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The Ynglingar

In any mythology, even fictitious ones as we know from Tolkien, there is always an origin, a source or a historical reference, no matter how fragile. We haven’t even begun to unravel the distant threads in time that has lead to the creation of the Norse Mythological pantheon, and if we needed the right place to begin, then it begins here, with the royal house of the Ynglings, called the Ynglingar. Perhaps, it is an impossible task, since Historians often added fable to fantasy and fantasy to fable to lend credence to the myths held to be all pervasive in Viking times. And yet, there exist fragments, glimpses into possibility that connections existing across bloodlines that stretched farther back than we can know with any certainty, since no records exist to tell fact from fiction.

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Myths of Creation
In Norse mythology, Ragnarök is a series of future events, including a great battle foretold to ultimately result in the death of a number of major figures (including the gods Odin, Thor, Týr, Freyr, Heimdallr, and Loki), the occurrence of various natural disasters, and the subsequent submersion of the world in water.

Hang on a minute, isnøt it the same with Egyptian mythology?
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Once there was another Sun and another Moon; a different Sun and a different Moon from the ones we see now. Sol was the name of that Sun and Mani was the name of that Moon. But always behind Sol and Mani wolves went, a wolf behind each. The wolves caught on them at last and they devoured Sol and Mani. And then the world was in darkness and cold.

In Norse mythology, Creation is manifested out of the waters of darkness and Ragnarök is a series of future events, including a great battle foretold to ultimately result in the death of a number of major figures (including the gods Odin, Thor, Týr, Freyr, Heimdallr, and Loki), the occurrence of various natural disasters, and the subsequent submersion of the world in water.

Both share many common traits with Ancient Egypt.
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The origins of the Maelstrom

Grottasongr is what can be called a true Scandinavian fairy tale, in essence a poem put to song by two young slave girls. Slavery is one of the most overlooked aspects of Old Norse culture, and it was common for girls and boys to be bought to serve in the houses of the fledgling nobility.

The Prose Edda tells us that is a time of peace – the Pax Romana having spread to the lands of the North – that their ruled in Denmark king Frothi. This King of legend travels to his counterpart Kings in Sweden, journeying to Old Uppsala. Here he buys two slave girls called Menya and Fenya, both big and strong. They are taken back to Denmark, to serve the Danish house of the Scyldings at Old Lethra, serving King Frothi, or Frode, or Frodo, a name that is familiar to all of us. The two girls are put to work, tied to a magic grindstone, Grótti too big for any man to turn.

They are ordered to grind without rest, grinding out the wealth for the king and sing for his household. King Frothi is demanding, and the no matter how hard the girls work for him, it is never enough and on they must grind. Eventually they reveal to the king that they are descended from Mountain Giants, that they are infamous warriors and feel that they feel badly treated and prophesize the coming of a great army that will take from him the wealth they have created. They tell him, that they require the blood of human sacrifice to warm them. Their message falls on deaf ears and on they grind until they break the turning ark of the grindstone.

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The Black Sun is a pagan symbol that predates Christianity.

The cult of the black sun has no direct linear trace to legend or myth, but seems to have origins in the poetric Edda poem Völuspá. In stanza 41, the völva says:

Old Norse:

Fylliz fiǫrvi
feigra manna,
rýðr ragna siǫt
rauðom dreyra.
Svǫrt verða sólskin
of sumor eptir,
veðr ǫll válynd
Vitoð ér enn, eða hvat?

English:

It sates itself on the life-blood
of fated men,
paints red the powers’ homes
with crimson gore.
Black become the sun’s beams
in the summers that follow,
weathers all treacherous.
Do you still seek to know? Or what?

The symbol of the black sun or Sonnenrad is a sunwheel for the “Black Sun” with origins in Germanic Zierscheibe (German for “ornamental disk”) an ornamental brooche from the Iron Age found in women’s graves and are thought to have been worn as pendants attached to the tunica, or as part of a belt pouch.

