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River Hags…


Like Moytura before it

this tale straddles at least two epochs.



Both stone and iron ages are depicted

coexisting as one.



It is possible that the whole tale

was constructed in order

to explain why Thor went to Jotunheim

without his hammer.



 Which simply means that the crux of the tale

was originally told before Thor possessed a hammer.


Thor fishes for Jormungand, the World Serpent, with an ox head


Why else would the god have hurled

a rock at Gjalp and not a hammer?



‘Gjalp’ we are told means ‘giant’

and here the river hag is ‘sinister’

while in the Irish tale, the hag,

glossed as the Morrigan, is ‘righteous’

and helps the gods magically overcome the giants.



The magic, despite being

occluded in both tales, is derived

 from the potency of menstrual blood.



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