The Norse gods: Frigg

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The wife of Odin, mother of Baldr, goddess of motherhood, marriage, fertility, love, home and household crafts. She has the power of divination but she will never tell what she knows. She has 12 handmaidens who assist her with her household and everyday life, they all have an important role.

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Her first handmaiden is Saga, the storyteller, she knows all the names of the ancestors and is said to drink beer all day and tell tales to those who will listen. She helps us remember the past and write stories or history.

Second is Eir, the healer, she knows all the herbs and their effect. She travels to where she is needed most and will serve as a “dokter” to whoever needs her.

Third is Gefion, the earth, she gives us the earth and all that grows upon it. She is the goddess of harvest and abundance, you will never run short when she is around since she gives like a mother gives.

Next is Fulla, the keeper of secrets, she keeps all the mysteries of women in her box.

Sjofn, the heart, she is the one who tells our hearts to love, not just attraction or lust but unity and true love.

Lofn, permission. She’s a blank page in my book :s

Var, the oath keeper, she is the one who makes sure we keep our oaths, such as marriage or a contract.

Vor, the aware, she knows all and if she doesn’t know she’ll find out.

Syn, the guard, she helps us say no and cut the ties with the ones that hurt us. She helps us set boundaries.

Hlin, the protector, she is the wing under which we shelter when we are afraid. She stands for personal protection and the need to protect those we care for.

Snotra, the lady, she stands for everything ladylike and gentle in a woman, she also stands for etiquette and social behavior.

Last but not least Gna, the messenger, she is freedom of speech and the right to be heard.

All together these handmaiden empower the goddess Frigg and give her all of her virtues.

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When her son Baldr started having dreams indicating that his life was in danger, he told his mother and she went around the 9 realms to ask all things (disease, elements, animals,…,…) to never harm the god.

They all took the oath and when Frigg went back to Valhalla, the gods wanted to test the oath so they started trowing things at Baldr. Everything just bounced of him, proving that the oath worked. Frigg had asked everything to take the oath, except for mistletoe and when the god Loki found out about that, he crafted a small dart out of mistletoe. He tricks the blind god Hodr to trow the dart and to the horror of all the present gods, the mistletoe goes straight trough Baldr killing him on the spot.

Frigg offers all her love and favour to the god willing to ride to Muspleheim and to ask Hell to release Baldr and let him return to Valhalla. The brother of Baldr, Hermodr, accepts and sets out to demand his brother back from the goddess of death.

In the meanwhile, Baldr is given a great funeral attended by nearly all the beings of the 9 realms. The wife of Baldr, Nanna, dies of grief and is placed on the pyre with her husband.

Once in Muspleheim Hermodr finds his brother and Nanna and demands Hell to let them go, she tells him that the only way she will let the gods go is if all things will weep for Baldr. This agreement fails since all but 1 would weep for the god, it is said that Loki would not weep for Baldr and when the other gods find out Loki crafted the mistletoe dart his is bound until the ragnarok.

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