Forseti: Norse god of justice, judgment, mediation, and reconciliation

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Forseti: Norse god of justice, judgment, mediation, and reconciliation

What is forseti the god of?

The Viking God of Justice and Reconciliation.

In Norse Mythology and the Ásatrú religion, the Viking God Forseti is a deity of the Aes family who plays a minor role in the mythology of this religion as we know it. He is the god of justice and reconciliation. Forseti means "the one who presides" in old Icelandic. His dwelling place, Glitnir, is in the heavens. It has red gold pillars and a silver roof; it is where he presides over the court and does justice to all conflicts of men as well as Viking Gods by favouring mediation. He is the son of the God Balder and the Goddess Nanna.

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Forseti is mentioned only once in the Edda Poétique, in verse 15 of the poem Grímnismál. The God Odin describes the heavenly dwellings and explains that the Glitnir gold and silver hall is the residence of Forseti who "appeases every trial", the great court of the Gods. "All those who come to submit their disputes to him return to reconcile. It is the best court among Gods and men. Forseti is mentioned as one of the twelve Aesi Gods presiding at the banquet for the visit of Aegir, however he does not intervene in the story. The Balder God is often referred to as "Father of Forseti".

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The God Forseti is not a very important God of Norse Mythology, he is rather symbolic, because he is the head of the greatest court in the universe. He is the president of the court only for citizen affairs, for armed conflicts it is rather the God of war Tyre who takes his place.

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Moreover, it has been suggested that Forseti is a hypostasis of the God Tyre according to some specialists in the Nordic and Germanic world. Alcuin describes that at the beginning of the eighth century, Saint Willibrord visited an island between Friesland and Denmark, called Fositesland in honour of the God who was worshipped there. A place in Norway in the Oslo Fjord, Forsetlund, may be named after the God Forseti.

This blog post is inspired from : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forseti

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