Thursday, August 09, 2018

Gimle-the Future Abode of Odin's Chosen

Further to my article Garma, Ragnarok and the New Aryan Man I have given additional reflection to the future abode of regenerated man. Again the Eddas are my primary source as I wish to consider this issue from the standpoint of Germanic mythology. The Eddas make reference to a place called Gimle: 

"A hall she sees standing there, fairer than the sun, thatched with gold, at Gimle; there the noble lords will live and spend their days in pleasure." (Voluspa 64, Elder Edda, Larrington translation)

Who are these "noble lords"? Benjamin Thorpe in his translation of Voluspa uses the term "righteous people":

"She a hall sees standing than the sun brighter, with gold bedecked, in Gimill: there shall the righteous people dwell, and for evermore happiness enjoy." (Voluspa 62) 

Henry Adams Bellows translates this verse as:

"More fair than the sun, a hall I see, Roofed with gold on Gimle it stands, There shall the righteous rulers dwell, And happiness ever there shall they have." (Voluspa 64) 

W.H Auden & P.B. Taylor:

"Fairer than sunlight, I see a hall. A hall thatched with gold in Gimle: Kind Lords shall live there in delight for ever."

Jacqueline Simpson:

"I see a hall all thatched with gold stand fairer than the sun; There just men shall live and rejoice in bliss while endless ages run."  


"A house I see that standeth there, bright-builded, than the sun more fair; o'er Gimli shines its tiles of gold, its halls no grief nor evil hold, and there shall worthy men and true in living days delight pursue."

Olive Bray:

"I see yet a hall more fair than the sun, roofed with gold in the Fire-sheltered realm; ever shall dwell there all holy beings, blest with joy through the days of time." (Voluspa 64) 

This is just a selection of some of the translations available. So we have the following interpretations of the future inhabitants of Gimle:

.noble lords
.righteous people
.righteous rulers
.Kind Lords
.just men
.worthy men
.holy beings

That is quite a variation in terms of the translation of two Old Norse words-'dyggvar drottir' which in my very limited understanding of the language means 'virtuous (or righteous) rulers'. Bellows is the only one of the aforementioned translators to have got it right although Larrington is not far off the mark! However who are these 'righteous rulers'? Are they Gods, men or some other type of being? For clarification of this point we need to search out other references to Gimle in the Eddas. To my knowledge the term occurs in three passages in the Younger Edda.

If we turn to Gylfaginning in the Younger Edda we find a repetition of the relevant verse in Voluspa:

"I know a hall standing fairer than the sun, better than gold, at Gimle. There shall virtuous men dwell, and for all ages enjoy delight." (Faulkes translation)

Anthony Faulkes uses the term "virtuous men". Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur translates instead the term as "the doers of righteousness":

"A hall I know standing than the sun fairer, Thatched with gold in Gimle bright; There shall dwell the doers of righteousness And ever and ever enjoy delight." 

Unfortunately I do not have access to the Old Norse original text of Gylfaginning so I cannot comment upon the accuracy of the translation but the above two examples have "virtuous men" or "the doers of righteousness", indicating the human origins of these inhabitants.

Not only do men live in Gimle but so does Odin according to Gylfaginning:

"But his greatest work is that he made man and gave him a soul that shall live and never perish though the body decay to dust or burn to ashes. And all men who are righteous shall live and dwell with him himself in the place called Gimle or Vingolf, but wicked men go to Hel and on to Niflhel; that is down in the ninth world." (Faulkes)

Again we have further emphasis on the 'good' and 'virtuous' men who reside in Gimle:

"There will then be many mansions that are good, and many that are bad. The best place to be in heaven then will be Gimle, and there will be plenty of good drink for those that take pleasure in it and the hall called Brimir. That is also in heaven. That is also a good hall which is situated on Nidafioll, built of red gold. It is called Sindri. In these halls shall dwell good and virtuous people." (Gylfaginning, Faulkes)

It is clear that Gimle will itself be protected from the fires of Surt and will be the only safe refuge for the remnant of humanity which will survive:

"Then spoke Gangleri: 'What will protect this place when Surt's fire burns heaven and earth?'
"High said: 'They say there is another heaven south of and above this heaven of ours, and that heaven is called Andlang; and that there is a third heaven still further above that one, and that is called Vidblain, and that it is only light-elves that inhabit these places for the time being.' " (Gylfaginning, Faulkes) 

That is a very interesting revelation for it is clear that Gimle is reserved for a future event-the rescue of a remnant of humanity during and after the events of Ragnarok which in my opinion will be centred on a nuclear holocaust which will engulf the world, reaching up to the heavens. Gimle will be the only safe refuge.

The southernmost location of Gimle in the heavens is emphasised and that it will survive not only Ragnarok but the passing away of heaven and earth:

"At the southernmost end of heaven is the hall which is fairest of all and brighter than the sun, called Gimle. It shall stand when both heaven and earth have passed away, and in that place shall live good and righteous people for ever and ever." (Gylfaginning, Faulkes) 

The etymology of Gimle is quite instructive-"the place protected from fire." (Dictionary of Northern Mythology, Rudolf Simek)

Whilst a remnant of mankind will survive it does not appear that he will repopulate the earth but will exist in a different dimension and on a higher vibratory frequency as he once did in the Satya Yuga or Golden Age. On this frequency he can openly communicate with the Gods and other entities.  Indeed only those who are 'righteous' in the eye of Odin will live on. In view of the devastation that man has wreaked upon the earth and will continue to do so until a stop is put to his selfish behaviour it is only fitting that our earth be free from him. If as some speculate Aryan man does not have his origins on this planet but 'in the stars' then perhaps it is indeed right that he leave the earth!


Steed said...

Fantastic bit of research and commentary WK. Despite my pointing out to Heathens that 'heaven' is an English, pre-Christian word, people have tried to tell me that 'heaven' is a purely Judeo-Christian concept. It always seemed obvious to me that it was actually a native concept which was co-opted by Judeo-Christianity.

Also, the different Halls you mention here remind me of the '7 Astral Planes' ("7th Heaven").

Wotans Krieger said...

Hello Steed, thanks. Yes I agree. In our critique of Christianity we must be careful and not "throw away the baby with the bath water." Christianity in Europe is heavily influenced by Germanic heathenism. An excellent scholarly work on this subject which is recommended by Dr Stephen Edred Flowers is The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity by James C. Russell-the best of its kind. Just as Christianity transformed heathenism in its drive to eradicate it it was itself transformed by the very thing that it sought to destroy. I know that some heathens/pagans fall into the same trap as many fundamental Christians by trying to categorise beliefs in a neat fashion whilst we both know life is more complex than that.
Interestingly the nine worlds of Norse Eddic mythology were reduced to 7 by the heathen Anglo-Saxons which gives a different spin on the concept. I believe that these are all heavens or different dimensions/states of vibrational frequency. This is a subject deserving of more study. If anything I am pleased to see that the Younger Edda indicates in several verses the survival of Odin-something I knew instinctually for a very long time but hitherto had no evidence.