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Sunday, 20 February 2011

Vali the Avenger


Vali is one of the seven Gods who either survive Ragnarok or are resurrected from Hel.
Along with his brother Vidar and Thunor`s two sons Magni and Modi and Hoenir He survives Ragnarok to be one of the deities of the new Golden Age. Baldr and Hothr are themseves resurrected from Hel.
Vali is the son of Woden and the Goddess Rindr who was bred specifically to avenge the murder of His brother Baldr by killing his brother Hodr. There are at most three references to Vali in the Eddas and in one of these His identity is inferred but He is not named.

"There dwell Vidar and Vali
In the gods` holy seats,
When slaked Surtur`s fire is
But Modi and Magni
Will Mjolnir possess,
And strife put an end to."

[Younger Edda]

"Vidar and Vali will the gods` holy fanes inhabit, when Surt`s fire shall be quenched.Modi and Magni will Miollnir possess, and warfare strive to end."

[Elder Edda]

"Rind a son shall bear, in the western halls: he shall slay Odin`s son, when one night old. He a hand will not wash, nor his head comb, ere he to the pile has borne Baldr`s adversary. By compulsion I have spoken; I will now be silent."

[Elder Edda]

Vali, whose name in Old Norse means `Little Warrior` is an avenging God and no doubt He will be a personification of the avenging Kalki Avatar who must appear before the close of the Kali Yuga at Ragnarok to take vengeance on the enemies of our Gods before the new Golden Age may begin. It is on the 14th day of every Februray that we keep his holy feast.