This post is from the 'Wulf - Collected Writings of an English Wodenist', adapted to this site; it was originally published in one of Wodenist magazines some years ago. It contains some material which has been covered before but it is necessary to enclose it to allow the post to make sense. Some of the original ideas I have altered my mind on slightly but I have not changed it but merely made comments where necessary.
‘In the days of the Lion, spawned of the Evil Brood, The Hooded Man shall come to the forest. There he will meet with Herne the Hunter – Lord of the Trees – to be his Son and do his bidding. The Power of Light and the Power of Darkness shall be strong within him. And the guilty shall tremble.’
Now we move on to look at the archetype of The Fool, covering many different aspects that – we hope – will bring together the scattered aspects of this work. In order to understand this archetype we shall look, not to the English ‘Hamlet’, but to far-off Persia (Iran) and to a hero named Kai Khusrau, known as Haosravah in the Zend Avesta and echoed in another Land of the Arya, Sushravah of the Rig Veda. This is the basic tale –
Afrasiyab, Shah of the Turanians, kills his nephew Siyawush, who is also his son-in-law. Kai Khusrau grows up among shepherds, becomes a great hunter using a bow and arrows, plays the ‘village idiot’ by using senseless riddles so that Afrasiyab deems him a fool and incapable of the revenge he is bound to take. Afrasiyab hides in the waters of a lake, assuming new shapes to avoid capture.
From the Avesta we can gleam that Kai Khusrau (Aryan) and Afrasihab (Turanian) control for the ‘Glory’ which is the Hvarna/Hvareno or ‘Charisma of Fortune’ which is held by the goddess Ardvi Sura Anahita. The ‘Glory that belongs to the Aryan Nations, born and unborn, and to the holy Zarathustra’ was in Lake Vurukasha. Afrasiyab tries three times to capture the Hvarna, plunging into the lake, but ‘…the Glory escaped, the Glory fled away, the Glory changed its seat…’ It was allotted, by Divine Right, to Kai Khusrau of the Arya, since it stood for Legitimacy, or Divine Mandate.
It should be noted that Kai Khusrau is described as ‘Monarch of the World’ and at his joint enthronement he said –
‘The whole world is my kingdom, all is mine
From Pisces downwards to the Bull’s Head…’
This refers to Aries the Ram, which I must add is a spring constellation that marks the Summer Evennight (Spring Equinox) around March 21st. I must add that when first confronted with this tale it dawned on me that it was one that was familiar in some way. Indeed, the tale is very like that of the Norse saga in which Loki steals the Brisingamen Necklace and plunges into a lake, followed by Heimdall who retrieves the necklace. This is the same story. In fact, the ‘Glory’ is symbolic of Divine Fire, and the word Brisingamen refers to ‘Fire’. Heimdall is associated with the Ram, and he is also associated with March 24rd, around the Spring Equinox. We shall return to this later, but for now we need to look further into the legend of The Fool.
The names Amleth, Amlodhi, Amlagh, and Amlaidhe all mean ‘simpleton’, ‘stupid’ and ‘like unto a dumb animal’. The ‘like unto a dumb animal’ may be a clever hint at an association with the dog, since we find a dog baying at the heels of The Fool in the Tarot Cards, and this is card number 0. The father of Amlodhi is Orwandil (Earendel) whose name may mean ‘Arrow-Wandel’ according to Giorgio de Santillana and Hertha von Dechend (‘Hamlet’s Mill’), so he is (like Kai Khusrau) an archer. This seems to ring true when we consider another archer and hero named William Tell, for the name ‘Tell’ stems from ‘Tol’ meaning ‘fool’ or ‘simpleton’. There are accounts of a ‘Hamlet’s Mill’ in Norse Mythology and the Nine Giant maidens turn the ‘Island Mill’. It is clear that, like Mundelfore (Wændel) and Hama (Heimdall), Hamlet (‘The Fool’) is linked to the World Mill and to the Precession of the Equinoxes.
‘Evil is never attacked frontally even when convention would require it. It is made to defeat itself.’
