much because he inspired me to write much more and write better than I had before when I read his Writer’s Manifesto (which you can get by subscribing to his blog). It was so simple, but powerful and it sent a message to me. I was going about writing in the wrong way. I was calling myself an aspiring writer/author rather than just calling myself a writer. I was trying to please my readers by writing specifically what I thought they would enjoy reading. Finally, I wanted to get noticed. None of these were the best ways to write, nor was I in the write mindset to write. I thought it was a total uphill battle. I know better now thanks to Jeff.

He taught me that it’s better to write for myself, and not to worry about other readers, and that I might be surprised at the results. I am trying to write for myself now, and of course I am calling myself a writer now because that is what I am and always have been.

Perhaps the greatest lesson I have learned is that perfection is not a goal, it is an obstacle. Desiring perfection on the first or second try will only lead to failure. Words will never reach the page. The document will remain white forevermore.

The task of the writer is to get words on the page. It doesn’t matter if they make sense, just write. Your work can always be edited later. Just sit down, tell the perfectionist and his buddy fear to leave you alone, and create. If you and I can do that, then magic will happen.

So thanks for everything you taught me, Jeff.

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Norse Myth Part 4: The Aesir-Vanir War

Hey, everyone.

Captioned as "Asen gegen die Wanen"....

Captioned as "Asen gegen die Wanen". The Æsir fight against the Vanir during the Æsir-Vanir War. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

War has been a part of society for ages, and according to Norse myth, there was a great war fought at the beginning of time, the first war, a war of the gods known as the Aesir-Vanir War. During this war, the two clans of gods, the Aesir and the Vanir, met on the field of battle, their armies clashing violently.

The war began after, and probably as a result of, a woman named Gullveig (“gold-drink”) came to Odin’s Hall. The Aesir attacked the woman, but they found that their spears, no matter how many pierced her, could not kill her. They then bound her and burned her alive three times, but she was reborn each time. With her third rebirth, the woman was born a seeress skilled in prophecy and seid (an ancient type of divination and magic in general almost exclusively practiced by women, because it was considered unmanly and sexually perverse for a man to practice it, and it is this that often connects seid with sex). They called the woman Heid (“shiny”) and she used seid on the Aesir.

When they received word of the Aesir’s actions, the Vanir were outraged. They took up arms and marched to meet the Aesir in battle and Odin led the Aesir likewise. When the two armies met, Odin threw his spear into the ranks of the Vanir. The fighting was vicious and bloody. The Aesir were powerful warrior gods, but the Vanir were well prepared and had nearly impenetrable defenses and were indomitable as they trampled the field. During the fighting, the wall defending the Aesir’s stronghold in Asgard was broken.

After a long and bloody war, a truce was made between the clans. A thing was convened to pass judgment on the Aesir. It was deemed that the Aesir should pay a fine. They all spat into a kettle to seal the truce, from which the man Kvasir, who was so wise he could answer any question, was born.

The two sides exchanged hostages to be integrated into the other clan to ensure that the two clans would not fight again. Vanir gave Njörd, Frey and Freyja, three of the major leaders in the clan, to the Aesir. They were fully integrated into the Aesir clan.

The Aesir gave Hoenir, who they claimed was a great leader, and Mímir, who was just as wise as Kvasir, to the Vanir. Excited to have been given a great leader, the Vanir immediately made Hoenir their chief leader. However, the Vanir soon suspected they had been tricked because Hoenir could not lead unless he had the advice of Mímir in every meeting and decision. In meetings where Mímir was not present, Hoenir answered all questions by saying they should let someone else decide. The enraged Vanir decapitated Mímir and sent his severed head to Odin. Odin took the gift and preserved it, asking Mímir many questions and received his advice on many subjects. Odin was prophesied to seek Mímir’s advice in the days directly preceding Ragnarok.

As a note: The woman Gullveig/Heid may be the same woman as Freyja, a member of the Vanir clan of gods. This makes sense because in other sources it is she who brought seid to the Aesir and taught it to Odin himself. It also makes sense given the Vanir’s reaction to the Aesir’s actions toward her.

Real world significance: What really happened that caused this event to occur in Norse myth? Well scholars have speculated that there was a real war fought between people who worshiped the Vanir more and another the Aesir more. Perhaps one people was already there in Northern Europe and the other group came into the area, perhaps an Indo-European group migrating in from the east, and the two fought for dominance? Then the two groups came to a truce and eventually melded their groups of gods together and both began to worship and honor both the Vanir and the Aesir.

Partial tree of Indo-European languages. Branc...

