Meaning of Old Norse ‘Heill’ in Greetings

Written by Dyami Millarson Norse greetings are usually introduced with the adjective heill. In Dutch, the expression heel aankomen exists, which may be translated as to get there in one piece; to arrive somewhere uninjured. The Dutch adjective heel is apparemtly related to Old Norse heill, and the Dutch adjective is nowadays generally understood asContinue reading “Meaning of Old Norse ‘Heill’ in Greetings”

Sigrdrífumál 2-3: A Model for Folk Religious Prayer

Written by Dyami Millarson Verses 2 and 3 of Sigrdrífumál provide us with a model for Germanic folk religious prayer: (a) entities are invocated with good luck wishes/greetings, (b) favours are asked immediately after the invocations, and (c) alliterative verse is used for expressing the invocations and requests that may together be interpreted as constitutingContinue reading “Sigrdrífumál 2-3: A Model for Folk Religious Prayer”

Vé as a Place Guarded by Local Gods

Written by Dyami Millarson Vé (holy places, things) are protected by local Gods. The vé is not just dedicated to any number of local divine beings, but it is also their place of habitation. The deities associated with the vé are stead-bound. A similar notion of this stead-boundedness found among the Gods is expressed inContinue reading “Vé as a Place Guarded by Local Gods”

Thorism Defines Germanic Folk Religion

Written by Dyami Millarson Analysing Germanic religion as Thorism, the veneration of Thor, is practical for comprehending Germanic religion since Germanic folk religion is essentially Thorism while Thor was popular among all Germanic peoples. Thor was the God of the Germanic herdsman/farmer. The roaring of thunder did not just speak to his imagination and theContinue reading “Thorism Defines Germanic Folk Religion”

Large Wild Animals in the Germanic World

Written by Dyami Millarson Large wild animals were an intrinsic part of the nature scenes that influenced Germanic religion. So what were/are the large animals in the Germanic world? Based on the Old Norse vocabulary inherited from Germanic, the large wild animals that belonged to the scenery of the Germanic natural world were: björn (bear),Continue reading “Large Wild Animals in the Germanic World”