The tale of Kullerva from Finland, and the tale of Krishna in India are both related to the same theme. We find an interesting part of the tale of Kullervo, for he is found measuring the depths of the sea, which links him to both Hama and Sceaf –
- Hama has a sword called Head which is the mjotudr (‘measurer’). The World Tree, Iggdrasil, is called mjotvidr (‘Measure-Tree’).
- Sceaf, in a later tale, has his boat used to measure a boundary.
One of the names of Heimdall is Hallinshid which means ‘bent’, ‘bowed’, or ‘slanted stick’ which refers to the world-axis which is ‘slanted’ 23 ⅓ degrees off its true axis. He is also associated with the name ‘Vindler’ which comes from vindill, from vinda which means ‘twist, turn, wind’. Again, we return to the theme of the World-Turner called Wændel, and his son Hama-Heimdall. In Tibetan Lore the name associated with this same idea is chakravartin which means ‘Turner of the Wheel’, and the Last Avatar (Kalki Avatar of the Hindus) is named Rudra Kalkin. This will be seen to be of importance.
Saxo Grammaticus mentions a Gervendili who is Ger-Wændel (‘Spear-Wændel’) which could relate to the hill-figure of the Long Man; Or-Wændel is ‘Arrow-Wændel’ and could be related to the Herne Giant. The root of Earendel could also be *ear which can mean either the ‘earth’ or be related to ‘water’ (ON aurr – ‘humidity’). In ‘Hamlet’s Mill’ this idea is related to Sirius, which can be seen as a Morning Star and which is the ‘dog-star’, noting the ‘dog’ at the heels of The Fool. Going back to the coat-of-arms of the Wandel Family the jester-figure holding a club could be seen as the Herne Giant, and if so then it represents Orion the Hunter in the skies, which has Canis Major beneath it, and the Dog-Star – Sirius.
There is in fact an interesting point here that concerns astronomy, for at the ‘toe’ of Orion (Rigel) flows Eridanus, and maybe, just maybe, this could be the ‘lake’ into which Loki plunges with the Brisingamen Necklace – in fact the old Germanic name for Sirius was ‘Loki’s Brand’, perhaps referring to the Brisingamen Necklace? This was, like the Hvarena, kept by a goddess, in this case the goddess Freya. Rigel (‘toe’ or ‘foot’) is the ‘source of Eridanus, and this may well be ‘Orvandil’s Toe’ placed there by Thunor in Norse Mythology.
Ø It has been said that Eridanus links the land of the living with the land of the dead. The name Eridanus comes from Eridu which means ‘confluence of the rivers’.
Ø Auriga in the North links the land of the living with the region of the Gods; alpha Auriga is Capella the Goat, where comes the Amrita (Ambrosia) and the Nectar, the source of inspiration.
We need now to study the name ‘Herne’ which becomes ‘Cerne’ the root of Cernunnos – the ‘Horned One’. There may well be some grounds to link the name ‘Herne’ to Kronus/Kronos/Chronos through the following thread –
KRONOS – KRON – HRON – HERON – HERNE
Kronos means ‘time’ and the constellation of Orion the Hunter is a marker of time, so we could look to the figure of Herne the Hunter as a ‘God of Time’. Indeed, since the Wild Hunter-God is Woden, the two are obviously linked. Here I am going to go a step further and suggest another thread that will be of interest –
KALI – KARI – HARI
Hari is a title of Woden and also of Vishnu (Hari = ‘The Blond One’); Kali is the Dark Goddess of Time in India, and Kari is a God/Goddess whose name means ‘time’. If Herne is associated with Kronos then we have a legend of his being asleep on an island in the North-West until it is time for him to be reborn as a boy-child once more, for Kronos-Saturn is the Ruler of the Golden Age. He is indeed the ‘Once and Future King’ of mythology.