Partial tree of Indo-European languages. Branches are in order of first attestation; those to the left are Centum, those to the right are Satem. Languages in red are extinct. White labels indicate categories / un-attested proto-languages. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is speculation, but Old Norse, the language of the people who practiced the rituals and created the Norse myths (you’d never guess right?), was a

Germanic language, a subdivision of Indo-European languages, so it is not that far a stretch to make. Interesting tangent, Ancient Greek was also an Indo-European language. Both Ancient Greek and the Germanic languages like Old Norse share a common linguistic root. They both evolved from the Proto-Indo-European language thousands of years ago. Since language links often are accompanied by cultural links, there might be, even should be, links between Norse and Greek culture, specifically their myths and religious practices. I find that fascinating and would love to explore that in greater detail at some point.

I have added in a photo (above on the right) detailing the language family tree starting from the first Indo-European language to Ancient Greek to Old Norse even all the way down to Modern English. Sorry about the size of the picture. If you want, you can open the picture by clicking on this link to a much nicer blown up version that you can actually read: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4f/IndoEuropeanTree.svg. It’s really interesting. If you’re interested in the subject and have questions, ask them in the comments and I will try my best to answer them.

By the way, I have minors in history and religious studies, so this kind of connect-the-dots with cultures through their languages and religion is like having my birthday coming early to me. I love it. Yes, I’m a nerd and yes I know it is true. I’m proud of it too!

Next week I will tell you the myth about what happened to Kvasir after the truce was struck. It wasn’t pretty, but people got drunk. That’s all I will say for now.

That describes about 95% of the known Norse myths though, come to think of it.

Have a great day everyone and until next time, DFTBA!

Matt

1. Norse Myth Part 1: The Cosmology: https://dmmaster42.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/norse-myth-part-1-norse-cosmology/

2. Norse Myth Part 2: The Creation Myth: https://dmmaster42.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/norse-myth-part-2-the-creation-myth/

3. Norse Myth Part 3: The Gods: https://dmmaster42.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/norse-myth-part-3-the-gods/

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Norse Myth Part 3: The Gods

Hey, everyone. Sorry about the post being late again! I got really sick this passed weekend and I’m only just getting better. The good news is that you get two posts on Norse this week: a double Norse gods feature! Norse myth has contemporary two clans of gods, the Aesir and the Vanir.

The Aesir lived in Asgard and were associated with warriors, war, and order. The Vanir lived in Vanaheimr and were associated with fertility, sex, nature and magic. Very little about the Vanir survives today other than the names of the three major Vanir gods, and argueably they only survived the test of time because they were incorporated into the Aesir after a war between the clans.

Here is a quick rundown of the Norse gods:

Odin: The All-Father, Father and King of the Aesir, Odin was associated with war, battle, victory, death, magic, prophecy, wisdom, knowledge, travel, poetry, and the hunt (just to name a few). Odin received half of the souls of warriors who died in battle in his hall in Asgard. Odin had four sons for sure Thor, Baldur, Hod, and Vali, but he may have also fathered Heimdall, Vidar and other gods. Odin had children with several women, some gods and some giantesses. Odin also was fond of taking the form of an old man in gray and travel the realm of mortals.

Frigg: Wife of Odin, Queen of the Aesir, and mother of Baldur (and possibly Hod). She specialized in marriage, motherhood, marriage, and prophecy. Frigga was the most powerful female goddess. Such was her magical power that she could see the future, which plays a major role in the myth of the death of her son Baldur who she tried to save.

Thor: Probably the best known Norse god today other than Odin, Thor is the most powerful of the sons of Odin. His mother was the giantess Jörd (Earth). Thor was married to Sif, and had three children by her, two sons named Modí and Magni, and a daughter named Thrúd (Strength). He was associated with weather, thunderstorms, rain, protection, strength and killing giants. He was really fond of that. In fact, nearly all of the myths about Thor feature him killing at least one giant. Thor’s other favorite activities included: threatening to kill Loki, trying to kill Loki, drinking, throwing weapons at Baldur, more drinking, eating, more drinking, and sleeping. Thor was particularly fond of humans and was their protector, and accordingly was the favorite of the gods for most Norsemen. Interestingly, many consider Thor to be a war god, but in fact he was not considered to be a war god by the Norse as much as Odin, Tyr and Freyja.

Baldur(er): Son of Odin and Frigga. The husband of Nanna and father of Forseti. Baldur was the god of light, innocence, beauty, and purity. His death was prophesied to be one of the signs of Ragnarok’s coming. I will be devoting an entire post to tell his story, so I’m going to leave Baldur there for now.

