MYTHOLOGY MEME ~ [6/8] Legendary Creatures ~ Unseelie Faeries
The Unseelie Court consists of the darkly-inclined fairies. Unlike the Seelie Court, no offense is necessary to bring down their assaults. As a group (or “host”), they appear at night and assault travelers, often carrying them through the air, beating them, and forcing them to commit such acts as shooting elfshot at cattle. Like the beings of the Seelie Court who are not always benevolent, neither are the fairies of the Unseelie Court always malevolent. Most Unseelies can become fond of a particular human if they are viewed as respectful, and would choose to make them something of a pet. Some of the most common characters in the Unseelie Court are Bogies, Bogles, Boggarts, Abbey Lubbers and Buttery Spirits. The division into “seelie” and “unseelie” spirits was roughly equivalent to the division of Elves in Norse mythology, into “light” and “dark” distinctions. (x)
MYTHOLOGY MEME ~ [1/8] Legendary Creatures ~ Mermaids
A mermaid found a swimming lad,
Picked him for her own,
Pressed her body to his body,
Laughed; and plunging down
Forgot in cruel happiness
That even lovers drown. (x)
The goddess of eternal youth, married to Bragi, the god of poetry. Idun is the custodian of the golden apples of youth. When the gods feel old age approaching, they only have to eat of the apples to become young again. As a goddess of fertility, youth and death, it is possible that she was originally one of the Vanir.
As a member of the Vanir, Freyr was the most important of the fertility gods. He is associated with sunlight and rain and is the patron of peace and bountiful harvests. At a young age, the gods made him the ruler of Alfheim, the realm of the elves. After the war between the Aesir and the Vanir, Freyr joined his father Njord and sister Freyja in Asgard as a sign of peace. He rides a chariot pulled by the golden, dwarf-made boar Gullinbursti. He owns the ship Skidbladnir and a powerful magic sword.
The senior god of the Vanir, Njord moved to Asgard with his children, Freyr and Freyja, as a sign of peace after the war between the Aesir and Vanir. Njord governed the sea and the winds and guarded ships and seafarers. His hall is called Noatun (“shipyard”) , and he married the Jotun Skadi. However, the differences in their personalities forced the couple to live apart.
The lands of men are but one of many worlds, bound by the World Tree: Yggdrasil. At its base, the Norns weave men’s fate. Below the dragon Nidhogg chews away at the roots, seeking to destroy the tree itself. It was among the boughs of Yggdrasil that the gods created Midgard, the land of men. Pleased with their creation, the gods built a home of their own. Far above our world, they constructed the mighty city of Asgard. It was here the gods would feast and reign until the end of time, with Odin king above all. [x]
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norse mythology » njord (njörðr)
In Norse mythology, Njord was the god of the wind and of the sea and its riches. His aid was invoked in seafaring and in hunting, and he was considered the god of “wealth-bestowal,” or prosperity. He was the father of Freyr and Freyja by his own sister. Traditionally, Njǫrd’s native tribe, the Vanir, gave him as a hostage to the rival tribe of Aesir, the giantess Skadi choosing him to be her husband. The marriage failed because Njǫrd preferred to live in Nóatún, his home by the sea, while Skadi was happier in her father’s mountain dwelling place. Several traditions hold that Njǫrd was a divine ruler of the Swedes, and his name appears in numerous Scandinavian place-names.
MYTHOLOGY MEME ~ [3/8] Legendary Creatures ~ Banshee
The banshee (from Irish: bean sí “woman of the sídhe” or “woman of the fairy mounds”) is a female spirit in Irish mythology, usually seen as an omen of death and a messenger from the Otherworld.
In legend, a banshee is a fairy woman who begins to wail if someone is about to die. In Scottish Gaelic mythology, she is known as the bean sìth or bean-nighe and is seen washing the blood stained clothes or armour of those who are about to die. (x)
NORSE MYTHOLOGY SERIES | REALMS
↳ Niflheimr, realm of ice and mist
Niflheimr is one of the two primordial realms, the other being Múspelheimr, the realm of fire. It is told that the fires of Múspelheimr melted the ice of Niflheimr, and as they mixed they brought about Creation and the birth of Ymir. It is home to nine frozen rivers, and is said to be the abode of the goddess Hel.
NORSE MYTHOLOGY SERIES | DEITIES
↳ Freyja - goddess of love, beauty, fertility, and death.
Freyja is a member of the Vanir gods, and lives in Ásgarðr with her brother, Freyjr, her father, Njörðr, and her mother, whose identity is unknown. Their presence in Ásgarðr is a symbol of peace in the aftermath of the great war between the Æsir and the Vanir gods. She rules the afterlife field of Fólkvangr, where half of the warriors slain in battle go upon death. The warriors are hand-picked for their bravery and honour on the battlefield, and were less bloodthirsty and more noble than those who went to Valhalla.
Urnes Snakes - wear for Skill and Ingenuity.
Carved on large rune stones in Urnes, Norway, these snakes are the symbol of Loki - shape changer and trickster - the clever god as flexible as a serpent in wriggling out of trouble. Vikings believed snakes, in shedding their skin, were wise and unique.