Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tolkien and the Use of the `Ar` Prefix

The writings of J.R.R. Tolkien are replete with Aryan undertones and references.
According Robert Foster[The Complete Guide to Middle-Earth] under the entry "Ar:[Ad.:`royal,king`] Prefix attached to royal names of those rulers of Numenor who took their names in Adunaic."
There are literally scores of personal and place names that feature the Ar prefix. As a scholar of Germanic and Celtic languages Tolkien must have understood the significance and meaning of this term. It is highly significant that the prefix features so prominently, the name Aragorn being one of the most well known.
I will be make an in depth study of this subject as I continue my researches into Tolkien`s work.
In the meantime please enjoy this poem by Tolkien which concerns the mythical land of Aryador from the Book of Lost Tales, Part One:

In the vales of Aryador
By the wooded inland shore
Green the lakeward bents and meads
Sloping down to murmurous reeds
That whisper in the dusk o’er Aryador:

Do you hear the many bells
Of the goats upon the fells
Where the valley tumbles downward from the pines?
Do you hear the blue woods moan
When the Sun has gone alone
To hunt the mountain-shadows in the pines?

She is lost among the hills
And the upland slowly fills
With the shadow-folk that murmur in the fern;
And still there are the bells
And the voices on the fells
While Eastward a few stars begin to burn.

Men are kindling tiny gleams
Far below by mountain-streams
Where they dwell among the beechwoods near the shore,
But the great woods on the height
Watch the waning western light
And whisper to the wind of things of yore,

When the valley was unknown,
And the waters roared alone,
And the shadow-folk danced downward all the night,
When the Sun fared abroad
Through great forests unexplored
And the woods were full of wandering beams of light.

Then were voices in the fells
And a sound of ghostly bells
And a march of shadow-people o’er the height.
In the mountains by the shore
In forgotten Aryador
There was dancing and was ringing;
There were shadow-people singing
Ancient songs of olden gods in Aryador.’

Friday, August 17, 2012

Aryaman/Airyaman/Ariomanus/Eremon/Irmin-the Divine Concept of Aryanness

Within the various Indo-European mythologies there exists a God who encapsulates within Himself the very nature and essence of Aryan man.
My readers may wish to familiarise themselves with the contents of my article "`Ar` as a Prefix in Aryan God/Goddess Names" posted on 4/8/12 on this blog before going any further.

Aryaman[Indo-Aryan], Airyaman[Iranian], Irmin[Germanic], Ariomanus[Celtic-Gallic] and Eremon[Celtic-Irish] are all cognates of the same deity which must hearken back to Proto-Indo-European times. Apart from the linguistic similarity, these Indo-European peoples are spread over different parts of the globe making linguistic borrowing highly unlikely. Therefore the undivided Aryans must have had a common name for this God.

Aryaman is a solar deity and represents the spirit and very essence of Aryan society.
Jaan Puhvel has this to say about Him: "Aryaman- is originally a neuter abstract, something like `Aryanness`, the deified embodiment of social self-identification." He goes on to link Aryaman with the Iranian Airyaman: "His Indo-Iranian ancestry is proved by his Avestan counterpart Airyaman...."[Comparative Mythology].
Eremon[Irish] is closely related to Ariomanus[Gallic]. Puhvel states: The king of the sons of Mil, Eremon, is etymologically the equivalent of the Gaulish Ariomanus, reflecting the same personified *aryomn `Aryanness` as is seen in the Vedic Aryaman and the Iranian Airyaman."

The sons of Mil is a mythological reference to the Celtic and thus Aryan invaders of Ireland/Eire-the land of the Aryans. These Celtic and Indo-Iranian deities are all connected amongst other things with road building and marriage contracting. Furthermore Puhvel links these four deities with the Germanic Irmin who is specifically a Saxon God. The Irminsul, which is the West Germanic equivalent to the North Germanic Yggdrasil, a world pillar or tree contains the name of this deity, signifying that like His cognates He is a solar deity. The Old Saxon word irmintheod means `mankind` and by extension `Irmin`s people`. Again we have the same sort of meaning as found in the name Aryaman.

