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Underneath the characters of the fairies lie those of the great old Northern deities
— Woden, and Thor, and Freyja ; and deeper still, those of the more ancient
world into which they intruded — the world of Paeon, the physician of Olympus,
It was a branch of mistletoe which killed Baldur, the ' whitest ' and best of the
Gods, after Freyja had taken an oath of all created things that they would never
hurt him ; except ' one little shoot that groweth east of Valhall, so small and feeble
Thus, one species of Adiantum is still known in Iceland as ' Freyja's hair ;' and it is
for the most part Freyja, the ' frau ' — mother and queen of the Northern gods —
who in these and similar cases was replaced by the Virgin. The lady-bird, the ...
cated to her in the East, whilst Freyja was still presiding undisturbed over her own
woods and moorlands ; although the same change may be traced in the history
and appropriation of both, after the Northern world became Christian. The lily is ...
The Virgin, as we have seen, succeeded Freyja in the ' calendar ' of Northern
flowers. The two ' white ' gods of Valhalla — Baldur and Heimdallr — both of
whom represent the sun, and whose peculiar epithet referred to the dazzling
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