Types of Wife in Norse Mythology That Every Man Wants
In Norse mythology, many love stories happened, among gods, giants, dwarves, etc. But among those love stories, only some came to marriage - the holy vow to live with the partner forever. However, only few of these marriages had a happy ending. This blog post is to honour four types of characters of wives in Norse mythology. Each figure is interpreted according to my personal opinions.
Sigyn - Fidelity
There must be some reasons why the Sigyn is considered to be a giantess of fidelity. In the past, no one really cared about her character because she only appeared once or twice in Norse mythology. All she did was literally holding a bowl to collect the venom away from Loki's face. In the modern sense, the value that Sigyn carried is worth honoring.
In Norse mythology, Sigyn was a wife of Loki who was the most mischievous trickster hated by many. All Loki did was to cause trouble to other people around him then he would help them out of trouble to get a feeling of a savior.
The last straw was when Loki indirectly killed Baldur the Prince of Asgard who was expected to lead Asgard after Odin the Allfather. Gods seized and punished Loki severely by binding him to the rock and placing a snake above his head. Prior to this, gods slew a son of Loki and Sigyn.
Sigyn was the Norse symbol of fidelity in Norse mythology. She would choose to stay no matter what happened.
When the whole cosmos turned against Loki, the only one who chose to stay with him was Sigyn. She harbored no hatred toward her husband, helping him in the cave to collect all the venom away from his face. Despite knowing it was because of Loki that her son became a sacrifice, she didn't abandon her husband. Many modern scholars interpret that it was because Sigyn believed there might be a reason for all deeds of Loki. He was motivated by his own desire to prove himself in Pantheon yet he just chose a wrong way to do.
After all, the fidelity which is made from love, affection, and commitment is the one that held Sigyn back to stay with Loki inside a dark cave.
Frigg - Sacrifice and Love
Frigg was among the most powerful female figures in Norse mythology. She was the wife of Odin Asgard ruler and the mother of Baldur the Prince of Asgard. Frigg was a seeress who could see the future but she chose to share it to none.
In one dream, she saw the death of her own son, Baldur. This grieved her a lot because it was not only about Baldur. It was about the whole cosmos as the prophecy said the death of Baldur would ignite Ragnarok Doom of Gods.
Frigg was a seeress in Norse mythology. She was the wife of Odin and the mother of Baldur the Prince of Asgard
There Frigg chose to travel around the Nine Worlds to seek promises of all creatures. She wanted all the creatures to solemnly vow never to hurt her son. It was no easy task because no one knew how many creatures there were in the Nine Worlds. She asked them all, except the mistletoe which unfortunately was turned into a dart and hit Baldur in the heart.
Frigg was the embodiment of the love, commitment, and the sacrifice in marriage. She wanted to pull the best version out of Odin by supporting and standing behind this great Allfather. The love and the commitment of Frigg revolved around the official marriage. This was the key point to distinguish Frigg and Freya who was love embodiment of unofficial marriage.
Freya - Beauty
We all want something with a beautiful look. Every man wants a beautiful wife, no doubt. This aspect is vividly illustrated in Norse mythology via Freya Norse goddess of war.
Freya was the symbol of beauty up in Asgard. She initially lived in Vanaheim but then moved to Asgard to live as a hostage. Everyone in the cosmos wanted Freya to be their wife. She was so beautiful that everyone wanted to keep her for themselves only.
On one occasion, a giant named Thrym stole the Mjolnir hammer of Thor. Yes, he stole the Mjolnir hammer of Thor and promised to give it back when Freya agreed to become his bride. This was not a smart deal because it finally resulted in the death of Thrym when Thor hit him with the Mjolnir hammer. Obviously, the beauty of Freya was strongly attested in this story.
Freya was not only the symbol of beauty but also the goddess of war in Norse mythology
Some might question whether it is shallow to want a beautiful woman to be their wife. My personal opinion is yes, it is. However, we are often attracted to beautiful appearance first before we see through their characters. Nearly whatever is appealing to the eye is art. Those who desire a beautiful wife is simply an artist who appreciate art. It is no serious crime.
Yet, Freya was not only a goddess of beauty. Note that she was the Goddess of War the only one who could share the fallen warriors with Odin the Allfather. This indicated that Freya was not merely a beautiful woman but also a woman of tactics.
In other words, the "beauty" we can see from Freya was the external beauty but the internal attraction as well. That is the core of Norse beauty.
Sif - Dependance
Why it should be dependence instead of independence? A man might desire a strong woman who can define their strength, who respects herself and other people. Yet, a woman who is too strong and so independent might lose attraction to the man.
It is something natural of a man to feel like a woman who depends on him in some ways. What is deeply ingrained in the mindset is that the man should play a major role in a relationship, as the main provider.
What the character Sif in Norse mythology wanted to express was her dependence on her husband - Thor.
In Norse mythology, Sif was a beautiful wife of Thor Norse god of Thunder and Storm. Sif had beautiful golden hair that any woman should envy. Yet, on one day, Loki found himself in a bad mood. He wanted to lift his mood up then he sneaked into the room of Sif and cut her beautiful golden hair off.
Although she just appeared once in Norse mythology when Loki cut her hair only to lift her mood up, she reflected something fragile, weak, and easily broken. Thor appeared to seek justice for her wife by threatening to kill Loki unless the trickster made amends for the beautiful golden hair of Sif.