We can draw further links with the Indo-Aryan Manu or the Germanic Mannus. Mannus is the divine ancestor of the Germanic peoples. Manu has a similar position amongst the Indo-Aryans. The `manus` in Ariomanus and the `mon` in Eremon may be indirectly linked to this Indo-European divine ancestor.
*Aryomn, the reconstructed PIE word for this deity indicates that His presence is to be found not only amongst the Indo-Iranians but to the chagrin of the Aryan-hating liberal multiracialists He is present amongst the Celts and Teutons as well indicating once more the appropriateness of the term `Aryan` as a self-designation for all native Indo-Europeans. It is also an indication that `aryanness` is a concept worth cherishing and protecting. It is the spiritual and physical essence of who we are as Aryans.

Thus the Ar-man is thus son[ar] of light, he is the son of the Aryan Gods and Goddesses as we have long known and felt within us. His totem is the eagle, the aar and his rune is the ar rune:" The `ar`, the `urfyr`[primal fire, god], the `sun`, the `light` will destroy spiritual as well as physical darkness, doubt, and uncertainty. In the sign of the Ar the Aryans-the sons of the sun-founded their law[Rita], the primal law of the Aryans, of which the earn, or eagle[Aaar], is the hieroglyph."[Guido von List, The Secret of the Runes/Das Geheimnis der Runen].

Sunday, August 12, 2012

*Perkunos-The Original Name of the Northern PIE Thunder God

For a long time I have recognised the special relationship between the Germanic, Baltic and Slavic Thunder Gods, not only in their functions, characteristics and physical attributes but also in the shared etymological origins of His name.
The reconstructed name of the Proto-Indo-European Thunder God is *Perkunos. From this name we derive the name of the Baltic Thunder God Perkonis amongst the Prussians[Prussian is an extinct Baltic language], Perkons from the Latvian and

Perkunas from the Lithuanian. All these aforementioned languages are Baltic which is now recognised as the oldest Indo-European language group. I suggest that scholars should direct their efforts in exploring the language, folklore and mythology of the Balts for in so doing we will learn more about our shared Aryan past.
Amongst the Slavic peoples He is named Perun[Czech]and Pyerun[Russian]and Perunu[Old Russian].
There is a possible cognate with the Indic Parjanya, an alternative name for the Hindu God Indra[who is also called Indara amongst the Iranians].
There would not appear to be a direct association with the Germanic Thor/Thunar/Donar but we should recollect that an alternative name for Jord[Thor`s mother] is Fjorgyn which Jaan Puhvel[Comparative Mythology] states is a cognate.
The Celtic Taranis is cognate with the Germanic Thunar and thus indirectly liked to *Perkunos.
All this is suggestive of a very close shared mythological link between the Balts, Slavs and Teutons and a more tenuous link with the Celts. No doubt this is because the Teutons remained as one people with the Balts and Slavs long after the dispersal of the Celts and the link between the Balts and Slavs is much longer still.
These Thunder Gods all carry an axe or a hammer. The Baltic and Slavic Thunder Gods are generally seen with an axe which my readers will know from earlier articles is a much older weapon than the hammer and Thor`s hammer developed from this.
Also the first axes were made of stone and this is reflected in the etymology of hammer which originally meant `stone`.
The antiquity of the northern European Thunder God is also reflected in the Baltic and Slavic names which are derived from PIE *peru which means `stone`.
Amongst our ancestors an association between the Thunder God and the stone axe was made in the concept of thunder falling to earth in the form of a stone axe.
Another thing that these Thunder Gods have in common is their physical and material characteristics-red bearded/red haired, hot-tempered and rambling across the heavens in a chariot pulled by a goat or goats.
The Thunder God amongst the Balts and Slavs is regarded very much as their supreme deity. I believe that at one stage this was also the case amongst the Teutons but as we know in some parts of the Germanic world Thor was still recognised as occupying this position, such as in the north Germanic language area. The cult of Odin/Woden/Wotan appears to have developed in the south Germanic language area and spread northwards.
Amongst the Greek and Roman pantheons the Thunder God[Zeus/Jupiter] still reigned as supreme which is an indication of His great antiquity and importance.
Within the Germanic heathen community we need to give proper recognition to the Thunder God and not shy away from exploring the myths, folk tales and folklore of related northern Aryan peoples and indeed other non-Indo-European speaking peoples such as the Finns for it would appear that Finnish mythology has much in common with Germanic mythology.
The Finnish Thunder God is Ukko, whose sacred trees are the oak and the rowan and His weapon is an axe or a hammer, sometimes a stick or a sword. It is believed that He has Indo-European origins. Iron age specimens of axe and hammer pendants have been found in Finland. His name may have developed from Perkele which seems suspiciously related to *Perkunos.