Both of the above ideas are possible since in the name Kronos the hard ‘k’ or ‘c’ in words such as ‘corn’ (‘Cornwall’ and ‘Cernunnos’) become ‘horn’ in the Germanic dialect, so ‘Cron’ becomes ‘Hron’. The same applies to ‘Kali’ which means ‘time’, of which the Germanic equivalent is ‘Kari’, the ‘l’ changing to ‘r; the name ‘Kari’ also means ‘time’. It is thus perhaps not strange to relate that Kalki and Kali are linked, and that the wife of the third incarnation of Helgi is named Kara, an equivalent of Kari. This leads to yet another interesting series of letter-changes –
KALKI – HALKI – HALGI – HELGI
The name ‘Helgi’ means The Hallowed One but the root-names *kal/*hal also mean ‘hidden’ or ‘concealed’, so this would give us The Hidden One. Helgi would thus seem to be the Germanic equivalent of the Hindu Kalki Avatar and the Tibetan Rudra Kalkin. We need now to look more closely into the hero named Helgi Hundingsbane. The Mysteries of Helgi were revealed to me during the spring of 1997 when I underwent a profound mystical experience and a Shamanic Initiation – linked to the appearance of the Hale-Bopp Comet. The Sun-Initiation was overlooked by Wyrd (‘Morgana’) whilst I was guided by the Great Initiator – Woden in the form of Wændel.
‘One evil only the Wulfing threatened,
The maiden eke who the ætheling bore:
…Croaked a raven hoarsely, on high tree sitting –
Hunger gnawed him – “I know something”.’
We need now to consider what ‘evil’ the ‘ætheling’ threatened to his mother, why the raven croaked as ‘hunger gnawed him’ and what he knew when he uttered ‘I know something’. These words only make sense if we consider Helgi Hundingsbane as an Avatar who incarnated upon Earth for a purpose, just like we have seen in the figures of Hama and Sceaf. Here I feel that it is necessary to use ‘guesswork’ once more, just as we did when considering the idea that Sceaf appeared at the end of the Golden Age, at this particular point in Time.
Using ‘guesswork’ once more it seems possible that Helgi Hundingsbane was an Avatar who appeared at the end of another world-age, and a different part of the Cycle of the Ages, and that this time was at the end of a period of peace. The life of Helgi Hundingsbane was nothing but battle and slaughter, and this should give us the clue we need to solve the mysteries of the words of the raven –
- The ‘evil’ that Helgi threatened his mother with was that he was born with a wyrd, and that was to break the Peace of Frodi and to wage war and to bring bloodshed to the Earth. Anyone who understood this wyrd of a son would feel that it was ‘evil’, though we, of course, know differently, for it was necessary.
- Hunger gnawed the raven simply because he lived in an era of peace, and there were no battlefields to feed from; the raven is a bird of the battlefield.
- The raven ‘knew something’, and that was that his hunger would be slated with the coming of war and slaughter, and it was Helgi Hundingsbane who would bring that into being.
Helgi Hundingbane is an archetypal hero who appears as an avatar at the start of a new world-age, and in this case (most likely) the Iron Age, Warg Age or Kali Yuga. He is ‘Helgi the Hound-Slayer’ which brings into question his links to Wid-Ar as the slayer of the Fenris-Wolf. When I received the Mysteries of Helgi I came to realise that certain individuals live the life of a myth and that this myth is played at many times during the Cycle of the Ages – this is the secret of Nietzsche’s Eternal Return. The secret is not concerned as such with ‘reincarnation’ but with a constant ‘resurrection’ and a ‘return’ of the same archetype at different times and during different eras within the Cycle of the Ages.
Why can certain people can ‘see into’ certain old texts, and can bring to light some of the secrets contained within them, whereas others take them literally and miss the whole point of them? It would appear that certain ancient texts were written specifically for Initiates of the Tradition who would – in their own era – be able to interpret the hidden meanings contained within them. This is not something that is learned, but something that is already contained within the DNA of that certain individual. This is ‘nature’ rather than ‘nurture’, and cannot be undone! It is these people who can read between the lines (as they say) rather than seeing them like others do. This is why ‘occult’ texts are always written in some form of ‘code’ unknown to the masses. This is not for the sake of ‘elitism’ and some would have it, but to preserve the Mysteries from those who would distort or destroy them – and with them our Aryan Folk!
