I wonder, and worry about, who will call to Lif and Lifthrasir***, and their descendants when they emerge from the protection of Hodmimir's woods. And who will they look to for comfort, and the eternal wisdom of the Gods. Will they continue to honor Odin, Thor, Freyja, etc... even though they are gone ? Or will they switch to mainly honoring the surviving Gods and Goddesses ? Will Odin, and the other deities, become the "Old Gods", the way the Christians see Odin, Zeus, and Osiris today, or will they still hold a place in their hearts and minds? These are questions that can only be answered by future generations. But I look for answers in the present sometimes, and I see very few honoring Bor and Buri, ( Odin's father and grandfather ), except me perhaps. I rarely even see their names mentioned other than in Mythology books.
One thing that I am sure about, , and you can call it a U.P.G. if you like, is that the future Triad will have a much different lineup than the ones who called to me . They will be a mixture of 4th and 5th generation Gods and Goddesses. Balder will be first and foremost, and it is to him we will look to for wisdom, knowledge, and as a role model to follow. I believe that what Odin whispered into Balder's ear as he lay upon his funeral ship, was that Balder would come back and rule Asgard in His place. The little jewel Hnoss will be all grown up, and will replace her mother Freyja. It is from Hnoss that we will seek love, magic, and understanding. She will have been well taught by her mother in all the skills of Seidr. I hope that her heart will grow to be as big as Fryeja's, for her mothers love is eternal. Out of Vidar, Vali, Modi and Magni, I believe that it is Magni who will become the final leg of the Triad. Vidar and Vali will stay with their brother Balder in Asgard, and Modi is too severe in his temperament to be one of the Gods who calls to us Midgardians. Though these same qualities will make him a great defender of Midgard ! Modi will inherit Mjollinir, because Magni is the strongest being in all the nine worlds, and needs no weapon. Magni also has, despite his great strength, that kindly disposition that makes one feel welcome. Just like his father !
I sometimes wonder who this new Triad will contact, and what they will ask of our descendants, in a thousand or two thousand years. I do hope that our future generations accept them much quicker than I did. I truly wish that I had my years of denial back. I lost so much time because I was afraid to accept that they were really there. Time I can't get back ! Well that is in the past. Our future Triad will consist of Balder the Good, Magical Hnoss, and Powerful Magni. Our future generations will be in good hands !
*** A friend of mine asked me once how many people in the world are named Lif and Lifthrasir, and what were the chances of this being the names of the last two humans to survive ? My answer was simply that in a thousand, or two thousand years, it may be as common as Jon and Joan .
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !