Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Norse Mythology Nibelung Ring Runes

Norse Mythology

Nibelung Ring Runes

The Ring of the Nibelung is a very old Norse Mythological story. It's theme has been used down through the centuries by may famous artists, composers and writers.

Wagner immortalized it with his famous Opera of the same name. J.R. Tolkien used it as the base for his Ring of Power which had the runes inscribed inside the band. . It is in the theme of “L 'Mort D'art” ( the story of King Arthur), Scott used it by embedding “The Sword in the Stone.”

Brothers Grimm used it in their wonderful story “Sleeping Beauty.” Even the story of Siegfried and the Dragon, used the Nibelung Ring theme. And many, many more too many to name.

Where did it all start? Where did the legends come from? We have a clue in “Die Walkure.” This is the story of Odin and the Valkyrie Brunhilde.

Once a upon a time, the Northern Gods found themselves in a dilemma. They had a very powerful ring inscribed with Runes in their possession. They could not allow their enemy, a giant, to get possession of it. That would spell their doom.

So they built a citadel and had nine Valkyrie maidens guarding it. All of them were daughters of Odin and Erda.

Odin went to Midgard and united himself with a mortal woman. He called himself, Walse, meaning “wolf”. He wanted to found a formidable race called the 'Walsungs.'

The first two Walsungs were Siegmund and Sieglinde. But before they could marry, Sieglinde was carried off by a rough hunter called Hunding.

Siegmund fought Hunding until l the darkness separated them. Siegmund found his way to Hunding's house. Hunding returned, and since he could not fight Siegmund in his home he offered him combat for the next morning.

That night a mysterious stranger, the God Odin, came and thrust a sword up to the hilt into the trunk of a tree in front of Hunding's home.

Odin said it could only be drawn out by the bravest. This gave Siegmund the edge, being part god himself. He easily drew the sword out of the trunk. Odin then ordered Brunhilde, the Valkyrie, to help Siemund in the upcoming fight.

Frigga, Odin's wife was furious that Odin gave Siegmund such an advantage. She demanded he back off. Odin yielded and commanded Brunhilde to see that Siegmund failed. Brunhilde went to kill Siegmund, but her heart melted and she could not kill him.

For her disobedience, Odin revoked Brunhilde's power. Odin then condemned her to wed the mortal who should awaken her. He swore that only the bravest of heroes would be able to wake her up. Odin kissed Brunhilde and cast her into a deathlike slumber. He struck his staff on the rocks and summoned Loge, the fire God.

Flames in the form of protection Runes ( not unlike the rune Thurisaz) sprang up and surrounded the sleeping Valkyrie maiden.

Look at how many wonderful stories sprang up from this little tale!

Ragnar Storyteller (AKA Ellis Peterson is a Korean War Vet living with his wife Lory and dog Dixie in the boonies of the Pocono Mountains. He is a retired math professor and electronics engineer. He is the inventor of the simple radionics device called “The Nordic Ond Orgone Generator”. He has written over 200 articles and booklets on runes, radionics, quantum physics, viking history, orgone generators and alternate healing methods. You can see more of his works on his websites:


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