ÓÐSMÁL (ODSMAL)
Book about science of the ancient heathens,
the allegory in myths,
the symbolic language of edda

by Guðrún Kristín Magnúsdóttir
(Gudrun Kristin Magnusdottir)


Þrymskviða (Thrym's-kvida)


ÓÐSMÁL (ODSMAL) book cover

Thor´s hammer, Mjollnir

I must tell you one of the myths about  Þórr (Thor), if you care to hear it.
But to begin with some timely discussion:
Þórr (Thor), like the other heathen gods, is a positive power. His physical strength is the endurance, and he is the strength within us and our boundless endurance that we all have access to. Þórr (Thor) is our might and main. To belief in one's might and main is very heathen. It is to find the boundless, divine strength within. Þórr (Thor) is our might and main - our power within, as well as a creative Natural Law.

For swastika, Mjöllnir (Mjolnir), and profound wishes:
Chatter 13 in Óðsmál (Odsmal). And audio-video, the abyss of the symbolic language of edda

When Þór (Thor) batters trolls, he is milling/grinding/crushing/destroying the past and old stages of ignorance, and thus making way for evolution. Matter changes all the time, and change there must be; change is our chance, you know.


Þórr (Thor) is always helping us men in Miðgarður (Midgardur) to live.
His mother is goddess Earth. -- Our mother too. móðir jörð / mother earth
He fights all tröll, trolls, our ignoarnce, the destructive, negative trends in our live.
(note: jötnar, eotens, are colossal "eaters", decomposing and corrosive powers, in the relative world, ridding us of useless attempts;
tröll (torlls) are ignorance that blinds us;
þursar (thurses) are old stages, and we must not stagnate, but we must evolve.






All is to be found within us. To understand we must prope deep inside. Even further in that any human thought can go.

Þrymskviða (Thrymskvida) as a description of old states of consciousness (of humanity as a whole and of each individual) and Freyja's Brísingamen (Bisingamen), as she owns and protects the men (jewel that shines), as her duty to shield humanity.
Keep all these views in mind, but also make your own profound, scientific and theosophic understandings of Þrymskviða (Thrymskvida), this terribley amusing poem from our sacred edda. Þrymskviða(symbolic language)

One good thing to reflect on too is: If Christians had understood the profound divine meaning of the kvæði (kvaedi (plural)), then saving the Eddas during the dark middle ages would have been blasphemy and hierarchy. The kvæði (kvaedi) survived because the church did not understand their divine origin and spiritual meaning of profound gods within.
Shallow gods or profound gods. The Eddukvæði (the Edda-kvaedi (plural)) survived because they were not understood as being about Divinity within every individual.
In other words: _Because_ this poem is so terribly amusing, it survived; Within is the core, the seed, the sleeping beauty of heathenry; Only: the army of the dark ages knew not, in their lucky ignorance, what they were saving for us!


It is hard for us to gain anew the ancient understanding of myths, understand their message; -- and I shall tell you why:
We are wearing black goggles of imprinting of Semitic culture, that is contrary to, and actually the very opposite of pagan Weltanschauung (view on life).
I doubt if we understand myths. They have been abused and recycled in monotheistic strategy for "power-gain purposes".
I take an example of a completely blind attitude: A Christian, now-a-days' scholar (British) that I happen to have met, does not agree with my opinion of the poems being sacred. Finds them ridiculous!
He claims the poems to have been useful to the church, and therefore they were kept. (The church had and has an unquestionable power to allow, ban and command.) The poems were amusement, he says. He finds it funny that Þórr (Thor) is amusingly dumb-witted in the kvæði (kvaedi) and stories about him. He has a big laugh on that point
This particular scholar explains Þrymskviða (Thrymskvida) in his lectures in terms of sociology, sexuality, phallic symbols, impotence, castration (hammer and beard as genitals; thus lost manliness), psychology, male superiority to female (that is,as we know, Semitic and Xtian culture, not heathen at all), and that scholar explains Þrymskviða (Thrymskvida) in other all-worldly, contemporary contexts like: Christian wedding customs ("a woman can not show up in her own wedding without a male to take her there and deliver her to her husband-to-be, therefore Þrymskviða (Thrymskvida) obviously has its lacks in the social context") . This Christian scholar claims to know about heathen spirituality but finds it irrelevant to mention it when giving a lecture (in March, 1998) on scholars' research on Þrymskviða (Thrymskvida)!!!. He is, in his interpretations, still stuck in the Christian out-look only. He does not want at all to free himself form the church's point of view for one second.
During the "ask questions"-part of this partial lecture on our inheritance, two people from the audience did remind him of the fact that Þrymskviða (Thrymskvida) is all about divine powers, _not_ human show-biz. Both these audience-people were cut off by the lady that "protected" the guest-lecturer from any "rude" questions as these: "Do you know, scholar(!), that these poems are about gods and goddesses, not men?" "Have you ever thought about that there is allegory in myths?"

