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Huginn’s Heathen Hof

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There's a theory that some of the diversity found within the Lore is a type of mythological rendering of the subversion and assimilation of earlier religious elements. This theory is based on an understanding of the ways in which cultures and their religious beliefs and mythologies interacted with one another in other areas of the world where written records and archaeological evidence are more readily available. It applies this understanding to available evidence of cultural shifts, various migrations into Scandinavia, and the effects such changes may have had on the religion and mythology of the time.
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In Snorri Sturulson’s Prose Edda, the jötnar are portrayed as amoral at best and dangerous, destructive, and immoral at worst. In our decidedly Christianized modern society, these things feel very bad and frightening and the knee-jerk reaction is to recoil from and demonize them. This is what has happened with the jötnar, despite their integral role in the Norse pantheon; including the lineage of most of the gods and their frequent romantic interludes with the Vanir and Æsir.
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