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    Freyr and Metals

    Christians used to desecrate temples of Freyr by casting metal weapons onto the premises. This is because he had given up his sword in the mythology; in fact, he will have only a stag's antler as a weapon in Ragnarok. Does this mean that an altar dedicated to Freyr should have no metal weapons on it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by KveldulfR View Post
    Christians used to desecrate temples of Freyr by casting metal weapons onto the premises. This is because he had given up his sword in the mythology; in fact, he will have only a stag's antler as a weapon in Ragnarok. Does this mean that an altar dedicated to Freyr should have no metal weapons on it?


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    Freyr giving his sword (a phallic symbol) to his new bride can be read on many levels. Also, I think in late Scandinavia it was traditional for a young warrior to give a sword to his bride's family as a pledge of troth.

    Weapons were not permitted directly in Freyr's temples because he was a god of frith. However, Freyr had a cult of warriors who used the boar as a symbol. Freyr's warriors fought to preserve Frith.

    Perhaps a better symbol for Freyr to be used on an altar would be an antler.

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