Germanic mythology tales

 

I have no real wish to tell tales out of Snorri’s Gylfaginning and Skáldskaparmál, as it already often happened. I will rather try to emphasize components that have been overlooked by him. We must remember that Snorri did not ‘tell tales’ because he liked them: all these tales are here as a mere illustration of his Poetics, as exposed in the ‘third’ part of his Edda, Háttatal. Note that modern analysis claims that, in reality, the so called third part has been the first composed by Snorri.

I may not be able to properly achieve this goal, I agree. I nevertheless do believe that quixotic goals belong to a spiritual ideal.

For the time being this project cannot boast of more than fifteen tales, though several are well advances in my workplan.

I tried to order them by their logical links (time is usually not significant when dealing with mythology)  that may help undertsanding their internal coherence. Truth is that I do not write them following this ordering. Here is the present state of this partial ordering.

 -  1 and 2: Two tales on Germanic cosmogony: Before the Gods , The Gods' high deeds and some Commentaries on my sources.

 

- 3: The war between Æsir and Vanir

- 4:  Building Ásgarðr citadel and Sleipnir's conception

- 5:  How Gylfi has been tricked by Gefjon and how Gilfaginning came to existence Gylfi and Gefjon

- 6: - A Heathen presentation of  Brísinga-men, Freyja’s Garland of Flames

 - 7: A version of The Tale of Völund. This story, the one of ‘smith Velent’, fully belongs to Germanic heathen mythology. It is not logically linked to the other tales but it has a 'primitive look' that led me to put it near the beginning. 

- 8: A tale relative to Nibelungs’ curse and the special Scandinavian spells called ‘shapings’ (sköp): “Andvari, Loki and Fáfnir curse Nibelungs’ gold” and the knowledge relative to this tale is gathered HERE 

- 9: Yggdrasill’s teachings or Oðinn’s runic magic

- 10: Building the fort of Asgard and Sleipnir's conception

- 11:  We all are Heimdall’s children

- 12: Skinir tries to convice Gerðr to mary Freyr, also: the point of view of a magician Gerdr

- 13: The cosmic tale of  Gerðr and Freyr's marriage

- 14:  Daring Hervör visits her fathers’ burial mound  meets  her  yet  unknown  father and  receives  his  sword.

-  15. One Day before Raganrök

- 16.  Two Goddesses, two fates :Íðunn and Skaði

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- (to be placed after other myths describing the god's universe) : A tale on the way Sigurðr (‘Victory-Fated’) has been able to shape his fates before meeting the victory of a snowstorm (Sigr-drífa in Old Norse). She caught him the avalanche of her örlög until their death. The knowledge relative to this tale is gathered HERE. and the tale “Fated Sigurd’s youth.” is HERE .

- (Last - 1) A tale inspired by Hrafnagalgr Óðins (Óðinn’s ravens’ galdr). It is translated HERE, and here is the tale “One day before Ragnarök.”