On April 7th I will consecrate my altar and honor the handmaidens who some try to belittle, and give them the honor that is their rightful due. I hope that some will join me in honoring these wonderful Goddesses !
The Twelve handmaidens of Frigga :
Gná is listed 14th by " The High One " in Gyfaginning. Frigg sends her on errands. She has a horse that runs through the air and over the sea called Hoof - Flourisher. Once when she was riding some Vanir saw her and one of the Vanir said :
" What is flying there
and gliding through the air ?"
Gná turned and answered :
" I am not flying
although I am faring
gliding through the air
on Hoof - Flourisher
whom Skinny - Sides
got by Breaker - Of - Fences. "
From Gná' s name we get that what soars high is called towering.
I have always seen Gná as a fearless messenger who will brave any conditions to deliver her queen's messages to their destination, no matter how far or difficult to reach. I have written Gná into my story ' Child of Destiny '. In this story, in the beginning, she delivers a message to Freyja, a Vanir Goddess.
Like most of Frigga' s handmaidens not much is written about Fulla . Though there is actually more to tell about her than other handmaidens.
We are told in Grimnismal :
Frigg sent her waiting-maid Fulla to bid Geirröd be on his guard, lest the trollmann who was coming should do him harm, and also say that a token whereby he might be known was, that no dog, however fierce, would attack him.
It does seem strange that Frigga would send Fulla, a serving maiden, instead of the messenger Goddess Gna, but it is good to see some information about this little known Goddess .
In the Prose Edda book Gylfaginning, High gives a brief description of the Goddesses. He lists Fulla fifth, telling us that , like the goddess Gefjun, Fulla is a virgin, and wears her hair flowing freely with a gold band around her head. High describes that Fulla carries Frigg's eski,( an ashen box ) and looks after Frigg's footwear. He also tells us that she is Frigga's confidant, and knows her secrets.
In Gylfaginning, High details that, after the death of the Baldr and Nanna, the god Hermod wagers for their return in the underworld location of Hel. Hel, ruler of the Nifleheim, tells Hermod a way to resurrect Baldr, but will not allow Baldr and Nanna to leave until the deed is accomplished. Hel does, however, allow Baldr and Nanna to send gifts to the living; Baldr sends Odin the ring Draupnir, and Nanna sends Frigga a robe of linen, and "other gifts." Of these "other gifts" sent, the only specific item that High mentions is a finger-ring for Fulla. ( Which in my eyes heightens the importance of Fulla )
In Skáldskaparmál, Fulla is listed among a number of Goddesses who attend a drinking banquet held for Ægir. Also in the Skáldskaparmál, they list ways to describe Frigga , one of which is "queen of Fulla."
In the Second Merseburg Charm Wodan heals Balder's horse with the help of Volla, considered by most to be Fulla.
Phol and Wodan went to the forest.
Then Balder's horse sprained its foot.
Then Sinthgunt sang charms, and Sunna her sister;
Then Friia sang charms, and Volla her sister;
Then Wodan sang charms, as he well could:
be it bone-sprain, be it blood-sprain, be it limb-sprain:
bone to bone, blood to blood,
limb to limb, so be they glued together.
Of all of Frigga's handmaidens Fulla seems to be the closest to the All - Mother. I am not sure if this makes what she does, or who she is in the Norse pantheon of Gods, higher in status, but Snorri at least seemed to think she was of more importance by mentioning her more often than the others in the Eddas.
This is Fulla with the eski kneeling before Frigga.