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Author: Cara Freyasdaughter

Cara Freyasdaughter is a devotional polytheist dedicated to Freya, Freyr, and Gerd who works within a reconstructed-ish Heathen tradition. A current member of The Troth and former member of ADF, she previously blogged at Patheos as “Happily Heathen”. She also blogs about her experiences as a polytheist at Silver and Gold (thegoldthread.wordpress.com). Currently, Cara leads Heathen and polytheist rituals and classes in northern Illinois. Cara is one of the founders of the SF Bay Area group The Vanic Conspiracy, and is currently a member of the Ashwood Hearth in Chicago.
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As a polytheist, I’ve found that they are many challenges involved with being a woman dedicated to Freyr. One of my biggest issues with Him, and one of the reasons it took me so long to come back to Him, was the myth of how He won his jotun wife, Gerda. It’s a fascinating story told in the form of an old-fashioned narrative ballad (unlike most of the surviving tales), and at first glance it doesn’t really portray Him in a very positive light.
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When I first started this series, I thought it was going to be pretty straightforward. I mean, everyone knows who the Gods are, right? However, relatively quickly I found out that this was not as easy as it sounds. Does Freyr’s Jotun bride, Gerd, count as a Vanir or as a Jotun? Balder is clearly an Aesir god, but no one seems to actively worship Him, so should He even be included? Long story short, Norse mythology is messy. It just is. Best to accept it and move on.
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