View Full Version : Hermaphroditic/Bearded Frigga?

Saturday, March 25th, 2006, 12:52 PM
Found by chance this (http://www.popmatters.com/columns/thomson/060321.shtml) article where it says:

Norse pagans worshipped the Earth goddess Friga, who was repeatedly portrayed as a woman with a beard. In fact many of the most well-known pagan deities, such as Aphrodite or Venus, names now synonymous with femininity, were worshiped as having beards once; usually in rituals that involved fake facial hair worn by the women who worshipped them.

Another source (Imagined More Than Woman by Emma Donoghue, University of Cambridge, UK) says:

A footnote explains that Venus, like Friga, was often worshipped as an idolwith a beard, a divinely hermaphroditical female rather than a truehermaphrodite.

Anyone heard anything similiar?
Reasons for that?
Has that maybe something to do with a reinterpretation of the naming of the Lombards?

The Winnilies lived on an island called Scadanan. They were ruled by two chieftains,
called Ybor and Agio, and their mother, Gambara. The Vandals moved in with their army,
and the two Vandal chieftains, Ambri and Assi, ordered the Winniles either to pay or to
engage with them in battle. The Winniles chose to fight their opponents. Then the
Vandals entreated Godan to grant them victory, and he replied that he intended to bestow
victory on those whom he first saw at sunrise. Not to be outdone, Gambara approached
Godan’s wife, Frea, for advice. She suggested that the warriors of the Godan’s wife
should line up at sunrise, accompanied by their wives with their hair let down and held
around their faces to resemble beards. When day broke, Frea turned around the bed of the
still sleeping Godan to face the east and then woke him. On seeing the Winniles lined up,
Godan exclaimed, Who are these long-bearded ones?” Frea then commented that since he
had given the Winniles a name, he had to give them victory. Consequently the Winniles
defeated the Vandals and were thenceforth called ‘Langobards’.

Source (http://www.arts.usyd.edu.au/departs/medieval/saga/pdf/303-martin.pdf)

The Horned God
Saturday, March 25th, 2006, 01:20 PM
I wonder how or if this fits in with the nineteenth century fascination with bearded ladies in carnival side-shows?


Monday, April 17th, 2006, 03:49 PM
I prefer to think of her like this:


A drawing of Frigga I found somewhere on the net, I don't know who the artist is.

Monday, April 17th, 2006, 05:15 PM
My picture of Frigga has always been the following one, originally depicted in "Odin" by Kayser-Langerhanß ( a poetic collection), and I prefer to stick with it. ;)


Saturday, May 27th, 2006, 03:30 AM
I dont get it, its the langobards who had the beards not frea.

i am not aware of any reference to frea/frigg having a beard in any litterature or sources , sounds dis-respectful to me..

its a load of crap this goddess was NEVER portrayed as bearded in the litterature, and as far as i know there ar,nt any known images of her
from heathen times, so where does this guy get his information from?