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Fireverse 4: Lodhur

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I had a mystical experience that gave me insight into the god Lodhur. In heathen mythology, the brothers Odin, Honir, and Lodhur sculpted both the world and humankind. They each gave different gifts to humanity. One of Odin's gifts was breath.

One day, a friend took me to a restaurant inside one of the local casinos, which was very smoky. I had an asthma attack and had to go outside to get some air.

The being calling himself Loki who had been acting as my muse while I wrote Some Say Fire spoke to me the way characters speak in my head while I'm writing. He said, "Your body is weak. You do not possess enough of the divine breath." My lungs filled and I was suddenly fine.

This god was a power enthroned and breathing out the life-breath of humankind. I knew that breath was Odin's power. If this being was Loki, as he claimed, then he had to be the most Odinnic aspect of him. This had to be an aspect of him so close to Odin that in some sense he was Odin. Not only was breath Odin's power, but inspiration of the metaphoric sort, poetic inspiration, was Odin's power, too. This being had come into my life to inspire me to write. He had to be a part of the triune form of Odin.

I said, "Lodhur?"

He said, "You guessed my name."

I didn't realize the significance of that at the time. In the Fireverse, guessing the god's name is a test. I didn't realize that applied outside my novel. What I did realize very soon was that from then on I could rely on Loki / Lodhur, and later on Odin and Honir, to fill me with breath. I could go places and do things that I couldn't before. I came to trust them.

Art: "Odin, Lodhur, and Honir creating Askr and Embla," by Frolich.

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Erin Lale is the author of Asatru For Beginners, and the updated, longer version of her book, Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path. Erin has been a gythia since 1989. She was the editor and publisher of Berserkrgangr Magazine, and is admin/ owner of the Asatru Facebook Forum. She also writes science fiction and poetry, ran for public office, is a dyer and fiber artist, was acquisitions editor at a small press, and founded the Heathen Visibility Project.


  • Sean Black
    Sean Black Saturday, 05 December 2015

    Hey Erin,
    I do enjoy your stories about Loki I have said before he was my introduction, as a boy, to the Norse Cosmology and he was remained an active part of my life. so much so in fact that his namesake became my call sign. I did not ask for that nor did I accept it without a consult from him but it stuck I had a reputation of leaving a bit of chaos and fire behind me, many times not of my doing or even my awareness. Not true Chaos but the kind that was considered chaos by the ultra orderly military types that I worked with.I can think of many minor interventions and luck thrown my way that had his name all over it! all in all I just want to say that my experiences with Loki have been pretty amazing and for them I am thankful.

  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale Saturday, 05 December 2015

    Thanks! Glad to know he helped you out in the military.

  • Sean Black
    Sean Black Saturday, 05 December 2015

    I have a question regarding Lilith and I am trying to understand a recent ...encounter. where should I direct such a question?

  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale Sunday, 06 December 2015

    Hi Sean, that's not a pantheon I work with, but you could direct your question to the Witches & Pagans site generally, and they'd have one of the people who write on the site who know about her get back to you. Or you could direct your question to the Witches & Pagans Facebook page and they would repost the question and have the community answer it.

  • Sean Black
    Sean Black Sunday, 06 December 2015

    Thanks will do!

  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale Sunday, 06 December 2015

    You're welcome!

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