Please note that this is not a treatise on how all Gods are One God/dess— in Norse myth or otherwise. Norse myth contains distinct deified ancestors, locally-specific Gods and many other members of the pantheon such as Njordh, Mani, Baldr and Thor.

The Norse deities Odin, Loki, Frey and Tyr are the same God; their wife and sister Frigg, Sigyn, Gerd and Freyja are likewise the same being— in different roles, at different stages of their lives.

As we humans perceive them, these eight deities simultaneously exist as separate people, with separate histories and lives and so are portrayed in many ways as separate people in the myths. However, a closer look at the myths, surviving folklore, and scholarship will reveal remarkable similarities between them, a richness of moral complexity, fierce love for humanity, and a compelling depth of character and heroism worthy of our respect.

In my own experience as a seiðkona, a Norse seer, and that of many other modern worshipers, the hatred of Loki virulently present in Asatru is painful to him as the mourning father of two slain Gods, bound by his own intense grief— and damaging to all of us. Loki is ignored, denounced and maligned by Heathens who either have not met him, have not been exposed to enough recent scholarship, or who only work with a literal, dogmatic— and very Bible-like— understanding of the Icelandic Eddas, the largest corpus of Norse Lore available in modern times. Unfortunately, this viewpoint has been largely spread by Norse scholars themselves, influenced by Christianity, until very recently!

This will take awhile to unpack (probably a series of three or four blog posts, perhaps more), so I'll do it a point at a time and listen to responses along the way. I expect and welcome them, even if you vehemently disagree (and can state so in a respectful manner. If you cannot, expect no response.)

I will go by the lore in saying this, through his and her heiti (poetic use-names, describing a role), personality, objects of power, attributes, children and tales, using sources readily available in both the Icelandic Prose and Poetic Eddas. My analysis of available scholarship will include linguistic history, archaeology, art history, comparative mythology with three nearby cultures (continental Germanic, Celtic and Slavic— occasionally Classical) and folklore, with sources referenced. And, lastly, I will mention my own experience as a seiðkona and oracle, where applicable, which can be found woven throughout this blog.

Thank you.

Photos of the Stora Hammars Image Stone I from Wikipedia. It's one of many such picture-stones depicting Norse myth, scattered throughout northern Europe.