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Thursday, January 28th, 2010, 07:13 AM
Why is this Forum Named Skadi?

Thursday, January 28th, 2010, 07:32 AM
I would think that it has to do with the reference to "Norse Mythology".

Norse mythology
Old Norse Skaoi
in Norse mythology, the giant wife of the sea god Njrd. In order to avenge the death of her father, the giant Thiazi, Skadi took up arms and went to attack the rival tribe of the gods (the Aesir) in Asgard, home of the gods. The Aesir, wanting to appease her anger, offered her the choice of one of their number for a husband, with the stipulation that she choose a god by his legs (or feet) alone. She chose Njrd, thinking that he was the fair god Balder; their marriage failed because Njrd preferred to live by ........
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by Micha F. Lindemans
A giantess, called the 'snow-shoe goddess', and the embodiment of winter. She is the wife of the god Njord. When her father Thiazi was slain by the gods, Skadi wanted to take revenge. The gods thought it wiser to reconciliate and offered her a marriage with one of them. She was free to marry any god, but while she made her choice she was only allowed to see the feet of the potential candidates. She noticed a very elegant pair and, convinced that their owner was the fair god Balder, she choose them. Unfortunately for her, those feet belonged to the older god Njord.
The marriage between Njord and Skadi was not a happy one. She wanted to live where her father had lived, in Thrymheim in the mountains, and Njord wanted to live in Noatun, his palace by the sea. So they agreed to spend the first nine days in the mountains and the following nine days by the sea. This arrangement did not work out very well, and they separated. Eventually, Skadi left Njord for the god Ull.
Old Norse: Skaoi
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Thursday, January 28th, 2010, 12:43 PM
Thanks Frippardthree, but i know who Skadi (or Scathe as i call here) is already. What i meant was why was this forum is named for her and not some other more obvious deity connected to knowledge, such as Woden or Mimor?

Thursday, January 28th, 2010, 12:54 PM
I liked 'the Althing' better. (the name, not the liberals on it :P)

Thursday, January 28th, 2010, 01:13 PM
An important theme in Indo-European religiosity (as well as Christianity) is the notion that a Golden Age lie in the past. That as time passes, with each successive age, greater ruin befalls men, as their hearts darken and evil grows. In the Vǫlusp of Eddic literature, we are given a glimpse of the last age:

45. (http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Vlusp)
Brr munu berjask | ok at bǫnum verask,
munu systrungar | sifjum spilla;
hart er heimi, | hrdmr mikill,
skeggǫld, skalmǫld, | skildir ro klofnir,
vindǫld, vargǫld, | r verǫld steypisk;
mun engi mar | ǫrum yrma.

45. (http://cybersamurai.net/Mythology/nordic_gods/LegendsSagas/Edda/PoeticEdda/Voluspo.htm)
Brothers shall fight | and fell each other,
And sisters' sons | shall kinship stain;
Hard is it on earth, | with mighty whoredom;
Axe-time, sword-time, | shields are sundered,
Wind-time, wolf-time, | ere the world falls;
Nor ever shall men | each other spare.

And then in Vafrnisml, inn asks the jǫtunn Vafrnir:

44. (http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Vaf%C3%BEr%C3%BA%C3%B0nism%C3%A1l)
"Fjǫl ek fr,
fjǫl ek freistaak,
fjǫl ek of reynda regin:
Hvat lifir manna,
er inn mra lr
fimbulvetr me firum?"

44. (http://cybersamurai.net/Mythology/nordic_gods/LegendsSagas/Edda/PoeticEdda/Vafthruthnismol.htm)
"Much have I fared, | much have I found,
Much have I got of the gods:
What shall live of mankind | when at last there comes
The mighty winter to men?"

The image of Skai, snow-shoeing through Winter, might then be a good example of how the Germanic folk (like other folk) must survive in the existential Winter that is Modernity; the Fimbulvetr.