I truly believe that the völva is still present in Norway. Some of them have fled and are hiding, but some have taken refuge as spirits in the bodies of maidens, waiting to be freed. These spirits are a treasure of knowledge and our pursuit of them must be taken seriously. I am now convinced that those spirits were able to use certain families with magical bloodlines as their host. It also seems that only pure unmarried maidens are fit for this task and that once a girl marries, she will be unfit for hosting.
My knowledge of Norwegian Mythology led me to the belief that two major rituals are needed for contacting the völva- The Blót (sacrifice) and the Drama (the reenacting of stories).
During the Blót and the Yule it is a custom to sacrifice harvests, animals and even people to the gods. The sacrifice is not always a way to ask favors, but also a symbol of faith. It is for that reason that a loyal wife might join her husband in his final funeral pyre.
The Drama is a very important way of the norwegian people to pass stories. Unable to read and write, as most people, the vikings passed on the stories told by the völva using Drama. It is through Drama that we intend to catch the attention of the spirit.
We have followed an ancient poem by an unknown author. This poem was told in pubs and ships of viking descendants. Its verse was translated by me as follows:
“I once had a girl; Or should I say she once had me |
She showed me her room; Is not it good Norwegian wood?”
For a long time we tried to unleash the power of the forests in the habitable areas of Norway. At some point I considered that our quest might be handled in the wrong way. Perhaps we should venture into the inner forest of Norway (a sacrifice indeed) or perhaps our Drama needed a bigger sacrifice reenacted in it. I even concidered gouging one of my own eyes when Tabitha mentioned that perhaps our translation is wrong. Skogen is woods or forest in Norwegian, however, as it was never written down, the poem we kept hearing might actually be Skogn, the name of a small village near Trondheim.
I strongly believe that we should now set our path to Skogn.
The völva is here, in Skogn. She is a young maiden called Dotta, about 13 years old. Beautiful golden hair, fair skin, blue eyes as clear as the sky. I was able to transform myself into a fly and check her skin. She has the mark of the völva- a tattoo of the Perthro rune.
We will try our Drama here.