Early examples date to ca. 800 BC. with characteristic designs notably attested from Alamannic graves from the migration period.

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#2001 a Space Odyssey was made in 1968. That is 50 yrs. ago. Mankind is taken a little bit longer to get to the orbital space station and the film could have been renamed 2101 a Space Odyssey instead. But even in 2101, the impact of the vision, the power of the undercurrents and the sheer genius of a thematically inspired plot driven by hidden meanings will just be as powerful as today.

Multiple allegorical interpretations of 2001 have been proposed, including seeing it as a commentary on Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophical tract Thus Spoke Zarathustra (theme music of same name), or as an allegory of human conception, birth and death.
The latter can be seen through the final moments of the film, which are defined by the image of the "star child," an in utero fetus. The star child signifies a "great new beginning," as well as the emergence of a more upgraded version of humanity that will move away from self-destructive tendencies and be more tuned in to the good of all.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180404-why-2001-a-space-odyssey-remains-a-mystery
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From Goths to Vikings

In the centuries leading up to the #VikingAge, these were those tribes from which a 'Viking' identity was created.

This collection on G+ will be used to provide insight into these peoples, based on years of painstaking research as part of a project documenting all the sources concerning Viking Legends and Norse Mythology.

The tale of the legendary bloodlines of these tribes and who these people really were is the subject of ongoing research. As well as an age of heroes, it is also an age of turmoil, when the might of Rome was fading fast, Generals rebelled, not least among them Constantinus of Britain, as told by Procopius:

“And the island of Britain revolted from the Romans, and the soldiers there chose as their king Constantinus, a man of no mean station. [407 A.D.] And he straightway gathered a fleet of ships and a formidable army and invaded both Spain and Gaul with a great force, thinking to enslave these countries… the Romans never succeeded in recovering Britain, but it remained from that time on under tyrants. And the Goths, after making the crossing of the Ister, at first occupied Pannonia, but afterwards, since the emperor gave them the right, they inhabited the country of Thrace. And after spending no great time there they conquered the West. But this will be told in the narrative concerning the Goths.”

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Song of the Nibelungs
The Epic Germanic Tale of Love, Death, and Revenge

Like many ancient poems and epic tales, the 13th century saga of The Nibelungenlied, or "The Song of the Nibelungs", is based on both myth and history. Written by an unknown author, the tale remains one of the premiere ancient Middle High Germanic texts, highlighting complicated politics, love, and war.

The second part of "The Song of the Nibelungs" picks up with the introduction of new characters, most significantly King Atilla of the Huns, known in this text as Etzel of Hungary. He decides to wed the beautiful widow Kriemhild, as his own wife has recently passed, and Kriemhild accepts this proposition, recognizing in this new king the power to get revenge for her first husband. It took seven years before Kriemhild was able to act on her desires, first having to appear the happy and content bride of the Hungarian king, providing him an heir for his throne. Kriemhild invites her brothers and Hagen to her new home and, though Hagen is weary, they all deign to go.

Upon learning from Hagen that the Nibelung treasure has been sunk, Kriemhild is given the perfect opportunity to begin her vengeance anew. When Hagen wears Siegfried's sword in public, the widowed queen reaches her limit. She brings forth her son by Etzel, Ortlieb, raised by his mother to enact her revenge. She knows that Hagen would fear the young lad as a future enemy king.

Hagen, for all his cleverness, is easily instigated. A battle ensues, in which Hagen slays Ortlieb where he stands. With the young prince dead, the Hungarians attack the Nibelungs, and the former greatly outnumber the latter. Gunther and Hagen are captured by Kriemhild's men, and Kriemhild orders Gunther's death and she herself slaughters Hagen with Siegfried's sword, Balmung. Kriemhild is, quite anticlimactically, slain by one of Eztel's warriors, a man named Hildebrand, a soldier horrified by the actions of his second queen.


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