In many of the ‘Mummer’s Plays’ and such old dramas re-enacted around the Yuletide period of the year The Fool is often slain during these rites. At the same time he is ‘resurrected’ once more at the end. I am going to suggest that the ‘Yuletide’ period of the Great Year was the period 1933-1945 ruled over by the Joker, an aspect of The Fool that represents an Agent of Chaos that seeks creation but at the same time creates destruction. We are in the darkest period of the year when the Ride of the Wild Hunt takes place, but at the same time the Seeds of a New Creation are sown. The Fool (The Joker) is ‘slain’ at the Yuletide, but is resurrected at the springtime – the New Dawn!
This could, of course, be related to the legend that the ‘Christ’ died on ‘Good Friday’ and was ‘resurrected’ on Easter Sunday. It must be remembered that Easter originally fell on the Spring Even-night. There can be no other reason for this, for the time of the ‘death’ of the Old Sun is on the Winter Sunwend, and his ‘rebirth’ is three days later on ‘Christmas Day’, December 25th. The rebirth of the Sun takes place at this time of year, so the ‘resurrection’ taking place on ‘Easter Sunday’ has to be of The Fool (The Joker) who is slain at the Yuletide. The period 1933-1945 covers the rise of National Socialism in Germany which went through six years of peace, and six years of total war, until its final destruction in 1945. This was the ‘Yuletide’ of the Great Year, but since then time has begun to speed up and is now headed for the New Dawn and the Resurrection of The Fool.
The Fool (The Joker) arose in the Fatherland (Germany), and the Resurrection of The Fool will take place in the Land of the Son (England or Ing-Land). The ‘Sword of Ætla’ (The Hun-Bequest) passes from the ‘Father’ (‘The Hun’ – Germany) to the ‘Son’ (England), as we can see in the Saga of Beowulf –
Ða wæs winter scacen,
Fæger foldan bearm…
Swa he ne forwyrnd woroldræden,
Þonne him Hunlafing Hildeleoman,
Billa selest, on bearm dyde;
Þaes wæn mid Eotenum ecge cuðe…
The was winter gone,
The bosom of the Earth beautiful…
So he did not hinder the way of the world
When Hunlaf’s son placed Battle-Flame,
The best of swords, in his lap;
Its edges were well known to the Jutes.
The above is the usual translation of the piece in Old English, but the meaning rendered has much to be desired, for it can have another meaning which transforms the whole thing and makes it understandable in the light of today’s world.
Then was winter gone,
The bosom of the Earth beautiful…
So he did not hinder world-ruler
When him Hunlafing Hildeleoman,
The best of swords, on bosom did;
Its edges were well known to the Joten.
The winter is gone – it is spring and a New Dawn. The Wyrd of ‘World-Ruler’ is not hindered, just as Kai Khusrau was the ‘Monarch of the World’ and, like this piece, associated with the spring and the Spring Equinox. The sword Hunlafing (‘Hun-Bequest’) Hildeleoman (‘Battle-Flame’) – the Sword of Ætla the Hun – was placed upon his bosom, i.e. he (Hengest) received the Wyrd of Ætla as the ‘World-Ruler’. The time around dawn was associated with the Divine Twins, and here we have Hengest appearing at this time to take upon himself the Wyrd of Ætla.
The Sword of the Hun (Germans) passes to Hengest of the Engel-Kin (English) – is this not the meaning of this in the context of world events today. The Sword has passed from the ‘Fatherland’ (Germany) to the ‘Land of the Son’ (England).
Two symbols were given with this dream, which I had whilst living in Horam in East Sussex, and the date – October 31st 1993 – is extremely significant, since it is All Hallow’s Eve (‘Halloween’). The symbols were that of –
- The Sword – this would be the sword Albion, the Seventh Sword of Wayland.
- The Cross-Bow – this is the weapon of William Tell, but it is also symbolic of the Saxon Irminsul, since the shape is very like an Irminsul.
This tells us that The Hooded Man is a Sword-Hero and a Bow-Hero which fits very well with what we have said so far about The Fool. Indeed, in one episode of the Robin of Sherwood series Robin is likened to The Fool of the Tarot Pack. Indeed, the symbol used of Albion is the White Rose and a White Rose appears on the tarot card The Fool and also on woodcuts of Irmin – there would seem to be a link here. Irmin has a sword as his weapon, and the famous German Hero – Herman – is the incarnation of this archetype. In one version of the Robin Hood Tales he is bled by a prioress until he is blind and thus his tale links not only to Woden but to Orion who suffers the same fate.
