Going to the land of the dead

Lēoht Steren, Þyle of Hvergelmir International

A lot of people have made the mistake of thinking that Valhalla (Valhöll – “Hall of the battle-slain” – in Old Norse) is a kind of “Heathen Heaven”, with Odin as a benevolent father-figure to those who come to his door. This is far from what we can discern from the extant lore and, to try and shift perceptions, we offer a short story of one who does not end up in the home of the Einherjar (nor, indeed, should we want them to!):

A young child, not more than seven winters of age, stumbles across Gjallarbrú, the bridge over the river Gjöll. Tears stain her cheeks, and fear marks her eyes. Móðguðr steps before her and, for a moment, the child recoils in terror from the dís. The battle-hardened one’s face softens and she crouches down to speak: “Hello, sweet child. Don’t be afraid, this is the entrance to Hel and you’ll not be harmed inside. Your family await you with love. Let me take you to them.” Móðguðr holds out a hand and the girl cautiously takes it.

The pair walk through the realm of the peaceful dead and, though it is warm as a summer’s morning, Móðguðr feels a chill as the child tells the story of a craven man. He drank too deeply, was miserly with gifts, and beat his wife and children. The marks of the last beating still showed raw on the young girl walking hand in hand with Móðguðr through Hel.

After a short time, the pair came to a meadhall, with many homes around it. The people who dwelled in this place saw the pair coming and paused in their chores to greet the girl with all the warmth of their hearts. Móðguðr left the girl with her family and returned to her vigil on the bridge.

An elderly woman led the girl into a home near to the hall and spoke: “Dearest one, I am your great-grandmother and, happy as I am to see you again, it saddens me that we meet so soon.” As she spoke, the woman gently took the girls soiled clothes off, wiped away her tears and her wounds and gave her freshly made garments to put on. The girl’s eyes lost their fear and shone with happiness. She now dwelled with loved ones in a land with no pain.

Some time later, Móðguðr returned to that village in Hel, leading a man. The man could barely stand from his injuries, but Móðguðr slowed her pace not a bit. When those that dwelled there saw the two approaching, they paused in their chores. The girl recognised her father and clang to her great-grandmother. This time, the people did not greet the man warmly. Rather, the men of the village took him with rough hands that he could not escape from.

They led him away from the village to the place where the land met the water at Nástrǫnd. Sharp bones cut the man’s bare feet and he cried out in pain. All at once, the ground writhed and the great dragon, Níðhǫggr, burst from the corpse-hoard. The men of the village cast the girl’s father onto the floor before the malicious one and returned to their homes and their chores, the sounds of chewing and sucking fading in their ears.

Valhalla is not for anybody

By Shane Viljar Ward Hovedsmann at Hvergelmir International

As the title suggests this is going to be a little look into the ever growing culture of want to be Warriors going to Valhalla due to fighting off a cold or other such nonsense

Firstly I would like to address these would be warriors; When people look at Heathenism and all they see is “I am going to Valhalla” all over the internet, I actually wondered what they must think! Are we all nut jobs looking for (as my friends would put it) Valhalidation? I have been seeing (as have we all) this number of would be’s double and even treble. This is mainly due to the fact that everyone that wanders across Heathenism, usually stumbles over the various fractions such as Oðinism in its different forms, who only promote themselves as “warriors” when we all know that at some point when it comes down to brass tacks and end up in a battle or a war, would wet themselves and run.

I have seen posts and comments alike on the various social sites about how a man with cancer will go to Valhalla because he was a soldier. NO. Why? Well for a couple of reasons firstly he didn’t die in battle as is one of the prerequisites, but not just any battle or die any old way, you have to be giving it everything you have, I mean push yourself past any and all limits and be probably the most vicious you can be, mainly because Oðin…well he doesn’t take just anyone. Also he doesn’t take every soldier, a lot of warriors are not soldiers, and vice versa. So being a soldier is not a free pass. I you think Valhalla is a place for “Drinking and having sex with Valkyrie” like I have seen a lot of people seem to believe, then you are more than likely a moron…in Valhalla (as it states in the sagas and Eddas) “You will fight all day” (more than likely die again) then “raise back up and feast and drink all night, to get up in the morning and start all over again”. Not once in any saga or Edda does it say that the Valkyr are to be touched by mortals.
I have also read that Police and Firefighters believe they will go to Valhalla too. Wrong. Did you die a violent and dreadful death in battle, fighting even with your dying breath?
(It brings to mind a sketch from Monty python, the Black Knight)

On that note; I have seen post about children and babies going to Valhalla…REALLY? Come on a child or baby fighting all day everyday in Valhalla is that really what people think? What about as it should be them having a nice place in the afterlife where no harm would become them? That place is Hel….”OH no my baby won’t go to Hel”. Why not? Unless you are one of the scum that have been deemed unworthy to enjoy an afterlife or earned a place in Folkvangr or Valhalla then why not? Hel can be a nice place for those who have committed no wrong, or have died from an illness or old age, and have not died in battle. Oh right the fact that many modern Heathen’s (converts) are still holding to very Christian beliefs of good and bad Heaven and Hell….Well as I said if the souls have committed foul deeds like murder and oath breaking etc, then Naströnd awaits (that is the side of Hel nobody wants to see…) if they have done no harm to any or have not done any
foul deeds well they get to sit in a beautiful hall and sevrved good food and enjoy a great afterlife.

Okay so we covered the first reason you may not go to Valhalla….so now

Secondly maybe you died in battle Heroically and got the attention of the Gods, what happens if Freyja decides she wants you in Folkvangr? After all she gets the first pick of all whom have died in battle, she doesn’t want the psycho’s that Oðin takes, she takes the ones that died fighting especially hard against all the odds, not for glory’s sake but for something greater.
So put it in this context Oðin takes the insane cannon fodder, and Freyja well she takes the ones that do what they do for something other than themselves.

So to finish off and recap…..dying in your sleep, old age or illness will not get you into Valhalla no matter if you fought off a cold or cancer (I can be insensitive). Hel is not a bad place so long as you are a good and honourable person.

If you manage to go to Valhalla it is a personal thing, do not expect to meet family or friends there, you will probably be severed from all those burdens before hand, (there was a story of a man whom marked himself for Oðin so he would be seen in battle and taken by the Valkyr to Valhalla, his wife left him and his family said he was dead, even though he wasn’t. I can’t remember where I saw this or heard this story. Sorry) so Ol’ one eye will unburden you if you are to go there. Besides getting noticed by Ygg himself will end in your violent and mostly unexpected death….because as we know he is not that caring.

Óðinn — ou Papai do céu e o mundo de lesões corporais graves

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Escrito por Einar V. Bj. Maack [skald do Hvergelmir International]
Tradução por Sonne Heljarskinn e Raendel

Uma especulação sobre a má formação de uma divindade.

Óðinn é um deus popular entre pagãos e pessoas que aderem à cultura ou religião germânicas. Continue reading “Óðinn — ou Papai do céu e o mundo de lesões corporais graves”

Uma viagem ao Hel

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Postado originalmente, em inglês, na página do Hvergelmir no facebook

Tradução por Sonne Heljarskinn

 

Muitas pessoas cometeram o erro de pensar que Valhalla (Valhöll – “Salão dos mortos em batalha” – em Nórdico Antigo) é uma espécie de “Paraíso Heathen”, com Odin como uma figura paterna benevolente para aqueles que chegam à sua porta. Isto está longe do que podemos identificar na tradição existente e, para tentar mudar as percepções, oferecemos uma história curta de alguém que não acaba na casa dos Einherjar (nem, de fato, deveríamos querê-los!) : Continue reading “Uma viagem ao Hel”

Entre elfos e ancestrais: Um estudo sobre os álfar através da literatura e cultura germânicas

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Sonne Heljarskinn

 

 “O meio ambiente e a paisagem perderam sua inocência e misticismo. A racionalidade do homem moderno e sua constante exigência de entendimento e explicação constituem os maiores obstáculos para nossa compreensão do mundo de ideias de nossos primeiros ancestrais”.

