A+ A A-

Njord and the Story of Skadi

skadis_choice_01

Njord is of the race of Vanir and is the father of Freyr and Freyja. He is the god of the sea. He calms storms, aids ships in distress, and causes favorable winds to blow. As with the other Vanir, Njord is a fertility god, capable of providing good fortune in the form of safe sea voyages, wealth, and land.

When hostages were exchanged at the end of the war between the Æsir and the Vanir, Njord and his two children came to live in Ásgard with the Æsir. The mother of Freyr and Freyja was probably Nerthus, Njord's sister. Æsir disapproval of such practices prevented her from coming to Æsir with the rest of the family. Later, Njord married a second time. Snorri Sturluson tells the story in Skáldskaparmál.

When Tjazi, the giant who kidnapped Idun, did not return home after giving chase to Idun and her rescuer Loki, Tjazi's daughter Skadi began to worry for his safety. Soon, she realized that he must be dead. Swearing vengeance, she took up her father's arms and traveled to Ásgard.

Heimdall saw her approach and sounded a warning. Several of the gods went out to meet her. Having no wish to prolong the feud, the gods asked if she would accept wergild (gold as payment for her father's death).

Skadi said she would settle instead for a husband of her choice from amongst the gods. The gods agreed, provided that Skadi chose her husband by looking only at his feet.

skadis_choice_02Skadi agreed, and Ódin arranged for all the gods to gather. With Skadi's eyes shielded so that she could see only the gods' feet, she made her choice. She chose the most shapely feet, thinking they were Baldr's, the most handsome of the gods.

To her horror, the god that stood to meet his bride was not Baldr, but Njord. His skin was weathered from his long time at sea, and he smelled of salt.

The second part of the bargain was for the gods to make Skadi laugh, something she thought they would be unable to do. Ódin called for Loki to make the woman laugh. Loki began to tell a tale of taking a goat to market. He tied one end of a thong to a goat's beard and the other end to his own testicles. The ensuing tug of war caused Skadi to laugh in spite of herself.

Ódin decided to please Skadi further. He brought forth two liquid orbs, which Skadi recognized as her dead father's eyes. Ódin threw them up into the sky, where they became two stars.

Njord and Skadi decided to live for part of the year in Skadi's frozen hall in the mountains of Trymheim, and part of the year in Njord's hall on the sea at Nóatún. But Njord didn't like the cold and the howling of the wolves in Trymheim, while Skadi couldn't tolerate the motion of the sea and the noise of the harbor at Nóatún. They agreed to live apart.

skadis_choice_04

Source Here

CrystalWind.ca is free to access and use.
Please support us with a small gift of $11.11 or $22.22 or $33.33. 
Thank you! 
ॐ Namasté - Blessings!
"Life is an echo, what you send out comes back."

© 2008-2021 crystalwind.ca. All rights reserved.

  Please buy us a coffee!
 
 
Pin It

Featured This Month

Page:

Birth Totem - Wolf

Birth Totem - Wolf

Birth Totem Wolf Birth dates: February 19 - March 20 Birth Totem: Wolf Cl... Read more

Cartomancy - Fortune Telling Using Playing C…

Cartomancy - Fortune Telling Using Playing Cards

Cartomancy is the act of divining using cards. Divining means to find out by... Read more

Sun in Pisces

Sun in Pisces

Sun in Pisces February 22 through March 20 An Overview of Sun Sign Characte... Read more

Pisces Mythology

Pisces Mythology

The Mythology of Pisces By most accounts, the mythology of Pisces follows a... Read more

Big Winds Moon

Big Winds Moon

Cougar -  Turquoise -  Plantain -  Blue and Green February ... Read more

Spring Equinox - Ostara

Spring Equinox - Ostara

Celebrated on the Spring Equinox, around March 20-21 each year. Ostara is a... Read more

Fluorite

Fluorite

The Focus And Study Stone Fluorite helps to assimilate ideas and informatio... Read more

Spring/Ostara 10 Minute Guided Meditation Fo…

Spring/Ostara 10 Minute Guided Meditation For Growth, Grounding & Positive Thinking

Welcome to this 10 minute guided meditation to help welcome the Spring Equin... Read more

The Folklore and Mythology Surrounding Crick…

The Folklore and Mythology Surrounding Crickets

Crickets "A Loud Cricket means Money is Coming" When it comes to Chine... Read more

Aquamarine

Aquamarine

The Stone of Truth Aquamarine can provide a significant boost to the immune... Read more

The Ash Tree - February 18 - March 17

The Ash Tree - February 18 - March 17

Celtic Symbol : The Trident Or Sea - Horse Zodiac Degrees : 28º00` Aquarius... Read more

Ostara

Ostara

Easter gets its name from the Teutonic goddess of spring and the dawn, whose... Read more

Plantain

Plantain

Plantain Helps you feel grounded Gender: Feminine Planet: Venus Element: Ea... Read more

Crystal Gem: Grids and Gridding

Crystal Gem: Grids and Gridding

What are Crystal Gem Grids? They are tools for empowerment, for blessings, ... Read more

Spirit of White Tiger

Spirit of White Tiger

Spirit of White Tiger Role: Seeker of Personal Truth Lesson: Power of Conv... Read more

© 2008-2020 CrystalWind.ca. Site Creation by CreativeInceptions.com.
X

Right Click

No right click