The Bow-God in Norse Mythology is Wali, Son of Woden, and the brother of Wid-Ar; Wali is also an Avenging God. He is, in fact, associated with February 14th which was turned into ‘St. Valentine’s Day’ by the Christian Church. His ‘arrows’ are the Sun’s Rays which pierce the Darkness of Winter which is why he appears at this particular time of the year – he is the ‘Slayer of Darkness’. He is, perhaps, the first stage in the battle against the Dark Forces, and he appears at a time when the Light is ascending and the Sun’s power getting stronger. There is also another figure who wields a bow, and that is the brother of Weland the Smith – Ægil the Archer. The tale of Ægil is the same as that of William Tell, and we have seen how the name ‘Tell’ means ‘fool’ or simpleton’.
If the name ‘Orwandil’ does mean ‘Arrow Wandil’ then it is quite likely that Ægil and Orwandil are perhaps the same archetype. There is one legend that tells of Ægil defending his home, which may hint at a link to a Folk-Hero who defends his homeland. We have this made clear in the legends of Robin Hood (England) and William Tell (Switzerland), both figures stemming from a Germanic source. It is thus not strange to relate that in one version of the William Tell saga there would seem to be links to the Frisians, and since the Frisians make up a section of the English this may be the reason why both have such similar legends – though they could have developed separately, of course.
April Fools Day falls on April 1st, but there is the possibility that this (like Easter) was moved by the Christian Church, for one reason or another. This day was not always celebrated on April 1st, so it may originally have been on the Summer Even-night, March 21st. The Fool is most obviously associated with the spring and with Resurrection, and this date seems to be the most likely since it is the time when the Power of Light and the Power of Darkness are exactly in balance. This would account for the balance held within The Hooded Man.
We can see in the photo that the colours of The Joker are Red-White-Black which is the colours of the Norns and of Eternal Germania. What is noteworthy about this film is that it takes the Dark Knight (a dark power and ‘outlaw’) to defeat The Joker. The ‘Batman’ idea comes from a children’s book originally and the theme is obviously mythical in the sense that it is a confrontation between Good and Evil. It would seem that the authors of such works get their ideas from the ‘Blood Memory’, but we have to be wary of this, for things are not always as they seem. There are some points that we need to consider here –
The idea may be ‘archetypal’ or ‘mythical’ but the theme of any given story may have been altered to suit the ideology of the writer. What was originally a myth about the battle against a Dark Force can be changed to make the Dark Force the good guy. This can be clearly seen in the ‘Harry Potter’ series which was intended as an attack upon National Socialism. Here the ‘bad guy’ is Voldemort (‘Vol-de-mort’, a name that clearly suggests the ‘Spirit of the Dead’) whose ideals centre round ‘pure blood’ and whose followers are all played by white actors. The ‘good guy’ – Harry Potter – is the hero of the multi-racial pupils of Hogworts. The writer and film director obviously knew this and worked it into the books and films. We can thus see that either side of a struggle can use the same archetype for their own ends.
In the ‘Batman’ series the name of the town that is the centre of the battle between Good and Evil is Gotham City – ‘Got-Ham’ meaning ‘God-Home’ or ‘Good-Home’ by extension. This cannot be an accident, but we can see in the portrayal that the theme of a multi-racial city is there in the films, even if not in the original stories. Here we would have a case of using an original story for propaganda purposes, not an unusual thing today.
Whatever the case with the use of the film, the actor that played The Joker played a superb role in the film. Not long after the film was finished he died! It would appear that, having taken on the role of the archetype – a role of total destruction – he himself was destroyed by it!
