Skadi

skadhiSkadi is the Goddess of Winter and of the Hunt. She is married to Njord, the gloomy Sea God, noted for his beautiful bare feet (which is how Skadi came to choose him for her mate.) Supposedly the bare foot is an ancient Norse symbol of fertility. The marriage wasn’t too happy, though, because she really wanted Balder for her husband. She is the goddess of Justice, Vengeance, and Righteous Anger, and is the deity who delivers the sentence upon Loki to be bound underground with a serpent dripping poison upon his face in payment for his crimes. Skadi’s character is represented in two of Hans Christian Anderson’s tales: “The Snow Queen” and “The Ice Princess.”

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  1. bobby7

    h.c.andersen was a famous poet yes but its just afiry tales like the little mermaid he was a christian who had nothing to do whit norse mytholygy < (my grammar sucks im danish)

    • weber73

      I’d heard the Snow Queen was based on the cold indifference of a woman who’d rejected him, and the Ice Maiden was based on something his father had said while he was sick and dying, after identifying the outline of a woman in the frost on his window. So unless Skadi is real and was influencing those events the similarities are largely coincidental!

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