Chapter #6 - Frigg

August 25, 2018

Chapter #6 - Frigg

Frigg is a Vanir Goddess from Vanaheim and wife to Odin and mother to Baldr, Höðr and Hermóðr. Such is her relationship with Odin that they sit together on Hliðskjálf the high seat or throne of Odin that allows them to “look into all worlds.”

There was a War between the Æsir and Vanir, which started when the Vanir Goddess Gullveig entered Asgard and the Æsir tried to kill her three times. The backlash resulted in the destruction of Asgard’s defense wall. Eventually there was a truce and during a peace conference the Æsir and the Vanir all spit into a vat, as a symbol of their peace.

Frigg stood up to Odin’s blood brother Loki when he accused all the Goddesses of promiscuity and unfaithfulness. Loki tricked the blind Höðr, Baldr’s brother, into killing Frigg’s son Baldr (who has been given invincibility) with an arrow covered in mistletoe. The mistletoe goes directly through Baldr, killing him. Hermóðr, Baldr’s brother, rides to Hel and secures an agreement for the return of Baldr.

To the Norse and Vikings, prayer was important. King Rerir and his wife were unable to conceive a child, but they fervently implored the gods, Frigg heard their prayers and told Odin what they asked.

The English weekday Friday (from Old English “Frīge’s day”) is named after this important Norse Goddess. Although many believe Freyja and Frigg are the same Goddess, they are mentioned as separate Goddesses in the poetic Edda.


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