Monday, April 6, 2015

#ATOZCHALLENGE: Letter F: Freya- All that Glitters is Gold

Freya with her brood of Children

Freya and Frey, the twins of the Norse God Njord, didn't know any other way of life other than slavery. All their lives they had been subjugated to that so when their father, fought against the Vanir's and won, they felt their lives would turn out for the better. They reclaimed their position as God and Goddess of Fertility and started living their lives as fit for the Gods. Then one day, as was the norm in their culture, they were forced to marry each other against their wishes. Both were not happy about it but they couldn't go against thier father's wishes.

Freya's Story:

One day Freya was travelling in her golden chariot to meet her parents.She loved everything gold; and it was said that even the tears she shed were gold. (Tears are priceless must have stemmed from this :P especially in Bollywood movies). So with her brood of children, she was on her way to visit her parents when suddenly something glittering caught her eyes. She descended upon Earth and found it lying on a stone. It was one of the most beautiful necklaces she had ever seen. Awed by it, she went to touch it,

"Stop! Who are you?"a voice boomed from behind. Whirling around, she saw four dwarfs glaring at her.

"I'm Freya, Goddess of Love and Fertility. I saw this shining gold and came to see whose craftsmanship was this?"

"Oh yes.!" said one of the dwarfs, "we know all about  your love for gold."

The middle one waddled up to her and peered at her, "let us introduce ourselves. I'm Afrigg and these are Dralin, Bralin and Geer."

Freya smiled at them, sure that her beauty would win them over, "did you make this necklace?"

Upon confirmation, she asked them sweetly if she could have it - of course at a price. They kept quiet for some time and then whispered amongst themselves. Bralin stepped up and asked, "what will we get in return?"

Freya licked her lips in anticipation,for she was now sure she would get her heart's desire. For there was no amount of gold that she could not give against the necklace.  "What we have decided," mumbled Geer, in a nasal voice, "that you've to spend one night with each one of us."

Freya was shocked and would have left the place there and then if her fascination for gold did not outweigh her morality. So, she agreed.  After sending her children off in her magical chariot, she spent four nights with the dwarfs,

Now Loki, the mischievous god came to know about this and informed Frey. Frey was furious and when Freya returned home, he took away her necklace. Freya begged with him to return it but Frey said that she can only have it back if she would cause a major war between two kingdoms.

How Freya causes the Trojan war and gets back her necklace.... well that is another tale to tell :)

The Norse God, Freya was forced to marry her twin brother as was the custom during those days. Incest as we call it now was a law during those times since Gods could not associate with mere mortals. But both Freya and Frey were not happy with it and had many affairs outside their wedlock. But one thing they could not break was their marriage to each other. Her most famous myth is how she went about t acquire the beautiful gold necklace, Brisingamen.

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At April 6, 2015 at 11:19 PM , Anonymous Devika Fernando said...

Wow, I love this one! Trust Loki to add some fun... :p *lol* Can't wait for the story to continue.
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At April 6, 2015 at 11:30 PM , Anonymous Ajay Pai said...

A sure, Freya hails from Kerala ! Uff, ladies and their love for gold !

At April 6, 2015 at 11:44 PM , Anonymous Shailaja V said...

Well, temptation is a strange bedfellow :) First time here, Inatales and look forward to what the Trojan Horse does in the story :)

*Shailaja/Alternate Angles/A-Z*

At April 7, 2015 at 12:10 AM , Anonymous Sundari Venkatraman said...

Poor Freya! Temptation sure can be overpowering, even to the Gods, it seems. You spin a fascinating Tale, Ina :)

At April 7, 2015 at 12:11 AM , Anonymous soniaraowrites said...

Loki seems to be the Narad Muni of the Norse Gods. :) This was yet another fascinating tale. Your note brings to mind the thought that laws are often made (or manipulated) to favor the rich and the powerful (the gods of yore are the 1% of today) :)

At April 7, 2015 at 12:25 AM , Anonymous ahana said...

Your tales are getting interesting with every tale and leaves me craving for more!!

At April 7, 2015 at 12:32 AM , Anonymous Prasanna Rao said...

Too much greediness and desire leads to destruction. Another beautiful tale!

At April 7, 2015 at 3:12 AM , Anonymous Ruchi Singh said...

All of them have some shade of grey! Quite an interesting bunch of Gods :-))

At April 7, 2015 at 4:13 AM , Anonymous Sheethal Susan Jacob said...

Interesting tale.

At April 7, 2015 at 4:18 AM , Anonymous Bhavya said...

Greedy women and the destruction they cause!!!

And Incest was a law!! OMG! That is creepy.

I have a feeling that this Loki guy is like our dear Mr. Narad :P

At April 7, 2015 at 6:02 AM , Anonymous Vinitha Dileep said...

Good tale on greediness.

At April 7, 2015 at 11:29 AM , Anonymous Janaki Nagaraj said...

Sigh! Sick culture.

At April 7, 2015 at 5:54 PM , Anonymous muddledup said...

Very interesting! I never knew all of this...great theme for the challenge!

At April 8, 2015 at 11:23 PM , Anonymous Debraj Moulick said...

Loved your Loki....The Man of Intrigue

At April 9, 2015 at 12:34 AM , Anonymous Ina Tales said...

Yes Devika, Loki is some character..:D

At April 9, 2015 at 12:37 AM , Anonymous Ina Tales said...

Hahahha... I think Freya went to some extent which many won't do ..:

At April 9, 2015 at 12:39 AM , Anonymous Ina Tales said...

Thanks Sundari. Poor Freya? :P

At April 9, 2015 at 12:46 AM , Anonymous Ina Tales said...

Thanks for dropping by Sonia. Very true. Loki is some character. :D

At April 9, 2015 at 3:25 AM , Anonymous Rajlakshmi said...

I had read about the Norse gods but didn't know about this story :) I always confuse greek mythology with Norse mythology.
Wonderful story

At April 10, 2015 at 7:15 AM , Anonymous Ranveer vishal said...

An absolutely beautiful tale told:)

At April 12, 2015 at 6:27 AM , Anonymous beingFab said...

Well, well, looks like Freya got herself into quite a bit of trouble!!!


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