Ran The Norse Goddess Of The Sea  

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"RAN" IS THE NORSE GODDESS OF THE SEA; SHE IS A WATER DEITY WHO RULES THE OCEANS AND THE STORMS. SHE HAS BEEN CALLED CRUEL, GREEDY AND INSATIABLE. SHE REIGNS OVER THE THE UNDERWORLD FOUND AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA. RAN MATED WITH HER BROTHER, AEGIR, THE SEA GOD, AND THEY HAD NINE BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS, THE WAVES. (IN CELTIC MYTHOLOGY, THE NINTH WAVE REPRESENTS THE BORDER BETWEEN THE KNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN WORLDS.) HER NAME MEANS "ROBBERY", AND SHE COULD OFTEN BE FOUND LURKING ON THE DANGEROUS CLIFFS AND, WITH THE HELP OF HER DAUGHTERS, ENTICING MARINERS TO APPROACH; ONCE WITHIN HER REACH, SHE SPREAD HER FISHING NET OVER THEM AND CALMLY DRAWS THEM DOWN INTO HER REALM.

"STORY OF SIEGFRIED"

"IN THE DEEP SEA CAVES"BY THE SOUNDING SHORE,"IN THE DASHING WAVES"WHEN THE WILD STORMS ROAR,"IN HER COLD GREN BOWERS,"IN THE NORTHERN FIORDS,"SHE LURKS AND SHE GLOWERS,"SHE GRASPS AND SHE HOARDS"AND SHE SPREADS HER STRONG"NET FOR HER PREY."--JAMES BALDWIN-- THE NORSE PEOPLE BELIEVED THAT DROWNING VICTIMS WERE NOT ADMITTED INTO VALHALLA; INSTEAD, THEY WENT TO RAN'S REALM OF THE DARK. SHE WAS, THEREFORE, ALSO CONSIDERED TO BE A GODDESS OF THE DEAD. IF THE DEAD HAD GOLD, THEY WERE TREATED WELL WITHIN HER DEEP SEA ABODE, AND THE MEAD WOULD FLOW FREELY.

HER OCEANS SURROUND THE CONTINENTS OF MIDGARD. AND, ALTHOUGH HER HALL IS LINED WITH GOLD, IT IS NOT ON THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF ASGARD, BUT HERE IN THE VAST OCEANS OF THE EARTH. RAN REPRESENTS WATER; AND, AS SUCH, SHE CONTROLS THE LIFE FORCE OF ALL THE CREATURES ON EARTH.

"VIKING TALES OF THE NORTH"

"GOLD, ON SWEETHEART RAMBLINGS,"POW'RFUL IS AND PLEASANT;"WHO GOES EMPTY-HANDED"DOWN TO SEA BLUE RAN,"COLD HER KISSES STRIKE,"AND FLEETING HER EMBRACE IS--"BUT WE OCEAN'S BRIDE BE"TROTH WITH PUREST GOLD."--R.B.ANDERSON-- "

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