Gná

September 30th, 2008 by sabrina

Gná (pronounced NYA) is the Norse Goddess of the breeze. She is one of Frigg‘s handmaidens, and acts as her messenger and scout. Her horse, Hófvarpnir (Hoof-thrower), is able to run across air and water, carrying Gná to her destinations. On one of her journeys, Gná came across a king who was in despair over his lack of an heir. She reported this back to Frigg, along with the fact that the king had always been a faithful worshipper, making offerings of fruit to the Gods. Frigg gave Gná a magical apple to take back to the king. When Gná returned to where she had seen the king, she transformed into a crow and perched in the tree above him. She dropped the apple down, and the king, realizing it was a gift from the Gods, took it home for his wife to eat. In answer to their prayers, she became pregnant and bore a son to carry on the family name. The son, Volsung, became a great hero, immortalized in the Volsunga Saga. Gná’s name, which means “to fly high,” is also seen as Gnaa or Ljod.

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