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The History and Significance of the God Vidar



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Vidar is known as the god of Silence. His father was Odin and his mother was called Grid. He also had a brother named Vali and his purpose of existence was to avenge his father's death by killing the Fenris wolf at Ragnarok.

What actually happened was that Odin fell in love at first sight with the exquisite Grid, who used to reside in a cave in the middle of a desert, and asked her hand for marriage. Their bond brought Vidar into being who was so powerful and strong that the elders of that region started comparing him with the prehistoric forests and the mighty eternal forces of nature.

Vidar dwells in Landvidi, the wide land, which is really an exotic palace surrounded by inflorescence, shrubs and what not. It is situated somewhere between the dense thick old forests where there is not a single hint of sound. The only reason why Vidar was in love with this place as because of the calmness and loneliness he found here from which he got his surname " The Silent".

It has been discovered that Vidar seemed to possess all the character traits which an ideal man should have as he was tall, dark and handsome. He used to wear armor and carry a sword with him, wherever he went, which had a blade comparatively broader than the normal ones. Vidar's "thick shoe" managed to gather a lot of popularity and fame as the cobblers in the North started finding it significant to give as many bits and pieces of leather as possible. As it has already been stated, Vidar had to slay the Fenris wolf, therefore he wanted a shoe which was durable and strong enough and had the capability of bearing the sharp teeth of that carnivorous animal.

The simile “as silent as the grave" was veritably made for Vidar as he never bothered to utter a word from his mouth. He was always very solemn and meditative and kept on thinking about the things that would approach him in future. Vidar is not only a figure of future and infinity but he also symbolizes revival and regeneration. His presence affirms that the flowers which have withered away will be replaced by the fresh new ones. It is a known fact that wolf Fenris will now pour all its anger on Vidar after slaying his father but the Northerners staunchly believe that Vidar would continue to fight until he cuts that wolf into pieces. 

Sources:

http://www.holynationofodin.org/education/gods/Vidar.html


 

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