30 Days for Njord: The Lore

Njord, Thorskegga.jpeg

 

Recently I was tracking down some examples in the Lore in which Njord is called “a wise Wan (Vanir)” and I came across this article. It lays out almost every mention of Njord that we have from the Sagas and the Eddas, from Odin’s conversation with the wise jotun Vafþrúðnir in the Vafþrúðnismál regarding which Gods survive Ragnarok, to the reference of Njord as a king of Sweden in the Heimskringla.

Njord Vanir, King of Sweden It’s definitely worth bookmarking for future reference.

 

30 Days for Njord, Day 15: Just in Time

So, I love my Gods, and They usually support me. However, sometimes they do it in some strange ways, and often at the very last second. (For example, I was only able to go to PantheaCon last year because my tax return arrived the day that I left.)

This month they also cut it close, but they are covering my expenses, which is the goal. As my unemployment just ended earlier this month, I was kind of stuck. Then, on the 1st I got into a car accident. Luckily I wasn’t at fault–some guy just wasn’t paying attention and plowed into me at a stop light. Not fast enough to do major damage, but certainly enough for me to have to file a report. It wasn’t a bad one as far as car accidents go–neither I nor the car were severely damaged–and while the timing of the accident was really bad, there were no long-term negative repercussions. Now, I haven’t been in a car accident in at least ten years, so this did seem kind of random.

After all was said and done, however, I was able to get a settlement to cover my expenses for this month. (Who knew car accidents could be lucrative?)

It gets better.The accident money will carry me over until my loan dispersal check for my first quarter of school comes through. (Granted, it’s a loan, but still.) Then yesterday, I verified that I am indeed allowed to open an unemployment claim with my current state of residence, as the one with my previous state of residence had run out. (Again, who knew? I’ve ever been in any of these situations before.)

So yes, my financial stresses have been assuaged for the next few months. Not the way that I’d expected, certainly–but hey, if it works, I’ll take it! Hail Njord! Hail the Vanir!

30 Days for Njord, Day 13: Heathen Differences

Njord offering pole, iceland

Idol of Njord in the assembly hall of Ásatrúarfélagið, Reykjavík, Iceland. Photo by Eric O. Scott.

Today’s Njord offering is not something I wrote, but an article by Eric O. Scott that The Wild Hunt posted two years ago. It describes Scott’s visit to Iceland and a conversation which illuminated the difference between how we American Heathens think Icelandic Heathenry “should be” (read: violent and obsessed with Vahalla) and what Icelandic Heathenry actually is (hippie-ish and family-friendly). It’s a neat little snippet of a visit to Iceland. The photo, above, is from his trip, and is apparently the Njord God-pole that stands in their Assembly Hall.

30 Days for Njord, Day 12: Fishing

Fishing folk magic from 18th c. Norway: wind your fishing line with words of praise to Njord.

The old folk [folk in the olden days?] were always rather lucky when they went fishing. One night old Gunnhild Reinsnos (born in 1746) and Johannes Reinsnos were fishing in the Sjosavatn. They had taken a torch and were fishing with live bait. The fish bit well, and it wasn’t long before Gunnhild had a week’s supply of fish for her pot. So she wound her line around her rod with the words: “Thanks be to him, to Njor, for this time.”[31]