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Freya – European goddess of love

By |2017-06-27T17:18:59+00:00June 27th, 2017|Northern Europe, Religion|

Freya wearing her necklace (about 800 AD) Freya is the only important goddess of the Germans. She was married to Odin, and she's a kind of fertility goddess like Hera or Aphrodite or Venus. Her name just means "lady" in old Norse and old German. Friday is named after her, because in Latin [...]

Kriemhild’s Revenge – More Niebelungenleid

By |2017-06-27T17:01:48+00:00June 27th, 2017|Literature, Northern Europe|

Kriemhild goes to marry Etzel of the Huns (1400s AD) Part II: Kriemhild's Revenge Well, naturally that wasn't the end of the story. A woman like Kriemhild wasn't just going to sit there, after Hagen killed her husband. After some time, King Etzel of the Huns (Attila the Hun) came and proposed marriage [...]

Niebelungen – A German story

By |2017-06-27T16:51:57+00:00June 27th, 2017|Literature, Northern Europe|

Prince Siegfried kills the dragon Fafnir -Door of the Christian church of Hylestad in Norway (1200s AD) The Niebelungenlied, or the Story of the Niebelungs, was written about 1200 AD in the Holy Roman Empire. Nobody knows the name of the author, but he or she was probably writing down a story that [...]