Hlín

October 23rd, 2008 by sabrina

Hlín (pronounced LEAN) is the Norse Goddess of consolation. She is one of Frigg’s handmaidens, and Frigg sends her to protect those whom she wants kept safe. Hlín also comforts mourners and kisses away their tears. She listens to prayers to Frigg, relaying the wishes of worshippers and advising on their fulfillment. Hlín’s name, which means “protector” or “shelterer,” is also seen as Hlyn or Lin.

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4 responses about “Hlín”

  1. Randilin said:

    Have you come across a Goddess or God devoted to Knitting?

  2. sabrina said:

    Hi Randilin! I can’t think of any specifically knitting Goddesses or Gods off the top of my head (other than Deborah Bergman ;-)). I think that it’s a matter of knitting not being specifically mentioned, rather than that are no patron deities. There are many deities, mostly Goddesses, who have reign over “the domestic arts,” which to me includes knitting. Some in particular would be:

    Frigg
    Minerva
    Athena
    Ix Chel

    Then there are also the Goddesses of spinning and weaving, like Habetrot, Srecha, Saule, Neith, Amaterasu, and Tatsuta-Hime. I’ll keep my eyes out for a specific reference to knitting. Thanks for the question!

  3. sabrina said:

    P.S.—I just found this in my searches:

    http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEAThistory101.html

  4. Randilin said:

    Hey Randilin from the Pagan bloggers network. I’m just surfing through the various members today and checking out the blogs and visiting. Thanks for being apart of our little group.

    Thanks also for the great answers, I’ll forward them to my wife, she has been looking for something like that.