ÓÐSMÁL (ODSMAL)
Book about profound theosophy and modern science in heathenry,
rediscovery of the wisdom of our pagan forefathers

by Guðrún Kristín Magnúsdóttir
(Gudrun Kristin Magnusdottir)


The set-up of the book Óðsmál (Odsmal)


ÓÐSMÁL (ODSMAL) book cover

Just about Óðsmál (Odsmal) as a book. (Óðsmál (Odsmal) is pronounced somewhat like: Oaths-mawl)

To begin with: What does the word Óðsmál (Odsmal) mean?
Óðsmál (Odsmal) is a dialogue between Óður (Odur), Freyja's lost husband, and little völva (volva).
Little völva (volva, a seeress, a rishi) is rather talkative and can be cynical and sharp at times.
Óð's mál (mál Óðs, Od's mal) means words or speech or song or teachings of Óður (Odur or Odr).
(The genitive case of Óður (Odur) is Óðs (Ods); stem: Óð (Od))
-Who is Óður (Odur)?
Óður (Odur) is a heathen god, husband of Freyja. Óður (Odur) is the _freedom_ of the human spirit.
Freyja is the great goddess of the North. She is the universal love.
Human (material) life in love (marriage) with the freedom of the human spirit is living a full life. One without the other is only half a life. Freyja is looking for Óður (Odur) as he is lost now. That is why this dialogue is given to Óður (Odur).

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."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.

Knowledge is never thrust upon anyone. The pupil asks the teacher when he is ready to listen to the answer.
--  Missionaries do not exist in heathenry. Theocracy does not exist either.

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.

Óðsmál is in A4 format, 3 cm thick.
They say (teasing) that it looks like a telephone book(!!!). OK, OK. You can dial straight to Ásgarður (Asgard) after reading it.

Óðsmál (Odsmal) is 216 pages in Icelandic (all right pages)...
...and 216 in English (all left side pages).
Many people like to try to read Icelandic, or are studying Icelandic. For them Óðsmál (Odsmal) is a treasure. (About one/fifth of the vocabulary in English is from Old Norse. In Modern Icelandic there are 800.000 words and grammar that will keep you busy for a few years.)

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.

216 is a very sacred number in northern philosophy.
I do not believe there ever occur any coincidences at all.....
but I liked that "coincidence" (!) of Óðsmál to become 216+216 = 432 pages.
They are sacred numbers as is the number 9. Eight are the layers of the relative world, and eight are the legs of Sleipnir (Óðin's (Odin´s) pony). Nine is the transcendental - The Foundation for relative life, The Truth, Reality, The Unseen, The Timeless. Nine is always an unknown number (length) in Norse mythology.
For example nine nights is just any lapse of time as a sacred term.

Óðsmál (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 understand.

Profound spirituality is to be found in heathenry / ásatrú (asatru). It is many, many, many thousands of years old! Óðsmál (Odsmal) explains it all.

Do you want to know what it means and what it implies to live in accordance with the gods as suggested in Hávamál (Havamal)?
Then just read the book Óðsmál (Odsmal) and put it into practice. There is no strain, no threat, no fear, only the flow of nature.
It is advised to find that flow, transcend the relative world, and then the gods (the Laws of Nature) are in tune with all your life towards evolution, and support all good intentions. Life goes your way.

(By 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?
As they might not on your printer I include English transliteration on this web site.

 

Hope 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.
Some people tell me they started and could not stop until they finished the book (-brave men !),
other tell me they take one chatter at a time and are going to make it last a long l-o-n-g time and penetrate.
This is an Icelandic book. Icelanders are said to skip logic and put fort their ideas by telling you a story of their great grandpa or queer oncle instead of reasoning. Reasoning they consider boring and irrelevant. The story (parable) tells you what you can make out of it.

The writing style of Óðsmál (Odsmal) is floating. A reader puts it this way:
"I've finished Odthsmal once. I must say, you have a very gentle writing style.
I am so unused to seeing a flowing writing style such as yours. It's like a creek, meandering through a field; it can go anywhere, and the path it chooses seems so unpredictable, yet natural, as though it seems to be the wrong way until you realize that that's the only way it could go."

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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