First, I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone for their sympathies and condolences this past week. It’s been a miserable one, I don’t mind telling you. However! Things seem to be getting back to normal-ish. For me at any rate.

 

Now, on to Serenity Sunday!

In The ForeverGreen novels “The Seers’ War” Freya is one of the Vanir Goddesses of the Bruid people. She is considered extremely important and highly revered. Especially by shieldmaidens.

In the real world…
In Norse mythology, Freyja (Old Norse for “(the) Lady”) is a goddess associated with love, sex, beauty, fertility, gold, seiðr, war, and death. Freyja is the owner of the necklace Brísingamen, rides a chariot pulled by two cats, keeps the boar Hildisvíni by her side, possesses a cloak of falcon feathers, and, by her husband Óðr, is the mother of two daughters, Hnoss and Gersemi. Along with her brother Freyr (Old Norse the “Lord”), her father Njörðr, and her mother (Njörðr’s sister, unnamed in sources), she is a member of the Vanir.

Freyja rules over her heavenly afterlife field Fólkvangr and there receives half of those that die in battle, whereas the other half go to the god Odin’s hall, Valhalla. Within Fólkvangr is her hall, Sessrúmnir. Freyja assists other deities by allowing them to use her feathered cloak, is invoked in matters of fertility and love, and is frequently sought after by powerful jötnar who wish to make her their wife. Freyja’s husband, the god Óðr, is frequently absent. She cries tears of red gold for him, and searches for him under assumed names. Freyja has numerous names, including Gefn, Hörn, Mardöll, Sýr, Valfreyja, and Vanadís.

 

~ Article courtesy of wikipedia.com
~ Image courtesy of http://www.freyja.org-

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