by Guðrún Kristín
The set-up of the book Óðsmál (Odsmal)
Just about Óðsmál (Odsmal) as a book. (Óðsmál (Odsmal) is pronounced somewhat like: Oaths-mawl)
begin with: What does the word Óðsmál (Odsmal)
Óður (Odur) and Freyja are much the same concepts as Óðinn (Odinn) and Frigg.
Most likely Freyja is former Nerthus, the great goddess. "Afrodite rises up from the sea. Afros means foam." For 350 millions of years ago life is supposed to have been in the ocean. Nerthus is much related to the ocean. Njörður (Njoerdur, Njord), now the Northern sea god, might be Nerthus. A mix-up of genders often occurs in myths. Njörður (Njordur) helps men who travel by sea (--or sail on life's great oceans--).
Njörður (Njoerdur) is one of the Vanir. He is father to Freyja and Freyr of the Vanir. Vanir secure peace and promote fertility for the continuation of life on earth.
Dialogue (conversation) is an old northern way of promoting knowledge used in the Eddas. Teasing even makes things more interesting.
is never thrust upon anyone. The pupil asks the teacher when he is
ready to listen to the answer.
The culture that has been here in the North for many many thousands of years, is very special. It is not "only silly ideas of non-spiritually minded, credulous packs", as some claim. Luckily not all people believe that nonsense written by Snorri Sturluson under Christianity. -- But, tant pis, some do, and that is what Óðsmál (Odsmal) is meant to remedy.
is in A4 format, 3 cm thick.
(Odsmal) is 216 pages in Icelandic (all right pages)...
In the book ÓÐSMÁL (Odsmal) More info is to be found on the English side than in the short Icelandic text. i
Explanatory and amusing drawings are on the Icelandic side all along. Also Sanskrit texts.
is a very sacred number in northern philosophy.
(Odsmal) contains a beautiful, thought provoking, and a hitherto
unrevealed, field of knowledge. It explains in a charming way the
pure theosophy of our ancestors' forni siður (forni sidur;
olden customs). That we must treasure, preserve and
you want to know what it means and what it implies to live in
accordance with the gods as suggested in Hávamál
the way, do the Icelandic letters: Ð ð (dh) Þ þ
(th) Ö ö (oe) Æ æ (ae) á é í
ó ú ý come through on your computer?
you enjoy reading Óðsmál (Odsmal). Just float
along with it without strain. It is as life is: full of surprises,
big and small. Take is as is comes. Everything has a meaning, but
do not live for petty things only.
writing style of Óðsmál (Odsmal) is floating. A
reader puts it this way:
You might find it funny to hear the singular of "you" which is "thou" (in nominative), (thee (in accusative and dative), thy or thine (in genitive)), but bear in mind that in Icelandic one addresses another (single) person by "thou", but not by "you", as that is plural or too formal!
A friend of mine said, that on reading Óðsmál (Odsmal) she, for the first time in her life understood what religions are (--should be, i.e.!!!--) all about !
This book is meant to stir up minds, arouse new questions, cast light on the lost profoundness in our life, wake humanity up again, and to encourage men to seek The Truth.
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