Are humans fated to fall within one of three different classes? According to the Eddic poem, Rígsþula, the answer is ‘yes.’
The Norse god Heimdallr, using the name Rigr, traveled amongst the folks and found food, lodging, and comfort along the road.
The first stop was with an ancient graybeard farmer and his wife. The shelter was rude and the food was poor, but apparently the hospitality was pretty good. Heimdallr slept in the couples’ bed and nine months later, Granny gave birth to the progenitor of the servant class, a boy named Þræll.
Heimdallr’s next conquest was at the nice home of a mature craftsman and his wife. Dinner was edible, and the hospitality was again top-drawer. Nine months after Heimdallr had departed, the wife delivered a bouncing baby boy named Karl. When Karl grew up, he was to give rise to the class of craftsmen, independent farmers and herdsmen.
At the end of the journey, Heimdallr stayed at the large, fancy home of Faðir and Móðir. There he enjoyed a sumptuous meal and in return he gave Móðir a son named Jarl. Jarl begat the warrior/royalty class. Later on, Heimdallr acknowledged Jarl as his son.
The common thread in this story seems to be the quality of the food. There is an old English adage — the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Heimdallr’s oats were sewn long ago, but what if the world were given a do-over? What if the graybeard couple had taken Heimdallr out for a bacon cheeseburger, chili fries, and a shake? Conversely, would it have made a difference if Faðir and Móðir had offered up a plate of spa food? I’m thinking things could have turned out a whole different way.
~ S.G. Rogers
When Dani was a teen, she had it all; a starring role in her own television series, a wonderful family, and her health. A few years later, everything has changed for the worse—and her time is running short. All she wants to do before she dies is to fall in love, but when she’s kidnapped and taken to Asgard of Norse mythology, she becomes enmeshed in a quarrel between immortals. Prince Rein lends a hand in her quest to return home, and she begins to think the handsome elf has captured her heart. After a magical artifact goes missing, however, he may be forced to marry another woman to avert a diplomatic catastrophe. To find the artifact and save the prince, Dani must undertake a dangerous quest involving ogres, dark fairies, and underworld criminals. Ultimately, however, she’ll have to defy Odin himself.
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5 thoughts on “Fun Facts About Norse Mythology – Heimdallr, The Father of Mankind”
The way to MY heart is food without a doubt. Must be a tomboy, I’m thinking. 😉
Thanks, Terri! 😀
Three classes of people. We still have that.
Ah, but we also have class mobility. I aspire to be a Krispy Kreme – preferably a chocolate covered custard filled donut.