Sources: Comparative Mythology by Jaan Puhvel.
The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World by J.P. Mallory and D.Q. Adams.
European Myth and Legend by Mike Dixon-Kennedy.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Wotans Krieger Recommends Parsifal DVD

Performed in Bayreuth, the sacred place where Wagner intended this music drama to be staged it features a very Nordic looking Parsifal played by Poul Elming.
How refreshing to enjoy the spectacle of a traditional performance. However we should not be surprised about this as the Stage Director and Set Designer is Wolfgang Wagner who unlike his brother Wieland understood the necessity to be faithful to the intended interpretation and portrayal of this 13th and last music drama.
Too often we have witnessed since the days of Wieland the de-germanification of the Master`s works and this is nothing other than a betrayal of both the Master himself and Aryan culture.
Linda Watson as Kundry was simply magnificent!
This production captures the true essence of the drama and the set design is both traditional in spirit but innovative in technical design. Without any hesitation I would recommend this particular production to all true Wagnerians.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

`Ar` as a Prefix in Aryan God/Goddess Names

It should not come as any surprise to us that as our ancestors identified so closely with their Gods, going so far to identify themselves as being children of the Gods that we should find the Ar[Aryan] prefix and its cognates[Her/Ir] as components in the names of our deities.
Most significant is the God name Aryaman[Sanskrit] who has cognates in Avestan[Airyaman],Gaul[Ariomanus], Old Irish[Eremon]and German[Irmin/Hirmin]. Jaan Puhvel states in Comparative Mythology "Aryaman-is originally a neuter abstract, something like `Aryanness`, the deified embodiment of social identification."
Ahriman is a later Zoroastrian entity and an alternative name for the demon Angra Mainyu. We must not forget that Zoroastrianism like other monotheistic religions has its basis in the demonisation of ancient Aryan Gods. We have witnessed the same process throughout christianised Europe.
Aryaman is a God who is primarily concerned with the institution of marriage but also road/pathway building and maintenance. However more than this, as Puhvel states He embodies the very concept of being an Aryan, something which our ancestors were very much aware of even hundreds and thousands of years after the break up and dispersal of the Proto-Indo-European people. The fact that this God name is found amongst the Celts and Teutons and not just the Iranians and Indo-Aryans signifies once and for all that the term `Aryan` is an appropriate and indeed the most fitting term for Aryan self-identification but unlike `Indo-European` and `Indo-Germanic` it is a value loaded term and this is why it is hated by the `liberal` establishment.
It is a term which is associated with the eagle, the supreme totemic symbol of the Aryan peoples, with light, honous[Ehre], nobilty, aristocracy, the martial spirit and light complexioned physical features. It is also associated with the plough and agriculture as scholars are now beginning to appreciate, for the spread of agriculture in Europe during the Neolithic period was the consequence of waves of returning Indo-Europeans.
Other Gods, Godesses and semi-divine heroes bear this prefix in their names:
Ares, Artemis, Aurora, Arjuna, Eriu, Arthur/Artur, Arawn, Arianhod, Artio, Arduinna[bear Goddess from the Ardennes], Arnemetia[Goddess from Derbyshire, England], Artaies[Gaul], Hercules/Heracles, Arvagastiae[matrons from near Aachen], Arvolecia[Germanic healing Goddess from mid 2nd century CE Brough in East Yorkshire, England], Arnhofdi[Old Norse-`the one with the eagles`s head`-Odin], Herblindi[Old Norse-`the one who blinds the enemy army`-Odin], Herass[Old Norse-`army god`-Odin], Herjafodr[Old Norse-`father of the army`-Odin], Herjan[Old Norse-`lord`-Odin as leader of the Wild Hunt], Herteitr[Old Norse-`the one liking armies`-Odin], Hertyr[Old Norse-`army god`-Odin], Hervor[valkyrie], Herja[Old Norse-`to devastate`-a valkyrie]and Hermann/Arminius.
The `Ar` prefix is also to be found in countless ancient Indo-European personal names and especially those of heroes and prominent people, in particular from ancient Greece.