(Also the Jesus-myth is not about a man that actually lived on earth (i.e. is not literalism), but only about that we have to evolve, get rid of old ignorance (cruxify ignorance) and resurrect ourselves as pure beings.)

Þrymskviða
(symbolic language)


Monks wrote a distortes history that still is taught in schools.
The only writings that were allowed were that of the Roman Empire (under the new name theocracy), all pagan writings and rune-litereture was burned. Even drumbs and flutes of heathens, and those who played them (drummers and flutists) were mercilessly killed.

We admit that we know practically nothing for sure about heathenry during the dark middle ages under Christian theocracy, and a mix-up is sure to have occurred (-like yule was "borrowed" (stolen) to make Christmas, etc.). The Hebrew god (the mono theos, Moses-God) is very human in his behavior and dualism (duality), but these his qualities(?) can _not_ be an attribute to real godly powers. Why look at the sacred texts of the North literally only?
We understand polytheism if we see it about The Laws of Nature (poly gods), as divine powers within (our psychology) and around (ambient forces) in the universe.

All the biblical stories can be traced back to pagan, heathen, Vedic, myths; they are used and abused as a garb for the theocracy; This is the main reason for that the understanding of myths is lost, and it was, by clever strategy, the very purpose from the very beginning of the invention of theocracies to rule over the mob.

Surly a mix-up of these opposed interpretations took place in Europe.
Most of what Jesus is said to have said is heathen ethics and the very words that are quoted from Óðinn!


We must also realise that a bundle of social rules and dubious "ethics" (so-called(!)) -- that accumulate as inevitable(?) attachments to most religions and the religious systems -- are _not_ divine. They are worldly, man-made stuff. They can (and do) lead astray from The Truth we seek, and often blind us as to see the worldly rules and dogma-system only.

The purpose of these rules is to get hold on people, our lives. Rules are for the rules. But spiritualy and Truth are for the seeker of inner gods and goddesses and individual and cosmic evolution.

Some people claim our ancient, profound culture to be inferior to monotheism. But this is _not_ the case. The terms primitive and evolved have been invented as labels to indicate this.
But: Quite the contrary: The invention monotheism was a drastic step backwards for humanity as it places an un-reachable God outside man (the church and redeemer "must") and deprives man of his might and main and access to his innermost power as a part of himself: the gods.
The Christian scholars even call the ancient, heathen culture and wisdom -- of their own ancestors -- that of cave-men!!!!! Why? Because Christians have been told to believe that patriarchy, the papal device for dominance (i.e. the church), is superior to our ancient, profound, heathen (pagan) spirituality. This point of view is arrogance derived from ignorance that comes from indoctrination and brain-washing -- and it is a lie. A deliberate lie as strategy. Óðsmál (Odsmal) explains it all to you.

I shall give you another example of the North-European attitude towards our ancient culture:
An ex-rector of a university (Icelandic) was (in 1997) publicly entertaining some audience with some porno-aspects and infidelity-tales of Freyja. The audience laughed his heads off as the lecture was wittingly written and professionally delivered by this humorous man. After the amusement was broadcasted on the National Radio in Iceland I phoned that ex-rector and gave him a "lecture" on heathen theosophy (on the phone), and allegory of myths and symbolic language. Freyja is not a woman; she is a creative power.
The ex-rector's reaction to my explanations of edda-poems' profound beauty was _a _long _silence. (The very subject of this ex-rector as a professor is - guess what: our Northern Mythology.)
Now you know why the book Óðsmál (Odsmal) was written. There is a need for this book now. People are no longer burned alive in Europe for being heathens, so we can tell sincerely the sweet truth.

Þrymskviða (Thrym's kvida) is the most delightful story of Þórr (Þór, Thor).
Þrymskviða(symbolic language)
Please listen to it (read it here) and try to find its deep meaning and multimeanings, as myths contain countless "levels";
I choose mine, you choose yours, but still I want to point out to you: broaden you present view; it might be narrow-mindeness(?):

You will not understand the allegory as it is not obvious without knowledge as a background, but hidden menaing is
(1) that of electricty (every aspect of myths on Þór correlate to electricity; did you ever think of it that way before???)
and
(also 2) that of the svastika for evolution (hammer of Þór) not doing any good hidden and lost in the past ages.
Þór (Thor) in us here and now must hold it, the hammer, the grinder of past, the grinder of obstacles. If matter changes not there is stagnation (hrímþurs, icy frozen rhyme-thurs)!
Please think of it that way, my lovely! You will discover a smile on your lips when the profundity of myths reveals itself to you.

