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Journal Article

The Goddess Frig: Reassessing an Anglo-Saxon Deity

Ethan Doyle White
Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural
Vol. 3, No. 2 (2014), pp. 284-310
DOI: 10.5325/preternature.3.2.0284
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/preternature.3.2.0284
Page Count: 27
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Abstract

This article critically examines the evidence for the existence of the Anglo-Saxon goddess Frig, exploring toponyms, day names, Old English textual sources, archaeology, and comparisons with continental Germanic mythologies. Challenging previous assertions that she was the consort of the god Woden and was associated with love and motherhood, it furthermore contends that this scholarly misinterpretation of the deity has had wider repercussions, affecting the way that contemporary Pagans interpret this particular divinity. Ultimately, it argues that far less can be said about Frig with any certainty than has been previously supposed, suggesting that a case can even be made that she had never existed as a deity in Anglo-Saxon England at all.

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