 (Stefan Brink, 2013: 22)

 

ABSTRACT: The present work has as its objective to analyze, in the Eddic documentation (both poetic and prose), medieval texts about the pre-Christian Scandinavian culture as well as, with more recent studies, especially that of Hilda Roderick Ellis, the problem of the origins, the meaning and the worship of the álfar (elves), in special among the germanic peoples of Scandinavia. It intends to present a few points of evidence about its relevance to the people that worshiped them, as well as the differences among the different peoples, as well as an etymological analysis of the words related to the álfar in the ancient Scandinavian culture. Considering the difficulties in the analysis of an orally transmitted culture when it is crystallized into written language, this study proposes thusly to express the similarities between the elves and other elements in those cultures, such as the Dísir and the ancestor worship. In this way, we show, following the line of scholars such as Ellis and Turville-Petre, the similarities existing between these aspects of the heathen Scandinavian culture that are usually taken as divergent among themselves.

Keywords: literacy in Scandinavia, elves, álfar, ancestral worship.

RESUMO: O presente texto tem o objeto de analisar, na documentação das Eddas (em prosa e poética), textos medievais sobre a cultura escandinava pré-cristã, bem como em estudos mais recentes, principalmente o de Hilda Roderick Ellis, o problema da origem, do significado, e do culto aos álfar (elfos), em especial nos povos germânicos da Escandinávia. Busca apresentar alguns pontos que evidenciem sua importância para os povos que os cultuavam, bem como as diferenças perante os povos próximos, além de uma análise etimológica das palavras relacionadas aos álfar na antiga cultura escandinava. Tendo em vista as dificuldades ao se analisar uma cultura transmitida oralmente quando esta é cristalizada na língua escrita, este artigo propõe então a destacar as semelhanças dos elfos com outros elementos da cultura dos povos do norte europeu, como as Dísir e o Culto aos Ancestrais. Dessa maneira, evidenciamos, seguindo a linha de estudiosos como Ellis e Turville-Petre, as semelhanças que existem entre aspectos da antiga cultura pagã escandinava que geralmente são tomados como divergentes e sem associação entre si.

Palavras chave: letramento na Escandinávia, elfos, álfar, culto aos ancestrais. Continue reading “Entre elfos e ancestrais: Um estudo sobre os álfar através da literatura e cultura germânicas”

Sobre Guerreiros, Morte e Valhalla: Vícios e Dogmas

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Introdução

Eu já havia abordado esse tema num texto chamado “Ah..o Mas e o Valhalla: Equívocos Sobre o Pós-Vida Heathen e o Quase Monoteísmo Odinista”. Senti, ainda assim, a necessidade de escrever um complemento àquele texto, pois os conceitos ali são expostos de maneira clara, mas ainda assim ele é um texto mais generalista. Continue reading “Sobre Guerreiros, Morte e Valhalla: Vícios e Dogmas”

“Ah… mas e o Valhalla”: Equívocos Sobre o Pós-vida Heathen e o “Quase Monoteísmo” Odinista

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É totalmente natural que, quando passamos para o heathenism, tragamos muitos vícios de nossa visão de mundo cristã. Não se sinta ofendido: somos uma minoria entre uma esmagadora e enraizada sociedade moldada sob parâmetros católicos ou cristãos. Eu e você, todos nós, possuímos, em maior ou menor grau, em pontos diferentes, resquícios desse modo de ver o mundo dos cristãos. Aqui eu quero comentar sobre dois fenômenos que vejo muito em comentários na internet: prender-se a uma visão metafísica de Valhalla e um quase “monoteísmo” de Odin. Continue reading ““Ah… mas e o Valhalla”: Equívocos Sobre o Pós-vida Heathen e o “Quase Monoteísmo” Odinista”