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Novel Gnosis part 24: Narvi

The children of Loki and Sigyn are Narvi, also called Nari or Narfi, and Vali, who shares a name with a son of Odin. Vali Lokisson and Vali Odinsson will have a shared entry in the Novel Gnosis series later. The Nar- root word means corpse.

The sweet children of Loki and Sigyn were caught in the web of fate. The gods exist outside of linear time, so they knew what was coming from the beginning. They chose to give life and to love and be happy for the time they had, even though they knew it would not last forever.

Loki once explained time to the human character P as being like a room. The gods can go in and out of a moment in time just like we humans can go in and out of a room. Even though these children only live in one room, it’s still a good room with good times in it. The doom doesn’t spoil the room. For the gods, the end of a life doesn’t ruin what’s good about that life.

Image: Corpse Twins by KylaBorg, creative commons via

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Erin Lale is the author of Asatru For Beginners, and the updated, longer version of her book, Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path. Erin has been a gythia since 1989. She was the editor and publisher of Berserkrgangr Magazine, and is admin/ owner of the Asatru Facebook Forum. She also writes science fiction and poetry, ran for public office, is a dyer and fiber artist, was acquisitions editor at a small press, and founded the Heathen Visibility Project.


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