***** It is noteworthy that 'The Joker' is here seen as an Agent of Chaos but only the 'Dark Knight' can combat and defeat this force since he works outside the law even though he is supported by those who stick to their true principles. In this respect we could meditate upon the Northern Myths where the Gods and Joten sometimes mingle and overlap in their roles - is this necessary in view of the need for the gods to eventually face and overthrow the Forces of Chaos. As I stated before, in the Mystical Experience and Wodenic Initiation that I undertook in the spring of 1997, under the guidance of Woden, the figure that was guiding me was somewhat like a 'Cosmic Trickster' or 'Cosmic Fool' who was also an 'Agent of Chaos' and throughout the experience the world was altered and nothing was in the ordinary. This figure is the Leader of the Mannerbund and the Leader of the Wild Army and he will lead his forces against the Dark Joten, the Forces of Chaos and Darkness, and against the 'White Traitors' who have betrayed their Folk, their Ancestors and the Gods themselves! This is the god Woden and - THE GUILTY SHALL TREMBLE!
In a sense we could relate the archetype of a destructive force to that of Shiva the Destroyer who, in Hindu Lore, is the god whose Dance of Destruction destroys the worlds by fire. This is the method used by The Joker in the film. Shiva was originally Rudra, whose role was so similar to Woden as the Wild Huntsman that the two seem to stem from the same original source. The role of Shiva, as well as the Wild Hunter, is to destroy the old in order to recreate upon its ashes of destruction.
There is also reason to believe that these mysteries are also connected to the Divine Twins, since these seem themselves to be connected to the pre-dawn period (darkness) and with the dawn period (light), and thus partake of the Light & Darkness. Indeed there may be a link with Venus here.
The mystical experience (and initiation into the Mysteries of HelgiH) that I underwent in 1997 when the Hale-Bopp Comet came closest to the Earth and the Sun, held a mystery that I could not fathom at the time - that the figure of The Joker or The Fool was the ruling force over the Cosmos at the time. This experience ended on April 1st when I ended up looking up at the Long Man of Wilmington at exactly 12.00 noon. It became clear to me that the Long Man was Woden as the April Fool.
It also became clear to me what the god-force we know as Woden really is - The Initiator. He is the God of Initiation, just as the die-cast shows when he leads his Wolf-Warriors in the Initiation-Dance. In the last issue of the Sword of Wayland I showed how The Joker is “resurrected” as The Fool, and that the period ruled by The Joker is the Yuletide of the cycle, whilst the arising anew (“resurrection”) of The Fool takes place at the Dawn-Time or Spring-Time of the cycle.
In order to understand this it must be noted that the Yule period was from 1939-1945 which included 6 years of total war. This period can be seen as the conflict between Yahweh and Wotan, and the god Yahweh was the winner who inflicted his vengefulness on his enemies, just as he can be seen to have done throughout the Old Testament. This is the reason why we all need to reflect upon this crucial period of history, and to revise the established ideas on this era.
The Myth of Hamlet is the key to understanding the next part of the cycle, for the Seeds of Rebirth were sown in the Twilight of the Gods when the gods were defeated by the Slave-God. Hamlet’s father is slain by his brother, i.e. the uncle of Hamlet. Hamlet plays the part of The Fool in order to deceive the uncle as he plots his revenge for his father’s murder. This is the theme of the Myth of Hamlet. Woden is slain by the Fenris Wolf who is the offspring of Loki the Trickster. Loki is the blood-brother of Woden, and thus (effectively) his brother. Woden is slain by his brother. This is the defeat of “The Father” and of “The Fatherland”.
The Myth of Hamlet did not end there, of course, for the Resurrection of The Fool takes place here in England - the Land of the Son! The Fool is the “Son of Woden” i.e. Wid-Ar, who is the Avenging God, and who is the Woodland Warrior, known to us as The Hooded Man. That is why the Initiates of Woden were reborn here in the Land of Ing - the Land of the Son - in order to continue the next part of the Eternal Struggle against the Forces of Darkness and Matter. This is the sole reason why anything but the creation of a new Folk-Religion based, not upon the outworn archetype of the Hanged God, but upon the archetype of the Crowned and Avenging Son, will fail us in our struggle. The sole purpose of Woden’s Folk at this time is to create this new Folk-Religion and build a New Order upon it.
The new god-force of the new age is Wid-Ar the Silent; for at this time he is the Silent God or the Hidden God - hooded and cloaked in the Darkness of Night. Like Horus the Avenger, his finger is held to his lips, symbolising his vow of silence so as not to give the game away to his uncle. For his uncle has become overconfident in his plot to gain world domination, and he sees not the danger that he thinks he has quelled for good!
