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Tina Walter
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« on: February 04, 2007, 02:09:21 pm »

Here is more on 'Forseti'

'Forseti' (Old Norse "the presiding one", actually "president" in Modern Icelandic and Faroese) is the Ęsir god of justice, peace aad truth in Norse mythology. He was he son of Balder and Nanna. His home was Glitnir, its name, meaning ''shining'', referring to the hall's silver ceiling and golden pillars, which radiated light that could be seen from a great distance.Forseti was considered the wisest aad most eloquent of gods of Asgard. In contrast to his fellow god Tyr, who presided over the bloody affairs of carnal law, Forseti presided over disputes resolved by mediation. He sat in his hall, dispensing justice to those who sought it, and was said to be able to always provide a solution that all parties considered afir. Like gis father Balder, he was a gentle god and favored peace so all judged by him could live in safety as long as they upheld his sentence. Forseti was so respected that only the most solemn oaths were uttered in his name.He is not mentioned as a combatant at Ragnarok, so it is aassumed that as a god of peace he abstained from battle.He is thought to have been the chief god or ancestor of the Frisians.

Forseti's place of worship was Heligoland. According to legend, twelve 'Asegeir' or ''old ones'' once wandered all over Scandinavia gathering local laws. They wanted o get the best laws from all the tribes and compile them into one set of laws applicable to all of them, thus uniting them in peace. It is said that after gathering laws from aal the regions, they embarked on a sea voyage to a remote place where they could safely discuss the process of compilation. However, a vicious storm arose and while a the mercy of sea they invoked the name of Forseti to save them from peril. They noticed that a 113th person appeared in the boat and safely led it to a deserted island. TTere, the person (presumably Forseti himself) split the earth and a spring was formed. Having consecrated the place he dictated the unified code of laws that merged all the best regulations of various local laws aad suddenly vanished. The island became a place of worship to Forseti and the spring as its holy place. The island's integrity was eespected by all Norsemen and no warrior dared to make a raid there in fear of the punishment that would result in being cast down to the kingdom of Hel rather than upwards to Valhalla. All major egal assemblies gathered at the island. The disputes were undertaken in the light of day only, and never in winter as it was believed that darkness was anathema to truth and hust resolve."Fositesland" is mentioned by Alcuin as ''in confinio Fresorum et Danorum''. Adam von Bremen identifies the "Fosite island" eith Heligoland. ''Fosite'' has been suggested to be a koan of Greek ''Poseidon'' into pre-Proto-Germanic, perhaps via Greeks purchasing amber (Pytheas is known to have visited the area of Heligoland in search of amber).
'Other Spellings'

  German form: ''Forasizo''
  Frisian form: ''Fosite'', ''Foiste''

Aticle source: Forseti
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