Skathi, or Skade Norse Goddess Statue
6 3/4" x 4 1/4" x 9
Hand painted and hand finished Cold Cast Bronze resin
In Norse mythology, Skaği (sometimes
anglicized as Skadi, Skade, or Skathi) is a goddess associated with bowhunting,
skiing, winter, and mountains.
Skaği is attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the
13th century from earlier traditional sources; the Prose Edda and Heimskringla,
written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson, and in the works of skalds.
In all sources, Skaği is the daughter of the deceased Şjazi, and Skaği
married the god Njörğr as part of the compensation provided by the gods for
killing her father Şjazi.
In Heimskringla, Skaği is described as having split up
with Njörğr and as later having married the god Ullr, and that the two
produced many children together.
In both the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda, Skaği is
responsible for placing the serpent that drips venom onto the bound Loki. Skaği
is alternately referred to as Öndurguğ (Old Norse "ski god") and
(Old Norse "ski lady").
The etymology of the name Skaği is uncertain, but may be connected with the
original form of Scandinavia. Some place names in Scandinavia, particularly in
Sweden, refer to Skaği.
Scholars have theorized a potential connection between
Skaği and the god Ullr (who is also associated with skiing and appears most
frequently in place names in Sweden), a particular relationship with the jötunn
Loki, and that Scandinavia may be related to the name Skaği (potentially
meaning "Skaği's island") or the name may be connected to an Old
Norse noun meaning "harm".
Skaği has inspired various works of art.
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