She ruled the bright clouds that gleam in the summer sky, and caused them to pour their showers on meadow and forest and mountain. The earth will be shaken as when there is a great earthquake; the waves of the sea will roar and the highest mountains will totter and fall. Near the roots in the dark under-world sat the Norns, or fates. He only can sound the horn whose blast can be heard through heaven and earth and the under-world. Bruin, the bear, and his neighbors, the hedgehogs and squirrels, crept into holes and refused to eat for weeks and weeks. But so must the giants and Loki. Then Loki, the spirit of evil, will break loose from the fetters with which the gods have bound him. All except the Huns belonged to the same race and are known as Teutons. Donar or Thunor was much more popular among the rural population than Wodan (Odin). Of all the trees the most wonderful was a great ash tree, sometimes called the “world tree.” Its branches covered the earth and reached beyond the sky till they almost touched the stars. The trees will be torn up by the roots, and even the “world tree” will tremble from its roots to its topmost boughs. But she forgot the mistletoe. Woden along with six other deities was mentioned in the Second Merseburg Charm, c. 900. Ing was the ancestral god of the Germanic tribes – the Angles and the Saxons. So she went to every beast on the land and every fish of the sea and every bird of the air and to every tree of the wood and every plant of the field and made each promise not to hurt Baldur. Like Odin, Wodan was the god of hanging. One morning when he looked toward earth from his father Woden’s palace black clouds covered the sky, but he saw a splendid rainbow reaching down from the clouds to the earth. From this we can see that he was the thunder god. Her name appeared in the Second Merseburg Charm (c. 900) as Frea, in Saxony. Like the old Greeks and Romans they had many gods. To the north of Ginnungagap it was bitterly cold. From them have come the greatest nations of modern times. He rode through the air mounted on Sleipnir, an eightfooted horse fleeter than the eagle. I enjoyed that. Tiwaz: Tiwaz was one of the earliest known Germanic god. It was always bright, and was the home of light and heat. The Romans had identified Donar with the Roman thunder-god, Frija was the goddess of childbirth and midwifery. All Rights Reserved. The Teutons prayed to Tiew when they went into battle. Wodan was an ancient Germanic sky god. From its five hundred and forty gates, each wide enough for eight hundred men abreast to march through, the warriors rushed every morning to fight a battle that lasted till nightfall and began again at the break of each day. Frija was the wife of Woden and the queen of the gods. Like the Greeks and Romans, the Teutons had twelve gods and goddesses, among whom were Odin or Wotan, the king, and his wife Freya, queen of Beauty and love. She ruled the bright clouds that gleam in the summer sky, and caused them to pour their showers on meadow and forest and mountain. Frija’s son was Baldur; who was the favorite of all the gods. He needs no more sleep than a bird and can see for a hundred miles either by day or night. Thanks. Your contributions make this all possible. The gods must die. Thor, a son of Woden, ranked next to him among the gods. Wodan was particularly popular among the noble class, but was less popular among the working class and peasants. Irmin was either equated with. Frija was the wife of Woden and the queen of the gods. He was a son of Woden and was the god of battle. The Teutons prayed to Tiew when they went into battle. Thanks for being a reader of this site. The latest radio shows from our sister site. Your generosity is very much appreciated and needed. Honest, uncensored, and hard-hitting articles. The sun and moon will cease to shine and the bright stars will fall from the sky. When the tempest roared the Teutons said it was the snorting of Sleipnir. The Cimbri, the Heruli and the Goths carrying out sacrificial rite, by stabbing and burning their victims. They and their father were so strong that the gods were afraid of them.