Jord : The Goddess Born In The Cosmos
A Goddess Honored
At first these humans roamed the earth as hunter - gatherers, and praised only the Sun and the Moon as they rose above the distant horizon and slowly crossed their world. They lived in caves above the valleys to protect themselves from the elements, and the predators who stalked them in the night. During the day the men hunted the great beasts like the woolly mammoth that walked within their range, while the women collected berries, vegetables, and roots that they picked off of vines, or dug from the earth. Theirs was a day to day existence.
One day Mother Earth looked down upon these humans and saw that they were cold, and shivering. She had provided for them the skins and furs of the animals they hunted, but it was not enough. Next to a pile of dried brush, and while several humans were watching, she shook the earth allowing two rocks to strike each other at a perfect angle. The resulting spark made the brush smoke and catch fire. The humans felt the heat of the fire and knew that it was good. It took these simple minded human beings some time to fully understand how to make the stones spark, but once they mastered the technique they were able to build fires to warm themselves, and to cook the meat from the animals they killed.
Over time these Midgardians learned to plant seeds and grow edible plants. They gave up their annual migrations for the hunt, and settled into villages where they domesticated animals, and harvested the great abundance that the earth offered them. These humans soon began to realize the importance of the seasons and marked each solstice, and each equinox, with rings of stones that could tell them the exact day of each sacred event. They also began to honor a new Goddess, who they called Mother Earth, for the great wealth of sustenance she provided for them.
The Goddess in return for their loyalty and praise, protected them as best she could from the harsh elements, and placed all around them everything they needed for a good quality of life. These Midgardians, who she was beginning to regard as her children, did not always learn as quickly as she liked, so from time to time she would give them a helping hand without them knowing . For years these humans would carry water from the surrounding lakes and streams to their fields to water their crops. By causing a small tremor she opened up a shallow crack in the earth that ran from the stream down to the fields. As the water flowed freely and nourished their crops these new farmers learned the technique of irrigation. It was through small gestures such as this that she showed her great love to her children.
These acts, though not fully understood by these primitive humans, did not go unnoticed by the Gods of Asgard and Vanaheim . The Vanir admired the compassion, and the love, that this Goddess showed to the many creatures who inhabited her realm, and they were especially amazed at her great fertility, and how she provided for all creatures great and small. The Aesir were struck by her great power, and how well she worked with the Goddess Sunna, and the God Mani, to keep everything in balance. Even the great Odin had to admit that he was very impressed with what this Goddess had accomplished with the world that he and his brothers had created from the dead Giant Ymir.
Collectively these Gods began to call this unnamed entity Jord, the Mother of Middle Earth, and she was quickly numbered as one of their own. Jord took little interest in these new Gods. She was too busy tending to the magnificent world that she had planted within her womb.
These happy times did not last long however. Soon the Jotuns grew angry that these Midgardians were occupying a world that was made from one of their own. They envied the lush warm world of these humans, and they decided that it was their's by right. Slowly they began to make deeper and deeper incursions into the blue world. They killed everything in their path, and carved a out a swath of destruction that both startled and infuriated the World Goddess.
Jord tried to keep them out. She shook the earth violently causing rock slides that buried them, and rivers to change course that drowned them. She made great volcanoes spring up in their path and spew forth hot ash and flowing magma, but still it did not stop these Jotuns from invading her lands.
The World Goddess now became very interested in these new Gods, and she asked them to build a stronghold around her world. The mighty fortress they built was immense and very strong, but not even this structure, made from the heaviest stones, was enough to keep out the determined Jotuns. It was then that Jord decided that she needed a champion to guard her realm. What she needed was a son..... and she knew exactly who she wanted the father to be !
- End Chapter 3
- Next : Chapter 4 : A Union Of Heaven And Earth
Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2015.