The Heathen Mythbuster

The Heathen Mythbuster

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As long as I have been on online heathen forums, I have encountered many modern myths. The internet are full of strange and wonderful theories and that is great, but many of them are not based on real facts or are ignoring facts to get their homegrown theory to fit. I will try to find the facts about these theories and share them here. Some of the posts will properly have to be rewritten/changed to accommodate new data or data I wasn’t aware of then posting the information on the first time. That’s only an natural development for such a blog.
Since I am Danish and English isn’t my first language, I will properly make many grammatical and spelling mistakes. Please bear over with me.

Jord/Yard Meme

MiscellaneousPosted by Kim Pierri Fri, August 18, 2017 10:58:00

This meme 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.

This is true, it can be attested in the lore (look for references in Simek; Dictionary of Northern Mythology: p. 179)

2. She (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 goddess Jord.

3. Her name Jord was pronounces Yard

I don’t 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.

4. It literally means Earth or Land! And is why we call parsel of land a Yard

Let’s start 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.

The other 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)

I have 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 words

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.