Omg my prayer to Loki got 65 notes
thank u tumblr thank u
I like that bit in the Prose Edda where High lists the names of Odin, and one of them is “High” and another is “Just as High” and Gangleri doesn’t click.
I was reading Clash of Kings and I felt inspired to write a Mother’s Hymn but for Loki and I
Im so sorry
That first stanza I just
And then I started laughing and I
Im so sorry
For people who are actually interested in how viking music might have sounded, “Drømde mik en drøm i nat" (/I dreamt a dream last night) is the earliest music (and lyrics) known in Scandinavia preserved on the last page of the (~1200-1300) Codex Runicus as rune notes.
The song and melody is still known and used today in most of Scandinavia, as a sort of folk-standard. This version, deceivingly slow in the beginning, is presented as close to the original sound of the years 900-1000 as historians think they can come.
This song might have survived because it was a gigantic hit, like the viking’s very own “Billie Jean”. A total pop slayer that stayed around long enough for music notes to be invented.
The more you know.
I gotta work out how to play this on the uke
Keep this in mind when browsing on reconstructionist nonsense that Baldr, Odin or Thor are the solar deity. Freyr at least has an excuse because of the “control of sunshine” Snorri gives him.
Also note that no, Freyja is not a moon goddess. The moon god is named Mani.
I’m serious I’ve seen this exact thing. People think that “oh Freyr has solar associations therefore Freyja must have lunar associations” NO, NO. BAD. STOP.
I suspect some people get it from the Farrars’ “Goddess of the Witches” wherein Freyja is explicitly called a moon goddess.
FARRARS WHY. Their other stuff was pretty good why did they have such a brain prolapse with their God and Goddess of the Witches books? LAWD. PS, don’t invoke Loki and put Him on trial. Don’t do that. Does that sound sensible to you?
I cry, Hail Zeus Astrapaios, wielder of the Lightning Bolt,
You who flash down to the Earth in an instant,
Here and then gone again,
A bounty of energy caught up in a single arc,
Showing Your power to mortals as you strike the Earth.
Astrapaios, I pray to you.
I cry, Hail Zeus Ombrios, the sender of rain,
You who nourishes fair Gaea’s lands with water,
Who can cause floods if the whim strikes,
And, should You be offended, will withhold your bounty,
Causing a drought of untold proportions.
You who pelt down with life-giving water,
You who send the rain,
Ombrios, I pray to you.
I cry, Hail Zeus Maimaktês, Zeus of the Storm,
for it is Your will that brings the biting rain,
It is Your will that brings the clap of thunder,
It is Your will that brings the bolt of lightning.
Maimaktês, I pray to you.
If you can’t tell, we’ve had a bit of a stormy stretch here in my home state of Michigan. FEMA’s been surveying the city of Detroit, assessing the damage caused by the recent storms. Luckily my basement didn’t flood, but yesterday I was filled with Awe yet again at the power of Zeus Maimaktês, when He struck down upon this Earth and made His presence felt. It was only a short storm but it brought down power lines and knocked out power for hundreds in the region.
Every day I find a new reason to continue my worship and reverence for the Hellenic Theoi. Hail, Great Ones!