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.