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Sigyn

We know very little about the Goddess Sigyn. Not much has survived from the pre-Christian era about this Goddess, and the majority of our scant references were penned by Christian scholars after the time of conversion.

Her name, appears to etymologically derive from two Old Norse words, sigr (victory) and vina (meaning girl-friend). This will cause some modern-day practitioners to hail Her in rites as "Victory Bringer."

Appearances in Lore: Volupsa 35, Gylfaginning 32 & 49, Skaldskaparmal 1 & 16, Haustlong 7, Pulur, Þórsdrápa

  • she was counted among the Asyngr (the name given to the Goddesses among the Aesir).
  • She was wed to Loki, and with him had two sons
  • As described in the lore, Loki's two sons were slain, one forced to kill the other, and the one surviving was slaughtered, his intenstines used to bind Loki. Sigyn stood at his side in her grief, and held up a vessel to catch the poison that burned like acid, that dripped from the snake afixed above Him.
  • One of her by-names, or kennings is "Incantation-Fetter" (used briefly in passing in Þórsdrápa).


Because she's mentioned in Haustlong (an older text and one of the few actually written by a pagan skald, and not a Christian scholar) many scholars theorize she may be a Goddess from the older Germanic Pantheon, which carried into the later appearing Norse culture.

Appearance in Archaeology: Outside of these references in the ancient lore, we do have one artistic depiction of her in archaelogy, specifically on the Gosforth Cross depicted in conjunction with a bound Loki (the art is very primitive and certainly not detailed).

Odd Modern Trend: I've been perplexed by an odd modern trend where people are talking about this Goddess as an abused wife, as someone abused by Loki. There's absolutely no reference in the lore to this ANYWHERE. So I'm left wondering, why does this minfinromation continue ot crop up?

I know that sometimes not all of the books out there are good at providing sources for their information, and one bad source (like Freya being a valkyrie, or that Vikings worn horned or winged helmets as popularized in Wagnerian operas and elsewhere) then becomes perpetuated, again, and again, and again throughout many more books. Is anyone aware of a book where Sigyn is spoken about as being an abused Goddess? I'm trying to figure out what's the root source for this rather odd trend.

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I'd say modern mores. When a modern male is viewed as Laufey's Childe is by the general (Heathen) population, it is usually assumed that the only reason a woman would stay with such is that she's been at least Emotionally Abused....
Truth,
Pat
>>Odd Modern Trend: I've been perplexed by an odd modern trend where people are talking about this Goddess as an abused wife, as someone abused by Loki. There's absolutely no reference in the lore to this ANYWHERE. So I'm left wondering, why does this minfinromation continue ot crop up?

Because people are... you know... stupid! I can see Loki laughing his ass off whenever someone says something like that.
Actually, I could see Him wanting to punch someone who says something like that... and thinking up something much more sneaky to do to them.

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