Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Famous Viking Sigurd Snake-In-The-Eye, Son Of Ragnar Lodbrok
Do observe the robust role of women in norse mythology. This reflects a continuation of Celtic and German pre Christian cuture. The woerds used are interesting as well. That a single women could be a shield maiden makes good sense. Women sometimes could also handle a sword but that always had to be exceptional. Yet do recall that upper body strength was acquired through rowing those long boats. So a strong enough women was a real possibility and always welcome to lend a hand at the oars.
With that stength, sword work would become a matter of skill.
Again this Saga provides a valuable snapshot of an Heroic Age Culture similar to the culture of the Trojan Wars two thousand years earlier and occuring in the Baltic, contrary to present belief. Two thousabd years earlier, though we had a similar culture with Gilgamish.
Famous Viking Sigurd Snake-In-The-Eye, Son Of Ragnar Lodbrok And The Mark Of Fafnir Prophecy
Ellen Lloyd – AncientPages.com – Like most of Ragnar Lodbrok’s sons, Sigurd “Snake-In-The-Eye” was a unique individual. His fascinating story is about prophecy, love, honor and vengeance.
Famous Viking hero Ragnar Lodbrok was a legendary and fearless Sea-King who became one of the most important Vikings in history. His life story is unusual, but the same can be said about his sons.
Left: Sigurd Snake in the Eye Played by David Lindström. Credt: History Channel. Right: Mark of Fanfir. Credit: Public Domain
Ragnar Lodbrok Meeting With Aslaug, Daughter Of Hero Sigurd And Valkyrie Brynhildr
Lodbrok had several children with different women and one of them was beautiful Queen Aslaug who was daughter of the legendary Norse hero Sigurd and famous shield-maiden Brynhildr.
Norse Sagas tell that Aslaug’s father, the Sigurd Fafnirsbane killed the fearsome dragon Fefnir with his magical sword.
It’s a famous event that has been depicted on several Norse runes.
Illustration by Hermann Hendrich 1906 – Read the story
Aslaug’s mother, Brynhildr was a Valkyrie. In Norse mythology, the Valkyries were the choosers of the slain. The Valkyries were females riding on horses armed with helmets and spears. They would decide who would die in battle and drift over the battleground to find their prey.
Selecting among half of those who die in battle the Valkyries bring their chosen to the afterlife hall of the slain, Valhalla, ruled over by the great god Odin.
In another article on Ancient Pages, it was related how shieldmaiden Brynhildr was punished by God Odin for some of her actions.
It is interesting to note that shield-maidens were long believed to be just fictional characters in in the realm of Norse mythology, but archaeologists have found evidence of female Viking warriors. Mythical shield-maidens did exist.
Birth Of Sigurd Snake-In-The-Eye And The Mark Of Fafnir Prophecy
Brynhildr’s and Sigurd’s daughter Aslaug was a very beautiful woman and she caught Ragnar Lodbrok’s eye and he asked her to marry him. Aslaug said yes, but only after he had accomplished his mission in Norway.
While being in Sweden, Lodbrok met with Östen Beli, the viceroy who persuaded the Viking hero to reject Aslaug and marry Ingeborg, a Swedish princess instead.
Aslaug learned about his plans to reject her by “three birds”. When Lodbrok returned home, she told him it would be wrong of him to marry the Swedish princess. Aslaug revealed to Lodbrok her true noble origins. Lodbrok was surprised to hear she was the daughter of the great hero Sigurd and the famous shieldmaiden Brynhildr. Ragnar Lodbrok considered himself to be a direct descendant of the God Odin and was naturally impressed by her parents, but could Aslaug be trusted?
Were these perhaps empty words, just to convince him to marry her?
Aslaug declared that she could prove that she was indeed the daughter of the daughter of the hero Sigurd whom had slain the dragon Fafnir. Aslaug said that she would bear him a child whose eye would bear the image of a serpent.
A Völva in Norse mythology predicted the future.
Aslaug was a Völva, a very powerful female shaman and seer in Norse mythology. On one occasions Lodbrok learned from a seer that he would have many famous sons and he treated Aslaug’s prophecy seriously.
Aslaug’s first son was Ubbe, who was conceived whilе Rаgnаr wаѕ still mаrriеd to Lаgеrthа. His birth led to a split between Lodbrok and his first wife Lаgеrthа.