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Thoughts on how the ‘spirit of Christmas’ may originate from Viking and Norse tradition with remarks about Christianity, Norse Kings, Thor, and the influence of climate and migration

It seems, to me, that the ‘spirit of Christmas’ has an origin in Norse and Viking customs and attitudes that took place during the winter. By ‘spirit of Christmas’ I mean a generalized hopefulness and optimism which appeared during the winter season.  … Continue reading

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A speculation on the origin of the sword in the stone legend

The story of King Arthur and the sword in the stone has always mystified me.  It describes how there was a sword in a stone that only King Arthur could remove.  No one else could do.  Because he was the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the historical progression of the image of Odin . . . the creation of a “conglomeration god”

Here is a thought I had about Odin (as with everything involving prehistoric religion it is primarily speculation): To me, it seems that Odin is a god whose image has progressed through history.  As a result of this, he has developed … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Skaldic poetry and the Norse god Odin

Here are some thoughts I had about Skaldic poetry: THE SKALDS AND SKALDIC POETRY Skaldic poetry was a form of poetry used by the Old Norse or Viking poets, called Skalds, during and after the Viking era.  They were particularly prevalent … Continue reading

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Questioning the meaning of Norse “runes”

The Roke Runestone, with runic inscriptions, in Sweden (wikipedia.org) The runes figure prominently in the Norse and Viking world.  They are the written alphabet of the Norse.  The runic alphabet is often called the ‘futhark’, the sound of the first six letters.   With … Continue reading

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Thoughts on how the Norse god Odin’s association with sacrifice, and historical circumstance, turned him into a ‘war god’ and a ‘god of the dead’

(Odin from an eighteenth century Icelandic manuscript) I often hear the Norse god Odin described as a ‘war god’, as if all he was about was victory, killing, and such.  I’ve also heard him spoken of as a ‘god of the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on how Odin may be a representative of existence

I’ve often had this weird notion that Odin may be a representative of existence.  By this, I mean that he is sort of a deification of the awareness of existence.  He is the awareness of existence turned into a god.  Why I … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the problems of interpreting Norse mythology

The mythology of the Norse, or Vikings, have been greatly misunderstood.  In part, it is because so little has survived.  Not only that, much of it is not put into any perspective of the culture and the peoples lives.  We … Continue reading

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Interesting facts about the Norse god Odin

It is said that Odin is the “highest and most ancient of the Aesir”.  It is also said that Odin “rules all things, and mighty though the other gods are, yet they submit to him like children to their father.” … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on the possible origin and development of the Norse god Odin

  The Norse god Odin has always seemed to be something of an enigma to me.  He seems to have all these qualities about him that make him unique.  Some of these qualities include: –  He has a body of … Continue reading

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