Ok, I just need to share this before going on to the future updates… I have not been here very long but I have to say that this person is by far the strangest and scariest person that I have encountered so far! I have had the opportunity, need or reason to meet with him personally…I think it’s a him? And, I think I would like to keep it that way? I understand that he is a highly revered and honored member of the community, but I just can not get over the fact that he kind of makes my skin crawl when ever he is around. I have been advised by other travelers to keep my distance from him as he seems to sense something different about us. Something different about us? I would say if there is something not right or different about anyone here, it would most certainly be him and not us!
And for your information, no it is not Floki… he is rather an odd one, or so I’ve heard- I have not had the chance yet to meet him! No, this person that I’ve seen occasionally wandering through the village is the one they call the Seer?
Seiðr (sometimes anglicized as seidhr, seidh, seidr, seithr or seith) is an Old Norse term for a type of sorcery which was practiced in Norse society during the Late Scandinavian Iron Age. Connected with Norse religion, its origins are largely unknown, although it gradually eroded following the Christianization of Scandinavia. Accounts of seiðr later made it into sagas and other literary sources, while further evidence has been unearthed by archaeologists. Various scholars have debated the nature of seiðr, some arguing that it was shamanic in context, involving visionary journeys by its practitioners.
Seiðr practitioners were of both genders, although females are more widely attested, with such sorceresses being variously known as vǫlur, seiðkonur and vísendakona. There were also accounts of male practitioners, known as seiðmenn, but in practicing magic they brought a social taboo, known as ergi, on to themselves, and were sometimes persecuted as a result. In many cases these magical practitioners would have had assistants to aid them in their rituals.
Within pre-Christian Norse mythology, seiðr was associated with both the god Oðinn, a deity who was simultaneously responsible for war, poetry and sorcery, as well as the goddess Freyja, a member of the Vanir who was believed to have taught the practice to the Æsir.
In the 20th century, adherents of various modern pagan new religious movements adopted forms of magico-religious practice that include seiðr. The practices of these contemporary seiðr-workers have since been investigated by various academic researchers operating in the field of pagan studies.
John Kavenagh: John Kavanagh is one of Ireland’s underrated character actors. Little detail is given on him, yet he has appeared in many well-known films and television series alongside a variety of actors.
All I can say is, What an astounding and amazing transformation and much praise to John Kavenagh on his performances as the Seer! I am sharing this bit of Casting here only because I am so in awe of the creation of this character! I also hope that in seeing the real person behind the character, it takes away some of the skin crawling for you, as it has done for me? Though, when I think about it, I probably should have left it alone as he is meant to make your skin crawl at least a little!
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