Hodr: Hodr (Anglicized: Hod) blind god, but exceedingly strong; and the gods would wish that this asa never needed to be named, for the work of his hand will long be kept in memory both by gods and men. Hod was tricked by Loki into killing his brother Baldur. 

Tyr: God of victorious battle, bravery, and honor. Tyr lost one of his hands to Fenris, Loki’s wolf son.

Njörd: God of the Sea. Njörd was originally an important Vanir god, but was traded to the Aesir clan following the Aesir-Vanir War along with his children, Freyja and Freyr.

Freyja (Lady): Goddess of magic, divination, war, lust, sexual love, and death. Wife of Od, for whom she cries tears of red gold when he goes on long journeys. Originally a Vanir god, but traded and incorporated in the Aesir clan. She brought seid to the Aesir. Freyja is a complicated and mysterious figure and I will be devoting an entire post to her.

Freyr (Lord): God of fertility and fair weather. He was portrayed as a very phallic fertility god. When he was traded to the Aesir from the Vanir, the Aesir recognized his worth and awarded to him Alfheim, land of the elves, as his realm to rule.

Heimdall: Guardian of Asgard and the Bilröst Bridge from the giants. He is called the White-god, and is large and holy. Myth says that he was born from nine women, all sisters. His teeth were made of gold. His mighty horn will be the final sign of Ragnarok’s coming and it will be a call to arms for the gods to gather and ride off to their final battle with the giants and their doom.

Bragi: God of poetry. May have been the same as a mortal poet of the same name.

Vidar: The silent god. He has a very thick shoe, and he is the strongest next after Thor. From him the gods have much help in all hard tasks.

Vali: Avenger of Baldur. Odin’s son by Rind, Vali grew to manhood in  single day to slay Hodr for his crime of killing Baldur.

Ullr: The god of archery and hunting. Ullr was the son of Sif and stepson of Thor.

Forseti: God of Judgment. Forseti was the son of Balder and Nanna, Nep’s daughter. He has in Asgard the hall, Glitner. All who come to him with disputes go away perfectly reconciled. No better tribunal is to be found among gods and men.

Sif: Wife of Thor who has beautiful and magical golden hair made by the dwarfs for her.

Fulla: A maid of Frigga, she wears her hair flowing and has a golden ribbon about her head; she carries Frigg’s chest, takes care of her shoes and knows her secrets. In fact she is said to know the future because of her close contact with Frigga.

Idunn: Goddess of youth. Idunn holds a most important job among the gods: keeper of the tree that bears the golden apples which the gods eat to keep their immortality and youthful appearance.

Eir: Maid of Frigga and the goddess of healing.

There are a few other minor gods and goddesses, but I won’t go into them right now.

There is one more figure that I should mention, and he is perhaps one of the most complicated figures to me in Norse myth, Loki. I won’t say much about him now because I will discuss him in as full detail as I can in my post next week, but I will say that he is a god and yet is not a god, and he is a deeply misunderstood figure, I think, considering he is described as the backbiter of the Aesir, the originator of deceit, and the disgrace of all gods and men.

My second post this weekend, which is about the Aesir-Vanir War, will be up tomorrow afternoon.

Until next time, have a great day everyone and DFTBA!

Matt

In case you missed my previous posts on Norse myth, here are the links to those posts:

1. Norse Myth Part 1: The Cosmology: https://dmmaster42.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/norse-myth-part-1-norse-cosmology/

2. Norse Myth Part 2: The Creation Myth: https://dmmaster42.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/norse-myth-part-2-the-creation-myth/

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Trayvon Martin: What’s Most Important Here

Hey guys,

I just wanted to share some thoughts with you about the semi-recent Trayvon Martin murder case since it is such a raw and powerful issue. I don’t claim to know everything about the case, because I don’t, but I felt like I had to say something.

First of all, rest in peace, Trayvon.

I really hope with all my heart that you can find peace, though with all the political arguments about your death that have been raging like wasp’s nest, it would be a miracle if you have found peace. I’m going to try to help you there, Trayvon.

I think it’s really easy to gets caught up in the politics and racial allegations of this case, but it’s really important to remember that no matter how the case ends up and what turns the politics of the case takes for better or worse, that this isn’t a political issue at its core. Maybe there was a racial reason why Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin, and maybe there wasn’t. Maybe the police of Sandra, Florida did not do their duty or their job properly in their handling of this crime, maybe they did. We will probably never know for certain, and even if we could be certain, it would take a long drawn out judicial and political inquiry. I’m not saying that it should not be done, because I think the law enforcement should investigate this case to the best of their ability, but at the end of the day where does that leave us? Where does this huge political firestorm leave us? Yes it’s important to raise awareness that this kind of case happens all too often, and yes it’s important for there to be a trial, but at the end of the day that’s not what really matters.

