First and foremost I honor Odin, Vili and Ve, ( Honor, Lodurr ). For their labor was truly a labor of love. They took that which had no form, said to be trees lying upon the shore , and turned them into the wonderful human beings that we have become. They gave us breath, mind, hair, free will, etc.... so that we may live freely as the children of the Aesir. Oh, and of course they built the world that we live on known as Midgard so that we, the children of Odin, would have a place to live in peace and in harmony with nature. ( It is not Their fault that we have lost our harmonious intimacy with the natural world.
The second of today's honorees is Gefjon. Gefjon it is said plowed up King Gylfi's land, into the ocean and formed the land mass now known as Zealand. To do this she harnessed four oxen, actually her sons by a Jotun, and used them to plow deep into the earth to form the new land. King Gylfi allowed her to plow for one day and one night as much land as she wanted for herself, because she had given him pleasure. ( probably sexual )
Volund is the third I honor ritually today. What a tragic figure Volund is ! A great blacksmith, and craftsmen of rings, he falls in love, along with his brothers with three Valkyries, who after 9 years ride away to pick up the dead on battlefields. Volund's brothers go in search of their brides but Volund waits at home for their return. Volund is then hamstrung by a king and made to make finely crafted items for him and his family. Volund, however, gets revenge on the king when his sons come to Volund's home and try to steal his rings. He kills them both !
Finally I honor two Dwarves today. Yes ! I said Dwarves ! On Labor Day I cannot think of two more deserving laborers than Brokk and Eitri, the wonderful blacksmiths and craftsmen of some of the greatest gifts ever given to the Gods. Eitri makes Gullinbursti, The Golden Boar, the ring Draupnir and finally and most important the Hammer of Thor known as Mjollnir. Despite the handle being a little short, due to that damn fly, it is still the best gift ever given to the Gods !
All Hail The Great Laborers on Their Day !
- Glenn Bergen