Follow the link »Odin rules« PDF more information. Scholarly theories have been proposed regarding Sleipnir’s potential connection to shamanic practices among the Norse pagans.
Författare: Serina Heinen.
Religion findet sich nicht nur in Kirchen und Moscheen, sondern auch an profanen Orten wie Heavy Metal-Konzerten. Mittels der Analyse von Konzerten, Liedtexten, CD-Covern und Interviews mit bekannten Musikern im Bereich des Pagan Metal diskutiert Serina Heinen das Verhältnis von Religion und Populärkultur.
Dabei tritt ein wichtiger Aspekt von moderner Religion zutage, der in religionssoziologischen Debatten kaum Beachtung findet: Religion im populärkulturellen Kontext ist vieldeutig. Pagan Metal ist voller explizit religionsbezogener Symbolik, doch verstehen die Musiker ihre künstlerische Auseinandersetzung mit Religion nicht zwingend als religiöses Bekenntnis.
In the Poetic Edda, Sleipnir appears or is mentioned in the poems Grímnismál, Sigrdrífumál, Baldrs draumar, and Hyndluljóð. An illustration of Odin riding Sleipnir from an 18th-century Icelandic manuscript. In the Prose Edda book Gylfaginning, Sleipnir is first mentioned in chapter 15 where the enthroned figure of High says that every day the Æsir ride across the bridge Bifröst, and provides a list of the Æsir’s horses. In chapter 42, Sleipnir’s origins are described. High who the horse Sleipnir belongs to and what there is to tell about it.
High expresses surprise in Gangleri’s lack of knowledge about Sleipnir and its origin. The gods declare that Loki would deserve a horrible death if he could not find a scheme that would cause the builder to forfeit his payment, and threatened to attack him. Loki, afraid, swore oaths that he would devise a scheme to cause the builder to forfeit the payment, whatever it would cost himself. That night, the builder drove out to fetch stone with his stallion Svaðilfari, and out from a wood ran a mare. When the Æsir realize that the builder is a hrimthurs, they disregard their previous oaths with the builder, and call for Thor. Thor arrives, and kills the builder by smashing the builder’s skull into shards with the hammer Mjöllnir. In chapter 49, High describes the death of the god Baldr.
Hermóðr agrees to ride to Hel to offer a ransom for Baldr’s return, and so „then Odin’s horse Sleipnir was fetched and led forward. Hermóðr mounts Sleipnir and rides away. In chapter 16 of the book Skáldskaparmál, a kenning given for Loki is „relative of Sleipnir. Gestumblindi said: „Who are the twain that on ten feet run? Alright guess now this riddle, Heithrek! Heithrek said: „Good is thy riddle, Gestumblindi, and guessed it is: that is Odin riding on Sleipnir.
In chapter 13 of Völsunga saga, the hero Sigurðr is on his way to a wood and he meets a long-bearded old man he had never seen before. Sigurd tells the old man that he is going to choose a horse, and asks the old man to come with him to help him decide. The old man says that they should drive the horses down to the river Busiltjörn. Sleipnir is generally considered as appearing in a sequence of events described in book I of Gesta Danorum.