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To Ran

Hail to Ran, fair bride of noble Aegir,
who holds the keys to the finest of halls,
who guides the drowned man to his final rest,
with a seat by the hearth and a horn of good ale,
to feast and tell tales far beneath the storm.
Ran, whose well-knotted net is ever ready,
whose nine daughters roam the oceans at will,
stirrer of seas, stealer of souls,
in the rush of waves we hear your voice,
in the sharp salt spray we feel your touch.

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Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Heathen Prayers, Ran

 

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To Ran

Hail to Ran, sea-dwelling wife of mighty Aegir,
mother of the nine daughters, of Heaven-Bright
and Bloody-Hair, of Frothing-Wave and Welling-Wave,
of the Cold One and the Pitching One, of Foam-Fleck
and Riser and Billow, all maidens fierce and fair.
Mistress of Hlesey, lady of that bright-lit hall,
hostess most generous, greetings you give to guests
well-traveled, a horn you bear to each who enters
your door. Dark-haired Ran, fearsome beauty, friend and foe
of seafaring folk, safe passage your gift to those
you favor, swift taker of those who sink below.
Hail to Ran, whose hand reaches through the dark sea-depths,
whose hoard of sea-sunk treasure, of shining gold and jewels,
would rival any king’s, whose open-hearted welcome
to those within your walls is assured. Hail to Ran!

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Heathen Prayers, Ran

 

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A Daily Devotion

Hail to Odin, ruthless seeker of wisdom,
far-seeing persuader, bender of what will be.

Hail to Frigga, exacting mistress of the home,
seeress and spinner whose gifts weave through our lives.

Hail to Thor, strong-armed defender of Midgard,
red-bearded rain-bringer, faithful friend of mankind.

Hail to Sif, golden-haired goddess, dear wife of Thor,
treasure of the gods, bringer of life to the cold earth.

Hail to Frey, giver of wealth of gold and grain alike,
of peace and protection, of joy and of pleasure.

Hail to Freya, who stirs sweet desire and keen-edged strife,
seeress, sorceress, strong-willed holder of war-dead.

Hail to Tyr, one-armed granter of justice deserved,
Thing-warder, wolf-binder, strong-minded foe of chaos.

Hail to Skadhi, sharp-minded huntress, winter’s maid,
bow-woman, vengeance-seeker, shining bride of Njord.

Hail to Ullr, snowshoe god, friend of hunters,
unsurpassed, glory of the gods.

Hail to Eir, soft-handed healer, gentle goddess
whose touch brings relief from ills of all kinds.

Hail to Heimdall, constant guardian of bright Bifrost,
keen-eyed giver of clear thought, father of men.

Hail to Nerthus, ancient and unfathomable,
holder of the black earth and of the seeds within.

Hail to Njord, fair-footed husband of fierce Skadhi,
friend of sailors, seacoast-dweller, giver of wealth.

Hail to Bragi, foremost of skalds, rune-tongued master
of inspiration’s fire, of wordcraft’s labor.

Hail to Idunna, keeper of the treasured fruit
of youth and vigor, radiant renewer of life.

Hail to Forseti, law-giver and law-keeper,
arbiter, peacemaker, mender of fences.

Hail to Hella, host of our beloved dead,
inevitable one to whom we all will go

Hail to Aegir, best of brewers, best of hosts,
master of the dark sea depths and all they hold.

Hail to Ran, ocean-queen, keeper of Aegir’s hall,
stirrer of storms, both bane and reprieve of ships at sea.

Hail to Balder, brightest son of farseeing Odin,
final hope of the gods, final hope of all the worlds.

Hail to Nanna, bold-hearted bride of Balder,
strong one, true one, holding fast to hearth and heart.

Hail to Jord, deep-souled mother of red-bearded Thor,
enduring holder of breath and blood, sea and stone.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Heathen Prayers

 

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