Strangely enough the legend of Wid-Ar tells that we should save all of the souls of the shoes made in order that he can put his foot into the Wolf’s Jaws to release the Spirit of Woden, who is then “resurrected” in the figure of his son - again, the Resurrection of The Fool. Is it not, therefore, significant that the Wolf-Warrior in the die-cast points his spear at the sole of the foot of Woden?
Far too many Odinists see Ragnarok as being in the far distant future, thus giving them an “out”” of doing anything effective in the here and now. The World War II era was the Twilight of the Gods (Götterdamerung) when the gods waned and the Powers of Chaos & Darkness gained almost total control of the world. During this period a New Spark was kindled in the Sun, and today the Light of Freedom has been kindled anew, awaiting the Last Battle and the New Dawn.
The people of England will wake up, but not until the Wild Hunt rides once more, which means a catastrophic future for us all. This is not mean to scaremonger, but to warn everyone that there is little time left until the year 2012, and thus little time left to prepare ourselves. The riots of 2011 were an awakening call, but the great problem is that the masses react to such a situation by trying to ignore it, and thus it passes away. This is not the case, for this is just the start!
The figure of Aragorn in Lord of the Rings is obviously based upon that of Sigurd the Dragon-Slayer, for both wield the Broken Sword that was re-forged by the Elves. But Sigurd is slain at the end of his epic tale, whereas Aragorn goes on to become the Healing King. Tolkien did not merely change this in the Lord of the Rings, for he altered the Legend of Sigurd to fit in with this new idea. In The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun we find that Sigurd is slain, yet his slaying is merely part of his wyrd to be reborn anew as the World’s Chosen.
Richard Wagner altered the epic tale of Siegfried in order to fit it with his own ideals; his changes completely altered much of the mythology. Tolkien’s retains most of the original theme, yet reworks the ending in order to fit with the idea of Sigurd as a future hero-figure and world-redeemer.I have mentioned before how this hero-figure or avatar is seen to arise out of the Great Deep which here symbolizes the Waters of Chaos. It is in this Age of Chaos that the Last Avatar will arise – the World’s Chosen.
The theme of the Legend of Sigurd the Wolsung is that Woden sires this Man-God in order to redeem the gods at Ragnarok. Sigurd is Woden-born and it is he, and his Wolsunga Line, that are to redeem the gods at the Final battle. The Legend of Helgi is also worked around the same theme – hence why we use the title HelgiH for the Last Avatar. Helgi is The Hidden One at this time, but is The Hallowed One chosen by the gods to redeem them at Ragnarok. This is perhaps the reason why the Helgi Lays were linked with the famous Wolsunga Tribe at some later date
The Dragon-Slayer image is linked to Thunor, the god who slays the Midgard Serpent. We can find a trace of this idea in the Greek legend of Perseus. Perseus, as a baby, is cast into the sea (The Great Deep), he is found and then sets out on a series of adventures ending in his slaying a sea-serpent or sea-monster. He does so with a magical sword given to him by Zeus.
In the Sword of Xanten Siegfried is cast adrift on a river (the Great Deep once more) before being found and brought up by a blacksmith. Indeed, if I am right in suggesting that the ancient Merovingian Frankish Kings were of the Wolsunga Line, then the same theme runs through their legends. The wife of their founder was raped by a “sea-monster” and thus it would seem that this royal line was linked to the Great Deep.
I have also linked the Merovingian Legend to that of Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome. The god Mars sent a wolf to alarm Silvia, a Vestal Virgin, so that he could overpower her in a cave. He ravished her in the cave, his true shape being hidden through a solar eclipse – that of a sea-beast! Romulus and Remus were associated with the wolf, as were the Merovingian Franks, and also the Wolsungas.
The underlying theme of all this is that the World Chosen will arise out of the Great Deep – the Age of Chaos. This World Chosen is the ‘Resurrection of The Fool’.
If in day of doom
One deathless stands,
Who death hast tasted
And dies no more,
Seed of Woden,
Then all shall not end, nor Earth perish…
…for one they waited,
the World’s Chosen…