On the 24 th of every month I honor Eir, " The Best of Physicians ".
In the Poetic Edda poem Fjölsvinnsmál, the watchman Fjölsviðr presents a list of the maidens that attend the lady of the keep—Menglöð—that includes Eir, and states that they all sit on the hill Lyfjaberg (Old Norse "hill of healing" or "healing mountain"). The exchange between the hero Svipdagr and Fjölsviðr mentioning Eir is as follows:
Henry Adams Bellows translation:
"Now answer me, Fjolsvith, the question I ask,
For now the truth would I know:
What maidens are they that at Mengloth's knees
Are sitting so gladly together?"
"Hlif is one named, Hlifthrasa another,
Thjothvara call they the third;
Bjort and Bleik, Blith and Frith,
Eir and Aurbotha."
After the exchange, Svipdagr asks if these figures will give aid if blóts are made to them. Fjölsviðr responds that Svipdagr is correct:
"Soon aid they all who offers give
On the holy altars high;
And if danger they see for the sons of men,
Then each day from ill do they guard."
Every summer in which men offer to them,
at the holy place,
no pestilence so great shall come to the sons of men,
but they will free each from peril.
All Hail the great healer. All heal Great Goddess Eir !
Along with the Goddess Eir I also honor the Goddess Fulla on the 24th of each month. Fulla is said to hold Frigga' s box, or trunk, and she looks after her shoes. She wears a golden headband and wears her hair down. Fulla is a confidant of Frigga' s as well. I think it is very interesting, and telling, that Nanna sent a gold ring back from Hel' s realm, to Fulla as well as Frigga. This shows me that she is a well respected and valuable Goddesss and friend to Balder and Nanna. She is also believed to be the Volla mentioned in the 2nd Merseburg Charm.
All Hail The Great Goddess Fulla !
- Glenn Bergen