According to Norse mythology, Freyr was closely linked with the Sun. He was the god of peace and fertility. His parents were the sea god Njord and the giantess Skadi. On a journey to the underworld, he saw and fell in love with the giantess Gerd.
He sent his servant, Skirnir, on a journey to convince Gerd to marry him. He also gave him a magic sword to use. Skirnir, however, could not convince Gerd to marry his master. It wasn’t until he threatened her with the magic sword that Gerd agreed to meet Freyr in a grove of trees to become his bride.
Skirnir’s journey into the underworld is symbolic of the winter months in the Norse lands, where there are long periods of darkness.
* Solar Folklore
For centuries, humans have attempted to explain the Sun in terms of their own worldviews. The Sun can be a god, a demon, a mischievous spirit, an omnipotent creator or a ruthless taker of life. Whatever role it plays, most cultures have recognized the significance of the Sun as prime controller of all life on Earth.
As you read these, remember they were not stories created to entertain, nor were they written for children. These myths, legends and accounts represent their culture’s worldview, a peoples’ attempt to explain, understand, and come to grips with nature’s phenomena. To the people who tell them, these reports are as relevant and true, as deeply meaningful and spiritually important, as any scientific explanations.
Source: NASA SDO Facebook page.