The universal creative love (Freyja) can _not _ "go back" to union with past and bygone ignorance (Þrymur (Thrymur the thurs), --as she is creativity and evolution and the refined part of us that moves us forward.
She gets furious when asked to reverse her course and purpose 180° and be the spouse of past, already conquered, ignoarnce. Evolution of mankind must not be reversed; she protects Brísingamen (Brisinga-men, illuminated gem, humanity's access to inner light).

see what i mean:  evolution of an individual and mankind as a whole

The multi-level aspects of Þrymskviða (Thrym's-kvida, the poem about Þrymur (Thrymur)) the thurs are not explained further here, but you should try to do that for yourself. Try not only to read it as an amusing, silly, old myth (like most scholars and teachers, tant pis, still do).
Try to see the importance of Þórr (Thor, the powerful; our creative power within) for us men in Miðgarður (Midgardur, the world of men, the relative world, worldly life), and try to see the danger that we face if negative powers (decay, deterioration, negativity, ignorance) were to rule the world (and us).
Bear in mind that the devil does not exist. But do understand: Negative powers (rust, rot, decomposition, death) are an inevitable part of the cycles of life. Without change no renewal takes place. But we help the creative, positive powers for the sake of evolution and continuation of life on earth.
Mjöllnir (Mjoellnir, Mioelnir, the miller the grinder, the crusher) destoys the past to make space for creation and evolution; this is Þórshamar (Thor's hammer) as a swastika, well-wish of a clear bright creative future and life and lives to come.

See (when you dance through Þrymskviða (Thrym's kvida)) how impossible it is for the symbol of creative, all-embracing love (goddess Freyja), a creative, all-sustaining aspect of Natural Law, the eternal continuum of infinite dynamism, --- ....how impossible it is for Freyja to become the partner of negativity and the down-wards phase of the cycles (Þrymur þurs (Thrymur the thurs)).

Find Þór's (Thor's) role as the slayer of negative powers. They must not rule the world. He has to regain his hammer.

go eastwards, batter trolls (ignorance), let in the sunrays

Loki is the dual human nature, doing wrong things, but using his ingenuity in case of a crisis (the hammer stolen!!!).
Mankind is destined to live, (_if_, that is to say, it (mankind, humanity) is worthy of it(!). That is up to us, man.

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Þrymskviða (Thrymskvida)                             Mjöllnir
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Ása-Þórr (Asa-Thor) woke up and found out that his hammer had been stolen.
(For us men this is a most terrifying incidence, meaning total disaster.)
Þórr (Thor) became furious when he woke up to find out that his Mjöllnir (Mjoellnir, the crusher) was not there. He went to Loki and told him to find out where the hammer was.
Loki borrowed bird's wings from Freyja. She most willingly lent him the feathers.
Loki flew to the world of eotens.
Þrymur (Thrymur) the thurs, grooming his pets and domestic animals, casually asked Loki what was new.
-Terrible things, said Loki. -The hammer has been stolen.
Þrymur (Thrymur) told Loki that he himself (Thrymur) had stolen the hammer, and that he had hidden it eight rasts below earth. He would return it only if Freyja came to marry him.  The only thing that Thrymur didn't have was his beloved Freyja.
(Freyja is the power of boundless, universal love.)
Loki flew back to Ásgardur (the abode of æsir (aesir, the asa)). Þórr (Thor) was so eager to hear the news, that he told Loki to report before landing.
Loki and Þórr (Thor) went to Freyja, and asked her to put on a wedding-gown and drive with them to the world of eotens.
Freyja, who so lovingly lent her feathers for flying, now became furious! (The goddesses (and women) of the North have a will of their own.) -- Of course the proud Freyja refused.
Now Loki and Þórr (Thor) didn't know what to do.
Heimdallur came up with an idea: Þórr (Thor) must take on that wedding-gown.
Of course Þórr (Thor) didn't want to do that. He would be mocked, - laughed at. But  -  what else could there be done?
So,
Loki, as a female servant, and Þórr (Thor) as a bride, rode in Þór's (Thor's) wagon pulled by his two male-goats (Tanngnjostur and Tanngrisnir) to Þrymur (Thrymur) in the world of eotens (thurses).
Þrymur (Thrymur) was awfully happy and threw a party.
He was rather surprised to see the bride eat an ox and eight salmons, eating all the food meant for all female guests (thurs-maidens), and see her drink all the mjöð (mjöd (beer)).
But Loki told Þrymur (Thrymur) that "Freyja" had not eaten for eight days, as she looked so much forward to be married to him (Thrymur).
Þrymur (Thrymur) was going to kiss his beloved Freyja, but when he looked into her eyes (i.e. the eyes of Thor) he jumped back, terrified. He was shocked, as there was as if fire flashed from the bride's eyes.
Loki assured him that "Freyja" had not been able to sleep due to excitement, being the reason for her bad-looking eyes.
Þrymur (Thrymur) asked his servants to bring Mjöllnir (Mjoelnir), Þór's (Thor's) hammer, and put it on the laps of the bride.
Þórr (Thor) was relieved on regaining his hammer, and battered the eotens of course.






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