What does matter is that this was and is a tragic crime. No matter if you think Zimmerman is a cold blooded racist killer who hunted down Trayvon and shot him, or if you think Zimmerman was fighting for his life and shot his gun in self defense, the fact of the matter is that most of us are not involved in this case, the crime nor the situation that has arisen as a result of it. The vast majority of us, the people who have risen up and made this whole situation such a political firestorm, probably had never even heard of Sandra, Florida up until a few weeks ago. The vast majority of us never knew Trayvon, or Zimmerman or ever would have known them. The vast majority of us probably would never have known that Trayvon had had been shot and killed had word of the case not gotten to the national news media stations. Maybe some of you reading this post have no idea what I’m talking about because you still have heard nothing about Trayvon’s death. It’s quite possible.

I want to take a moment to think about that. Had it not been for a stroke of luck that Reuters published a news story about the case written by Ryan Julison and that CBS noticed it and brought it to the national stage, I would never have known Trayvon Martin had existed, much less that he had been killed. Would you have known that Trayvon Martin existed? I doubt it.

It’s a chilling thought for me. I would never have known this boy existed. The fact that he is dead would not have disturbed me in the slightest. I would have gone about my daily life blissfully unaware that a young boy’s life had been snuffed out. I would have continued writing my novel, waste time on facebook and whatever else I do with my day.

I’m not saying we should all strive to know everyone on the planet and know when everyone dies. That’s impossible, not to mention depressing. It is crucial I think, however, to remember our place in this whole situation, and to remember that some people cannot simply walk away from this and forget that it happened as many will with Trayvon’s death. Remember to show compassion for those who most deserve it, like Trayvon’s family does. Like I said, awareness is important, but most of us are not involved in this situation. Many are simply furthering the deterioration of American political discourse without any real benefit, and don’t think I’m pointing the finger of blame at any one group or political party in particular. Both Democrats and Republicans are guilty of this.

There are only two group of people that are involved in this situation: Trayvon’s family and Zimmerman. No one else is directly involved in this case. They are the ones at the center of the storm.

Who benefits from this case becoming so charged with political lines and rhetoric? Trayvon certainly doesn’t. He’s not around anymore to be in the fight. As his parents have said, they have killed Trayvon and now they are disrepecting and defaming him publically in death. They are trying to kill him again in death. Neither does Trayvon’s family because this has been such a long, taxing process to try to get justice for their son and mean words on either side only make the situation that much harder for them in the aftermath of such tragedy. Zimmerman doesn’t either because he’s being politically and publically tried on a national stage and by the rhetoric in the media. He’s been protected by some and crucified by others. That’s not to say what he did to say was in any way excusable, killing is never alright in my opinion, but that does not mean he deserves less than a fair trial.

As I said before, some may have forgotten that in all of the media’s coverage of the case with fiery words from both sides, that there are people who are caught in this situation and will never escape from it.

You and I, our lives will go on. We will move passed this case. It will be a sad moment in our life, but one that will inevitably pass from our minds because it does not directly affect us. Trayvon’s parents do not have that luxury. They cannot walk away from this. This event will be with them the rest of their lives. His parents will never forget that Trayvon, their 17 year old son, is dead. His family has been robbed of their son. They will never hold their son again. They will never see him grow to manhood.

Imagine if that happened to your son or daughter if have any, or your possible future children. What would you do?

Now imagine your child’s death became an issue of national political warfare with words being flung from both sides at the other, trying to demonize either Trayvon as a thug and a druggie or Zimmerman as a racist killer. What would you do if that happened?

It would overwhelm anyone. I know I would break down. I don’t think I could do it. As much as I would want justice for my child, being in the center of this kind of fight, where Presidential candidates are making nasty comments about the President of the United States of America made about my child and offering his/her condolences to me on national television, that would be more than I could handle, I think. You never know what you’re capable of taking until you’re faced with the situation though, and I hope and pray to whatever Powers that Be there are up there that I never do find out if I could take it.

Trayvon’s family has dealt with this situation publically with more strength and courage than I could have ever imagined was possible. My deepest condolences go out to them for the loss of their son and I hope for a quick ending to this whole process so they can move on as much as they can. Time will help. It won’t fix everything. The hurt will never go away completely, I know because I have lost family members and a friend, but the pain will lessen with time. I promise.

Until this case is no longer in the light of the public eye and the storm of political argument around their son’s death, they will never get the chance to heal at all, since the wound will always be fresh, open, and bleeding.

