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Thor’s Day Alert #11: Heimdall

Happy Thor’s Day, everybody!

Last week I wrote about Bifrost, the bridge upon which Norse gods travel between Asgard and Midgard. It stands to reason that if the gods could come down the bridge, then other things could go up it.

So, gods being gods and having all sorts of rules about who, what, and how one joins them in the heavens, the Norse gods decided to post a watchman to guard Bifrost lest any fool stumble into Asgard. The name of this guardian-god is Heimdall.

From his keep called Himinbjorg, Heimdall watches for the biggest fools of all: giants, the mortal enemies of Norse gods. It’s said that Heimdall can see for a hundred leagues, whether it be day or night. And the sound of neither grass growing from the ground nor wool growing on sheep escapes his ears.

Heimdall is also called the white god, and he has gold teeth.Β  (Please keep any grill jokes to yourself — I’m pretty sure Heimdall is NOT a gangsta!) He possesses a horn named Gjallarhorn, which when blown can be heard throughout the Nine Worlds. Indeed, with a blast from Gjallarhorn Heimdall calls to arms Norse gods and Norse warriors at Ragnarok — the twilight of the gods.

The last cool thing to know about Heimdall is that he has a chant, which goes something like this:

From nine mothers, I am one.
From nine sisters, I am son.

That’ll give you something to think about ’til next week.

But whatever you do, please, PLEASE, don’t think about Heimdall’s gold teeth whilst imagining him bustin’ — er, speaking — this rhyme!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you Tuesday, when I just might explain what HBO’s Entourage program has in common with this blog.

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6 responses

  1. Ah, the Norse and the number nine. I find their belief in the magic of that number creeping into everything I do.

    Soon, I’ll be a part of a new website of fantastic writers and guess how many we will be? Nine. πŸ™‚

    December 11, 2008 at 10:18 am

  2. davidfarney

    The ninth of nine writers, eh? That can only be a good omen!

    The topic of Norse and nines is on my to-blog list. If you’d like to do a guest post here on the subject, consider yourself invited — I’ll hold off on doing it myself. At the very least do it for your blog and holler at me so I can post a link . . . I’d love to read it and hear how Norse nines influence your writing.

    By the way, next year we have the date 9-9-9. I don’t know if I should be excited or creeped out!

    December 11, 2008 at 6:31 pm

  3. I forgot to come back and check on my comment. Hmm. I may take you up on that invite. πŸ™‚

    January 6, 2009 at 12:05 pm

  4. davidfarney

    I figured this was just your way of paying me back for bailing on the Billy Idol thread at your blog. πŸ™‚

    I’ll go ahead and save the Nines topic for ya for when your first novel comes out. How’s that? I’m pulling for you!

    January 6, 2009 at 6:45 pm

  5. Pingback: Thor’s Day Alert #27: Norse Myth and the Number Nine « STORM OF THE NORTH

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