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Monday, July 11th, 2005, 01:28 PM

In the Viking age the most spectacular way of cursing an enemy was by the Niding Pole (the Nithstong or Scorn-Post). They were poles about nine feet (2.75 meters) long upon which insults and curses were carved in runes. Ceremonies were performed to activate the destructive magic of the pole. A horse's skull was fixed to the top of the pole, and it was stuck into the ground with the skull facing towards the house of the accursed person. The pole channeled the destructive forces of Hela, goddess of death. These forces were carried up the pole and projected through the horse skull. The runes carved on the pole defined the character and target of the destructive forces. Among others, triple Thorn [Thurisaz] runes and triple Is runes, were used to smite the enemy. When used maliciously, these had the effect of disempowering the accursed's will and delivering him or her to the forces of destruction. Here, the Thorn rune invokes the power of Thurs, the demonic earth-giant sometimes called Moldthurs. An example of this comes from Skrnisml, where the spell used by Skirnir against Freyr's reluctant lover, Gerdhr invokes harm using the Thorn rune. This provides the power for three other runestaves: 'I shall inscribe Thurs for you, and three runestaves: lewdness, and rage and impotence.

Magically, the Niding Pole was intended to disrupt and anger the earth sprites (Landvaettir, Land-Wights or earth spirits) inhabiting the ground where the accursed's house was. These sprites would then vent their anger upon the person, whose livelihood and life would be destroyed. Niding Poles were also used to desecrate areas of ground. This technique is called lfreka, literally the 'driving away of the elves', by which the earth sprites of a place were banished, leaving the ground spiritually dead...

On the Niding Pole, the horse skull invokes the horse rune Ehwaz, using the linking and transmissive power of the rune for the magical working. The horse is sacred to Odin, god of runes and magic.

[I]Excerpt from Rune Magic: The History and Practice of Ancient Runic Traditions

During the Viking Age to put a "nid" on someone was to put very powerful verbal curse upon them. The power of words was not taken lightly by these efficient warriors, so to make a curse of this kind was very serious. It was the ultimate insult, and used only in dire circumstances.

In the Saga of Egil Skallagrimsson (an Icelandic/Norwegian story from the 10th century) King Eirik Bloodaxe, wronged Egil and made him an outlaw. The feuding resulted in many dead on both sides. After a battle on the island of Herdla (near Norway), Egil raised a hazelwood pole on the top of this island, and on the top of the pole he placed a severed horse's head, aimed towards Eirik's home. On the pole he carved sacred runes, with a curse upon King Eirik. He also spoke this curse, this "nid":

"Here I place this "Nidstang" ("curse-pole"), and turneth it against King Eirik and Queen Gunnhild - turneth I this against all the gnomes and little people of the land, that they may all be lost, not finding their homes, until they drive King Eirik and Queen Gunnhild out of the country."

According to the legend, the curse soon took effect, and King Eirik and his Queen Gunnhild fled to the British Isles.

The Pleading of Busla
Heyr bn Buslu,
brtt mun hn sungin,
sv at heyrast skal
um heim allan,
ok rf llum,
eim sem heyra,
en eim fjndligust,
sem ek vil fortala.

Villist vttir,
veri dmi,
hristist hamrar,
heimur sturlist,
versni vertta,
veri dmi...

Sv skal ek jarma,
r at brjsti,
at hjarta itt
hggormur gnagi,
en eyru in
aldregi heyri
ok augu n
thverf snist...

Ef siglir,
slitni reii,
en af stri
stkkvi krkar,
rifni reflar,
reki segl ofan,
en aktaumar
allir slitni...

Ef rr,
raskist taumar,
heltist hestar,
en hrumist klrar,
en gtur allar
ok gagnstgar,
troist allar
trllahendr fyrir r...

S r hvlu
sem hlmeldi,
en hsti
sem hafbru;
skal r seinna
snu verra,
en ef vilt vi meyjar
manns gaman hafa,
villist vegarins;
ea viltu ulu lengri?

Trll ok lfar
ok tfrnornir
bar, bergrisar
brenni nar hallir,
hati ik hrmursar,
hestar strei ik,
strin stangi ik
en stormar ri ik,
ok vei veri r,
nema vilja minn gerir.

Komi hr seggir sex,
seg mr nfn eira
ll bundin,
ek mun r sna:
getr eigi rit,
sv at mr rtt ykki,
skulu ik hundar
hel gnaga...