King Theodon of Rohan in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers said it perfectly. No parent should have to bury their child.

Similar to my reaction to the thought of being in Trayvon's parent's situation. Only with blonde hair and as a king.

All of this rhetoric being flown is an insult to Trayvon. It tarnishes the image of his life and the memory of him that those who truly knew him have of his life.

Can’t we just stop the bickering for once? For Trayvon’s sake, stop the fighting. This shouldn’t be a partisan political issue at all. A 17 year old being killed should not be an issue for anyone to fight over. It is a tragedy, and let’s leave it at that. Nothing more needs to be said.

Once again, my deepest condolences to Trayvon’s family and rest in peace Trayvon. Words cannot express how sad this whole situation makes me, especially that this crime has become such a toxic political debate. Your friends and family will remember you fondly forever. This will be how they remember you:

Trayvon and his dad.

And is that so much to ask for, really? For Trayvon’s family friends to be able to remember the boy the way they want to remember him. I don’t think it’s too much to ask.

 

 

I’m sorry this post was such a downer. I’ll try to end on a happier note. Here bask in the glory that is Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All (also known by the alias Alfie):

We are all his peasants, unless we’re Mum, Not Mum, or Also Not Mum (aka The Doctor).

My next post will likely be my next post on Norse myth coming this weekend. I still need to pick a topic. I’ll get on that.

Until next time, DFTBA!

Matt

 

For more information about Trayvon’s murder read this: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/03/trayvon-before-the-media_n_1400485.html

Images taken from:

1. http://corecanvas_local.s3.amazonaws.com/theonering-0188db0e/media/original/grievingtheoden020816.jpg

2. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=104961422971209&set=a.104236213043730.5353.100003720545714&type=1&ref=nf

3. http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Alfie_Owens

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Norse Myth Part 2: The Creation Myth

In the beginning, before the birth of the gods and giants, dwarfs and elves, humans and Valkyrie, there existed Ginnungagap, the Great Void Chasm. On either side of Ginnungagap, ice from Nilfheim and fire from Muspelheim could not exist together, being utter opposites. However, the eternal heat of Muspelheim warmed the air with the Chasm and the air came into contact with the ice of Niflheim. As the ice began to melt, life came into being.

From the combination of fire and ice, Ymir, the father of the frost giants, and the cow, Auðumbla (Audhumbla), were born. Ymir fed from Auðumbla’s milk while the cow licked at the salty ice for nourishment. As Auðumbla licked, she uncovered a man in the ice, and three days later Búri, grandfather of Odin and the Aesir gods, was born from the ice. At the same time, Ymir birthed a man and a woman from the sweat of his left armpit and a son for them from his right leg. From Ymir’s children all of the frost giants were born. Also, the dwarfs were born from Ymir, but the exact method depends on the source of the story whether it is The Poetic Edda or The Prose Edda. In the former, the dwarfs were born from Ymir’s blood and bones, and in the latter, the dwarfs began as maggots festering in Ymir’s flesh before the Aesir later gave them reason as a gift.

Búri begot Bor (the first example of normal procreation and birth in Norse myth), and Bor married the frost giant Bestla, daughter of Bölþorn (Bolthorn). Bor and Bestla bore three sons: Odin, Vili and Vé.

Together Odin, Vili and Vé murdered Ymir and created and shaped Midgard, the mortal world, from his body. They fashioned the earth from his flesh, the mountains from his bones, and the rocks and gravel from his teeth and molars and all of Ymir’s broken bones. Ymir’s blood flowed in such vast amounts that all of the frost giants drowned except Bergelmir and his unnamed wife who managed to escape the flood of blood on a lúðr, which was some sort of floating object, possibly a ship, I do not know. His blood formed the lakes, seas and oceans of Midgard. Finally, the three brothers took Ymir’s skull and made the heavens, putting four dwarfs called Norðri (North), Suðri (South), Austri (East) and Vestri (West) in the four corners of the heavens to hold it up.

None of the sources I have access to describe the creation of the álfar (elves). It is possible that the creation stories of the elves simply did not survive the test of time.

However, we do have stories about the creation of humans. There are two versions of the myth. In the first story, Odin, Hönir, and Lothur created Ask and Embla, the man and woman who were the first humans. Odin gave them life, Hönir gave them spirit and movement, and Lothur gave them good appear, speech, and the senses. In the second version, it was Odin, Vili and Vé who created the first humans.

That’s the creation myth in Norse religion. I hope you enjoyed the story.

I have not decided yet what I am going to write next week’s post about, any ideas? Otherwise it will be a surprise.

Until next time, have a wonderful day!

Matt

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