Odin's Wife
—MOTHER EARTH
IN GERMANIC MYTHOLOGY
An Original Investigation by William P. Reaves © 2017

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Odin and Frigg Survey the Worlds from Hlidskjalf.  R.E. Kepler, 1902

KEY TO THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE FRAU HOLLE LEGENDS IN CENTRAL EUROPE
~ʘʘʘ—
[Frau Holle] ʘ [Frau Percht] ʘ [Frau Gode] ʘ [Frau Herke] ʘ [Frau Frekka]ʘʘʘ~

~ʘʘʘ—[Frau Holle] ʘ [Frau Percht] ʘ [Frau Gode] ʘ [Frau Herke] ʘ [Frau Frekka]ʘʘʘ~
   
Detail of a Color-Coded Map showing the Distribution of the

Legends of Frau Holle, Frau Percht and Related Figures in Central Europe. 

—used with permission from—
 Frau Holle, Frau Percht und Verwandte Gestalten
Frau Holle, Frau Percht, and Related Figures
Erika Timm, 2003.
     
  Odin's Wife
— MOTHER EARTH
IN GERMANIC MYTHOLOGY
by William P. Reaves
 
Draft edition 2010
Announcing:
2017 Edition Forthcoming.
Revised and expanded with new evidence.
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The Original
Table of Contents
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An Introduction to the Investigation
I.  The Prehistoric
Context
II.  Nerthus III. The Anglo-Saxon
Aecerbot
IV.  Frau Holle
V.  Odin VI. The Wild Hunt VII.  Frigg,
Odin's wife
VIII. Frigg,
Baldur's Mother
XI. Frigg
of the Vanir
IX.  Hlín,
A Name for Frigg and Jörd
X. Odin's Wife,
Jörd
XII. In Conclusion
Mother Earth in Germanic Mythology

Additional Material:

"The wife of Odin was also called Frea or Fricca, and was largely worshiped in Germany. She was called Holda by the Franks, Bertha by the Bavarians, and Isis by Tacitus. She occupies with Oden the castle Hlidskialf in the clouds, and her spindle is Orion's belt. While she foresees the fate of men, she reveals the future to none. Frigga personifies the all-producing earth." Frithiolf's Saga: A Legend of Ancient Norway, from the Swedish of Esaias Tegnér (1825), translated by Clement B. Shaw (1910).

   The Temple at
Old Uppsala
  "A Rose by any Other Name"
Earth Kennings
The Cult of
Freyr and Freyja  
 
   Frau Holle &
Crooked Jakob:
A Bavarian Legend 
The Perchtan Dancers
 of Salzburg

An Eyewitness Account with Photographs 1907

Frau Holle:Frau Holle:
in the Märchen and Beyond

by Kerby Lynn Boschee (2006)

   
 
1828 Christian Karl Barth,  Hertha und über die der Religion Weltmutter im alten Teutschland.
1872 Karl Blind, "Freia-Holda, The Teutonic Goddess of Love", Cornhill Magazine.

 

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