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Saturday, 11 August 2018

Odin After Ragnarok

It is generally believed that Odin will 'die' at Ragnarok whilst fighting the wolf Fenrir:

"Then the second grief of Frigg comes about when Odin advances to fight against the wolf, and the bright slayer of Beli against Surt; then the beloved of Frigg must fall." (Voluspa 53, Larrington translation)

Now note that it is said that Odin must "fall". He will be defeated yes but it does not state that he will 'die'. We are then told that Odin's son Vidar avenges His father by slaying Fenrir, the "kinsman" of Loki:
"Then the great son of War-father, Vidar, advances against the Beast of Slaughter; with his hand he stabs his sword to the heart of Loki's kinsman: then his father is avenged." (Voluspa 54, Larrington)

Now I am aware that Snorri Sturluson when writing in his Younger Edda states that "The wolf will swallow Odin. That will be the cause of his death." (Gylfaginning, Faulkes translation) However that is a very superficial understanding of the myth by Snorri. One must remember that the Poetic Edda is the elder of the two Eddas, whilst Snorri's Prose Edda is based mainly upon the earlier work although there are some details in the Younger Edda which do not occur in the older work. The Younger Edda is basically a teaching treatise of the techniques of skaldic poetry and whilst Snorri showed some sympathy for our ancient Gods it must not be forgotten that he was a Christian. He attempts to euhemerise the Gods both in his Edda and in the Heimskringla and this has caused a great deal of confusion amongst modern day seekers of truth who are led astray by some of his interesting but bizarre theories.

Can the Gods really die? I do not think so but I believe that they have the power to transform themselves if they so wish. Gods like all living beings are constituted of energy and energy cannot die: it changes or dissipates but it does not die. This is the First Law of Thermodynamics. If this is true of human beings then how much more so of the Gods? Indeed we have this remarkable passage in Gylfaginning:

"He lives throughout all ages and rules all his kingdom and governs all things great and small." (Faulkes)

If Odin "lives throughout all ages" then He is surely immortal? In fact after Ragnarok He will dwell in Gimle with the righteous dead as I have already discussed in my earlier article on Aryan Myth and Metahistory- Gimle-the Future Abode of Odin's Chosen The relevant Eddic passage which refers to this is:

"And all men who are righteous shall live and dwell with him himself in the place called Gimle or Vingolf, but wicked men go to Hel and on to Niflhel; that is down in the ninth world." (Gylfaginning, Faulkes) 

Currently no men, living or dead dwell in Gimle: it is the home of the light elves:

"But we believe it is only light-elves that inhabit these places for the time being." (Gylfaginning, Faulkes)

As my other article makes clear it will be the righteous believers in Odin who will find refuge from the fires of Surt at Ragnarok which I believe may very well be a nuclear holocaust. The devatation from this holocaust will be so severe that not only the earth but the heavens will be affected. However Gimle and its inhabitants will operate on a higher frequency of vibration as will Odin Himself as All-Father will dwell in Gimle after Ragnarok. The above verses make clear that this will be at a future time-after Ragnarok and Odin Himself will live for ever but He will abandon the stage to make way for the other Gods who will dwell on Idavoll "where Asgard had been previously." (Gylfaginning, Faulkes)


However Voluspa has this intriguing verse:

"Then the powerful, mighty one, he who rules over everything, will come from above, to the judgement-place of the gods." (Voluspa 65, Larrington)

Who is the "powerful, mighty one, he who rules over everything"? I believe that the clue is again found in Gylfaginning:

"He lives throughout all ages and rules all his kingdom and governs all things great and small." (Faulkes)