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Myths The Myth Concerning The Earliest Period And The Emigrations From The North.

Scef The Author Of Culture Identical With Heimdal-rig The Original Patriarch

Loke Causes Enmity Between The Gods And The Original Artists

The Significance Of The Conflict From A Religious-ritual Standpoint

Gulveig-heidr Her Identity With Aurboda Angrboda Hyrrokin The Myth Concerning The Sword Guardian And Fjalar

Hadding's Journey To The East Reconciliation Between The Asas And Vans

The Sacred Runes Learned From Heimdal

Heimdal And The Sun-dis Dis-goddess

Halfdan's Character The Weapon-myth

The Teutonic Emigration Saga Found In Tacitus

The Position Of The Divine Clans To The Warriors

Halfdan's Conflicts Interpreted As Myths Of Nature

Review Of The Svipdag Myth And Its Points Of Connection With The Myth About Halfdan

Halfdan's Birth And The End Of The Age Of Peace The Family Names Ylfing Hilding Budlung

Halfdan And Hamal Foster-brothers The Amalians Fight In Behalf Of Halfdan's Son Hadding

Hadding's Defeat Loke In The Council And On The Battle-field

The War In Midgard Between Halfdan's Sons

Evidence That Halfdan Is Identical With Helge Hundingsbane

The Creation Of Man The Primeval Country Scef The Bringer Of Culture

Halfdan's Enmity With Orvandel And Svipdag

The World War Its Cause The Murder Of Gullveig-heidr

The Breach Of Peace Between Asas And Vans Frigg Skade And Ull In The Conflict

Halfdan's Identity With Mannus In Germania

Sorcery The Reverse Of The Sacred Runes Gullveig-heidr The Source Of Sorcery The Moral Deterioration Of The Original Man

Borgar-skjold's Son Halfdan The Third Patriarch

Sorcery The Reverse Of The Sacred Runes Gullveig-heidr The Source Of Sorcery The Moral Deterioration Of The Original Man


Source: Teutonic Mythology

But already in the beginning of time evil powers appear for the purpose
of opposing and ruining the good influences from the world of gods upon
mankind. Just as Heimdal, "the fast traveller," proceeds from house to
house, forming new ties in society and giving instruction in what is
good and useful, thus we soon find a messenger of evil wandering about
between the houses in Midgard, practising the black art and stimulating
the worst passions of the human soul. The messenger comes from the
powers of frost, the enemies of creation. It is a giantess, the daughter
of the giant Hrimnir (Hyndlulj., 32), known among the gods as Gulveig
and by other names (see Nos. 34, 35), but on her wanderings on earth
called Heidr. "Heid they called her (Gulveig) when she came to the
children of men, the crafty, prophesying vala, who practised sorcery
(vitti ganda), practised the evil art, caused by witchcraft
misfortunes, sickness, and death (leikin, see No. 67), and was always
sought by bad women." Thus Voeluspa describes her. The important position
Heid occupies in regard to the corruption of ancient man, and the
consequences of her appearance for the gods, for man, and for nature
(see below), have led Voeluspa's author, in spite of his general poverty
of words, to describe her with a certain fulness, pointing out among
other things that she was the cause of the first war in the world. That
the time of her appearance was during the life of Borgar and his son
shall be demonstrated below.

In connection with this moral corruption, and caused by the same powers
hostile to the world, there occur in this epoch such disturbances in
nature that the original home of man and culture--nay, all Midgard--is
threatened with destruction on account of long, terrible winters. A
series of connected myths tell of this. Ancient artists--forces at work
in the growth of nature--personifications of the same kind as Rigveda's
Ribhus, that had before worked in harmony with the gods, become, through
the influence of Loke, foes of Asgard, their work becoming as harmful as
it before was beneficent, and seek to destroy what Odin had created (see
Nos. 111 and 112). Idun, with her life-renewing apples, is carried by
Thjasse away from Asgard to the northernmost wilderness of the world,
and is there concealed. Freyja, the goddess of fertility, is robbed and
falls into the power of giants. Frey, the god of harvests, falls sick.
The giant king Snow and his kinsmen Thorri (Black Frost), Joekull
(the Glacier), &c., extend their sceptres over Scandia.

Already during Heimdal's reign, after his protege Borgar had grown up,
something happens which forebodes these terrible times, but still has a
happy issue.

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