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Category: Modern Heathenry

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.
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.
Heathenry, in all of its many forms, is a reconstructed (or "reconstructed-ish") religion. As Heathens, we're essentially taking as much as we can about what Ancient Heathens did and said and bringing it forward to guide our own religious and spiritual practices. Some Heathens stick as close to the information found in the sagas and eddas as they can; other Heathens are inspired by the materials in these resources but do not attempt to use any idea or belief verbatim. Whichever side of the Heathen spectrum we fall on, however, we all have the same basic problem: we only have a limited amount of information to go on. This being the case, how can we recreate full, living Heathen religion?
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