MiscellaneousPosted by Kim Pierri Thu, December 06, 2018 08:54:19
about a picture on “The Viking Way” Facebook group. I made this version with
definitions you see below this text.
a post-medieval Icelandic symbol. It only survive in the Huld Manuscript from
1880. The text going with the symbol in the manuscript is "if this sign is
carried, one will never lose one's way in storms or bad weather, even when the
way is not known".
Around the Vegvísir
a sentence from Tolkiens poem “All that is gold does not glitter” written in
Elder Futhark. The text says: “Not All [those] Who Wander Are Lost”. The text
in the brackets are only in the poem, not on the picture.
seem to be a modern design and the tree design is properly inspired by the trees
on “The Gate of Moria” as I see it, but is clearly Ask Yggdrasil with its 3
MiscellaneousPosted by Kim Pierri Fri, August 18, 2017 10:58:00
will appear regularly in different Facebook pages.
When I read
the Meme I feel it makes four statements, and I will look into each:
1. Jord was
the first wife of Odin and mother of Thor.
true, it can be attested in the lore (look for references in Simek; Dictionary
of Northern Mythology: p. 179)
(Jord) was also known as mother Earth
This is a
bit harder. I can’t seem to find any reference to anyone in ancient Scandinavia
talking about a “Mother Earth”. It’s mainly a modern concept used to associate
the same function in different mythologies around the world. It is not clear to
Ymir, the giant from which Midgard was made and me the relationship with the
3. Her name Jord was pronounces Yard
know which lauguage it is referring to, I don’t know old norse but in modern
Scandinavian language Jord are pronounced different from the English Yard.
literally means Earth or Land! And is why we call parsel of land a Yard
with the English word Yard. There are two origins of the word yard. The first
one are the measurement from the Old English word Gerd, meaning Stick/rod (from
the yardstick that was used to measure length). This is not the word referred
to in the Meme.
meaning of Yard are a "patch of ground around a house" from Old
English geard or Old Norse garðr. (source http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=yard&fref=gc)
looked at the danish word Jord, and it has its origin in the Old Norse word
jörð and the old english word eorþe. From http://ordnet.dk/ddo/ordbog?query=jord
So you see,
that the old Norse/Scandinavian word Jord for earth/soil/goddess have different
old Norse and old English origins. So there are no common origin between the
I will add an
observation here, that the English word Yard has a connection to the Old Norse
word garðr (fence), which are part of Old Norse Miðgarðr (Midgard), which are
one of the 9 worlds and the world the humans live in. But saying that because
Midgard are the fenced area where the humans lives and a fenced area around you
house are the same word is a bit of a stretch. I will also say that we don’t
know if the Goddess are Jord are associated with Midgard, or maybe the soil.
MiscellaneousPosted by Kim Pierri Tue, December 06, 2016 10:12:58
I have many times seen this manipolated picture on Facebook:
followed by this text:
The myths are an storehouse of infinite knowledge. They speak of the
Midgard Serpent lying at the bottom of the see. He encircles the globe and when
he moved great earth trembles cause terrible convulsions. Most believe this is
just a tale, but the ancient knew of his existence at the bottom of the oceans.
Now, with modern technology, we can see for ourselves that the Myths were
true--he does exist. But how did primitive Norsemen know of this
great belt of fissions at the bottom of the oceans? Perhaps they were not
primitive as most people think they were? Did they have knowledge passed down
to them from thousands of years earlier, in a time when their ancestors had
built an advance civilization, more advance than ours' today? But when it
collapsed, their knowledge were encoded in Myths passed down from generation to
generation? Take a look at the maps once more and think about it. - unknown
It is funny
and might be an interpretation of the myth into modern cosmology we can use
today, but the thing about “advance civilization,
more advance than ours' today” are at best silly and a little insulting to our
ancestors, who did amazing things with the technology available to them. Notice
that the map is manipulated. The lines they have highlighted are boundaries
between tectonic plates, but they have just selected those that fit with what
they want you to see. Humans are experts to notice patterns and if you condition
people to see a pattern they will do so.
Most of the boundaries they have chosen are the
mid-ocean ridge, but not all. The ridges at the west coast of Greenland are
very small and not active anymore and in the pacific there are only ridges in
short areas along the Californian coast and none along the Aleutian Islands. On
the map above the mid-ocean ridge are colored red. I have modified the original map to show this. Notice how the serpent has disappeared.
have chosen to include the destructive line along the Californian coast and the
destructive boundary along The Aleutian Islands. If they decided to include
island arcs and destructive plate boundaries, then there are plenty of more
places that need to be included in the picture. They are included as lines with
lumps on in the picture. If you include all of them, then there are no serpent either. Se the map below.