ODIN'S WIFE
MOTHER EARTH
IN GERMANIC MYTHOLOGY
by William P. Reaves
Fully Revised and Expanded 2018 Edition
Now in Print for the First Time, Dec. 2018
 
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 Cover Art by Howard David Johnson (c) 2016
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The Definitive Study of Odin's Wife, Frigg
 For more than a millennium, the people of Northern Europe venerated an Earth goddess, which evidence attests is the oldest known Germanic deity. Called by a number of names, when the accounts are compared, common traits emerge. During Yule, she rides among her people in a wagon inspecting homes, rewarding the industrious and punishing the lazy. With her husband, she leads the fearsome Wild Hunt, riding through the winter skies, cleansing the air of evil. Most often identified as Odin’s wife, the ancients called her "Mother Earth", “Queen of Heaven”, and the "Mother of the Gods", roles firmly rooted in her Indo-European pedigree. Only now can the full scope of her reign be revealed. Presenting an in-depth study of Mother Earth in Germanic mythology and folklore from prehistoric times to the present day, with an emphasis on the primary sources of our mythic knowledge.
     
 
 

Introduction

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I.  The Prehistoric Context 13 
II. Nerthus, that is, Mother Earth 45
 III.  The Anglo-Saxon Æcerbót 81
IV. The Frau Holle Legends 89
V. Odin, the All-Father 137
VI. The Wild Hunt 189
VII. Frigg, Odin’s Wife 203
VIII. Frigg, Baldur’s Mother 215
IX. Jörd, Thor’s Mother 231
X. The Mother of the Gods 247
  Conclusion 295
     
  Appendix A:  Erce, Erce, Erce, eorþan modor
          The Text of the Anglo-Saxon Æcerbót
323
  Appendix B:  Frigg’s Son, Baldur 
                            Bonus Chapter 
327
     
  263 pages containing over 100 Illustrations and 2 Maps 
 
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  All Chapters have been Revised and Expanded for the 2018 Print Edition 
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The previously posted 2010 edition is a pale reflection of the printed book.
 
 
Additional Material: 
 
 
THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE FRAU HOLLE LEGENDS
Based on the Original Map presented in

 Frau Holle, Frau Percht und Verwandte Gestalten
Frau Holle, Frau Percht, and Related Figures
Erika Timm, 2003.
    
 
   The Temple at Old Uppsala  The Wild Hunt   The Cult of  Freyr and Freyja    
   Frau Holle & Crooked Jakob:
A Bavarian Legend
A Rose by any Other Name:
Earth Kennings
The Perchtan Dancers of Salzburg
An Eyewitness Account 1907
 
  Frau Holle (2010) Frigg of the Vanir (2010) Frigg, Odin's Wife (2010)  
  The Prehistoric Context (2010) Nerthus, that is, Mother Earth (2010) Frigg, Baldur's Mother (2010)  


 

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