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Maiden With the Mead

Maiden With the Mead

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THE MAIDEN WITH THEMEAD
A GODDESS OF INITIATION IN NORSEMYTHOLOGY?
MASTER DISSERTATION IN HISTORY OF RELIGIONS
DEPARTMENT OF CULTUREUNIVERSITY OF OSLO, SPRING 2004BY MARIA KVILHAUG
 
CONTENTS
Prologue……………………………………………………………………………………………………...51: Introduction…………………………………………………………………………………………..92: Sources………………………………………………………………………………………………….14
 
2.1: The Poetic Edda………………………………………………………………………………………………………………142.2: Divine Poems……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………152.3: Heroic Poems………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….162.4: Snorri´s Edda…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………172.5: Other Sources………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..182.6: The Reliability of the Sources…………………………………………………………………………………….18
3: Terminology and Previous Research………………………………………………….20
3.1: Some terms: Initiation, Sacred Marriage, Shamanism, Mystery Religions………….203.2: The Maiden with the Mead…………………………………………………………………………………………….273.3: Ritual and Initiation Reflected in the Norse Myths…………………………………………………313.4: The Great Goddess…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..35
4. Gunnlöd, Gerdr and the Giantesses……………………………………………………40
 
4.1: Giantesses in the Realms of Death.…………………………………………………………………………………404.2: GUNNLÖD AND THE MEAD OF POETRY……………………………………………………………………..414.3: An underlying Structure of Themes……………………………………………………………………………….444.4: The Maiden and her Kin: A Realm of Death? ……………………………………………………………….454.5: The Initiations and the Arts of Ódinn……………………………………………………………………………494.6: Ódinn as Divine Archetype.……………………………………………………………………………………………….514.7: Summary: What Ódinn learns.…………………………………………………………………………………………..524.8: THE WOOING OF GERDR.………………………………………………………………………………………………..564.9: The Structure of the themes in Gerdr´s story…………………………………………………………….574.10: The Maiden and Her Realm……………………………………………………………………………………………….584.11: The Gifts and the Threats……………………………………………………………………………………………….624.12: Skírnir as the Experienced Practitioner………………………………………………………………………..624.13: Summary and Conclusions to chapter 4………………………………………………………………………….63
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5. TheGreat Goddess………………………………………………………………………………….67
5.1: FREYIA – LEADING THE WAY TO
VALHÖLL 
……………………………………………………………715.2: Structural Elements in
Hyndluljod 
………………………………………………………………………………..73
 
5.3: Ogress versus Goddess –the Life and Death Opposition………………………………………….755.4: MENGLÖD – THE GREAT MAIDEN………………………………………………………………………………775.5: Structural Elements in
Svípdagsmál” 
………………………………………………………………………….79
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5.6: The Realm of the Dead in the
Fjölsvinnsmál 
……………………………………………………………….82
 
5.7: The Realm of the Giants in the
Fjölsvinnsmál 
……………………………………………………………..845.8: The Realm of the Maidens……………………………………………………………………………………………….85
 
5.9: Summary and Conclusions to ch.5……………………………………………………………………………………87 
6: The Reincarnating Valkyrie……………………………………………………………………90
6.1: A Summary of the Maiden-Stories in theHeroic Poems…………………………………………….936.2: The Vision Quest Theme……………………………………………………………………………………………………996.3: The Vision Theme……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….1026.4: The Descending Theme……………………………………………………………………………………………………..1036.5: The Trial Theme………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….1066.6: The Maiden Theme……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..1076.7: Ogress versus Valkyrie: The Life and Death Opposition……………………………………………1076.8: The three Worlds of Teaching…………………………………………………………………………………………1086.9: The Numbers Nine and Three…………………………………………………………………………………………..109
7: Masters of Initiation……………………………………………………………………………….112
7.1: The
Völur 
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….1127.2: Atli, Sinfiotli and Skírnir……………………………………………………………………………………………………..1147.3: The Maternal Uncle……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….117
 
7.4: Regin: Dwarf, Smith and
Thul 
……………………………………………………………………………………………….1187.5: Ódinn…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………119
 
8: The Mead and the Maiden…………………………………………………………………………120
8.1: The Maiden: Encompassing the Three Worlds……………………………………………………………………1208.2: The Two-Faced Goddess…………………………………………………………………………………………………………1248.3: The Great Lover………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..1268.4: The Precious Mead……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………1288.5: The Maiden unearthed: Archaeological Evidence………………………………………………………………1318.5: The Ultimate Master of Initiation……………………………………………………………………………………….134
9: Summary and Conclusions……………………………………………………………………………140
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