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Grimm, Jacob - Teutonic Mythology Vol 1

Grimm, Jacob - Teutonic Mythology Vol 1

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apartment of Freyja, especially as the t/u.a9 is spoken of directly

after ? Hephaistos (Vulcan), who built his mother the curiously

contrived bedchamber, answers to the dwarfs who forged the neck-

lace for Freyja. The identity of Frigg and Freyja with Here and

Aphrodite must after this mythus be as plain as day.


Another thing that betrays the confusion of Frigg with Freyja

is, that the goddess Folld, now proved by the Merseburg poem to

belong to our German mythology, is according to it a sister of Frua,

while the OjST. Falla again is handmaid to Frigg, though she takes

rank and order among the Asynjor themselves (Sn. 36-7).^ Her

office and duties are sufficiently expressed in her name ; she justi-

fies our reception of the above-mentioned Ahundia or da7ne Hahonde

into German mythology, and corresponds to the masculine god of

plenty Pilnitis, Pilnihcs, whom the Lettons and Prussians adored.

Like dame Herke on p. 253, she bestowed prosperity and abundance

on mortals, to her keeping was intrusted the divine mother's chest

(eski), out of which gifts were showered upon them.

It may be, that FuUa or Folia was at the same time thought

of as the full-moon (Goth. fulli]?s, Lith. Pilnatis, masc), as another

heavenly body, Orion, was referred to Frigg or Freyja : in the Mer-

seburg MS. she is immediately followed by Sannct with a sister

Bindgund, whose name again suggests the path of a constellation.

The Eddie Sol ranks with the Asynjor, but Sindgund (ON. Sinn-


He bored a hole and crept through as a fly, then as a flea he stung the
sleeping goddess till she shook off the ornament : an incident still retained in

nursery-tales. Conf. the stinging fly at the forging, Sn. 131.


If we read Fria for Frua, then Folia would stand nearer to her as in the

Norse, whether as attendant goddess or as sister. Yet, considering the insta-

bility of those goddesses' names, she may keep her place by Frouwa too.




gunnr ?) is unknown to the Edda. In cli. XXII. on the constella-

tions I shall come back to these divinities (see Suppl.).

11. Gakt. Sippia. Sunia. Waga. Saga. Nanda.

From surviving proper names or even impersonal terms, more

rarely from extant myths, we may gather that several more

goddesses of the North were in earlier times common to the rest of


Frey's beloved, afterwards his wife, was named Gcr&r, she

came of the giant breed, yet in Sn. 79 she is reckoned among the

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