Free English translation:

Hear Buslas pleading,
soon it will be sung,
all shall hear it,
evil to all who listen,
worst for him to whom
it is addressed.

Away you wights,
Exceptional events shall happen,
rocks shall shudder shake,
worlds shall tremble,
weather shall rage,
mighty things come ...

Evil I wish
into your breast
that poisonous vipers
gnaw on your heart
that your ears
grow deaf forever
and thy eyes
shall burst out of your head ...

Sailing, your
rigging shall
burst and the oars
pivots shall break,
be torn to shreds the sails,
sending it flying
the braces
shall break all ...

When you are riding,
the bridle shall break,
your horse shall go lame!
All your paths
shall be in
the trolls hands ...

Your bed shall be like
burning straw
On the raised hide
It shall be like the high sea
But much worse be happen
to you then:
When you want to enjoy
your virility with a girl
you shall never reach
the final satisfaction!
Shall I tell you more?

Dwarfes, Thurses
and witches
Mountain Trolls, elves and red norns
shall set your halls aflame!
Giants shall hate you,
Stallions kick you,
Straw stab you,
Storm numb you,
Pain shall be yours,
unless you obey my will!

Six shall come:
guess their names,
they are unbound and
I will reveal them:
Unless you guess them aright,
dogs shall devour you,
but your soul
shall go to hell!

Curse written by Grimner; Grimners Runes
Carl Johan Rehbinder:

I curse!
I curse all of them
who soil our glorious land
with unworthy actions.

I curse all of them
who borrow sacred symbols
Gungnir, Mjolnir and Sacred Staves -
Odin's spear, Thor's hammer
and runes, given by Odin's hand
and soil them
with unholy deeds.

I curse all of them
who in ugly costumes
and shaven heads
as well as suits
and ties
abuse the wisdom of our ancestors
our ancient ways
and our present faith.

I curse all of them
who want to silent
the mouths of others
for themselves to be heard
with their stupid bellowing.
I curse all of them
who put themselves above others
because of their paleness,
who trample on others
because of the colour of their skin,
foreign language,
or a different faith.

Upon the heads of these miscreants
I call all powers!
I call upon the gnomes,
and the little people
to scratch their bodies
and disturb their sleep.

I call upon the elf-smiths
to lay an iron ring
around their chests
giving little room for their spirit
little room for breath
to speak of evil.

I call upon the "rimthurses" (frost-giants)
from the depth of Niflheim
That they may freeze to their death
before they get a chance
to freeze others out.

I call Surt and his "fire-thurses"
That they may burn to their death
before others may burn
by their hands.

I call upon Loki
That he may twist their vision
so that they strike each other down
before they strike anyone else down.

I call upon Freya
So that these young men
never may share a woman's bed
and never have sons
or daughters of their own
as long as they want to hinder
others to do just that.

And I call upon Frey
That these young men
have their manhood gelded,
never being able to create anything good
for themselves,
never getting peace
or harvest,
as long as they want to hinder
others to do just that.

I call upon Thor
that he may protect us
from demonic evil
and I call upon his wrath
against the miscreants
who want to cause pain to others.

I call upon Odin
He who gave spirit
to man and woman.
He who together with his brothers
Honer and Lodur
gave life to man,
Body and Soul,
Ask and Embla,
Man and Woman.

I call upon Odin
and the "Norns".
Goddesses of destiny,
Urdh, Verdhandi and Skuld,
who together judge
everyone after death
that they may judge
these miscreants hard,
so that they
not even after their deaths
may escape their deeds of evil
against other sons and daughters
of Ask and Embla.

I set this "nid"
until these drooling servants
of evil and ignorance
do penance
and let each and one
stay by their land, their people
and their faith
wherever in our world
they may choose to live.

beowulf wodenson
Wednesday, July 27th, 2005, 11:43 PM
In England a similar practice was recorded using the head of a stag in the 12th century. I have been studying the tradition myself. Can have dangerous consequences for whoever erects the pole if they don't know what they're doing, according to some folks,bad luck to be associated with. I know of an individual very deserving of just such a thing though....:mad:

BTW, that Grimner fellow is one of those "heathens against hate" fools, I believe. They have erected "virtual nidstangs" against "nazis" and "racists" who they believe misuse the holy symbols. I find the idea of a virtual nidstang laughable, the genuine article would necessarily have to be physical and much more personal and specific. A little nidstang clipart and 'net curse doesn't exactly frighten me.