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Laerad – A famous tree in Valhalla on which the goat Heidrún and the Hart (deer) Eikthyrnir feeds.

Laevatein The magic-wand Laevatein was forged by Loki and is kept by Sinmara in a bowl made of tough iron that has nine locks. Laevatein means “Lie Stick” or “Wand of Destruction”. At Ragnarok Loki intends to use it to kill the cock Vithofnir to prevent it from crowing and warning of their approach into battle. To possess the shining feather found in front of Vithofnir’s gaze is the only bribe Sinmara would take to give up this weapon. Laevatein is also used as a kenning for “sword”.

Land of Morning-The light to the east of Jormungrund.

Landvaettir – ON: Guardian earth sprites. In this group can be classed all the beings who guard certain places, those who are bound to rocks, streams, or trees, and the lesser nature spirits in general. The landvaettir are visible to the sensitive and to those faring forth from their bodies. They also appear in dreams. They do not change shape, but an individual landvaettr may appear as almost anything.

Laufey [lowf-ee] – (“Wooded Isle”) Fire Giantess Laufey is Farbauti’s wife and mother of Loki, Byleist and Helblindi. Laufey gave birth to Loki after she had been struck by a bolt of fire from Farbauti. She is also called Nál.

Leod-runa – Old High German: song-rune.

Leikin – Also called Hela or Hel.

Leirbrimir – A Clay-Giant.

Lich, Lik – (OE: lic) the physical part of the soul-body (psycho-physical) complex. Also called lyke.

Lidskjalv – Odin’s high seat in Valhalla. from which he has a grand view of all the worlds. Freyr was sitting on the high seat when he discovered Gerd, with whom he fell in love.

Lif & Leifthrasir, Liv & Livtrase – Two human survivors of Ragnarok who will repopulate world. Mimir had already seen the future of Ragnarok, and read the signs, which proved that a terrible fate was in store for the world. He did not want the clan of Men descended from Askur and Embla to become irretrievably spoilt from distress and sin, so he sought out two children, pure and unspoiled, in order to preserve them. In Midgard he found Lif and Leifthrasir, and ordered his sons to build for them a magnificent palace in the land of morning-light to the east of Jormungrund, a palace called Breidablik surrounded by the greenest of woods. The palace was also built for Baldur, whose fate Mimir had also foreseen.

Lich, Lik, Lyke – The physical body. See also Hamr.

Líkn-stafir – ON: health staves (runes).

Limrúnar, Limrunes – Runes used for healing. To get the best results from Limrunes, they should be carved on the south-facing bark or leaves of the corresponding tree. The rune Ul is a Limrune of great power, invoking Waldh. See also Biargrunes.

Lina – Flax, fertility, the sacred plant of the goddess Frigg.

Lindorm – ON. Snake-like ribbon pattern containing runes.

Lit – Lit is a small Dwarf who was running around as Balder’s funeral boat was being pushed in the sea. Thor was in a bad mood so when Lit got in the way, Thor kicked the Dwarf into the fire.

Ljothatal – The list of charms in the Havamal.

Ljøsalfar – The Light Elves are wights of light, air and thought who dwell in the upper reaches of Midgardhr’s atmosphere, which is ruled by Freyr. They are often, though not always, personified as feminine, in contrast to the Svartalfar, who are almost always masculine. The Ljøsalfar are the keepers and teachers of wisdom and they are the source of earthly inspiration.

Ljóssalfheimr – .Home of the Light Elves.

Loading – The part of a ritual in which the sacred power that has been called upon is channeled into the holy drink or object (such as a runestave or bindrune).

Loading formáli – As a final way of setting the purpose of each lot, to speak its ørlög, a poetic formáli should be spoken over it. This could be one of the old traditional verses from one of the rune poems, or a special verse of your own making. This or some other similar formula, can also act as a mnemonic in actual rune readings.

Loddfafnir – The wandering skald who recites the Runatál, the verses which he claims to have received from Odin.

Loeding, LeydingLoding is the second strong chain the Gods used to tie up the Fenrir wolf. The first chain was Dromi, and the third, that worked, was Gleipnir. All three chains were forged by the Dwarves.

Lodur – Lodur gave appearance and speech to the first humans. He is identified with Vé by some and Loki by others.

Loegr – ON: invasive sorcery commanding spirits, operative magic.

Lofar – the descendants of which were: Draupnir and Dólgthrasir, Hár, Haugspori, Hlévangur, Glói, Dori, Ori, Dufur, Andvari, Skirfir, Virfir, Skáfidur, Ái, Álf and Yngvi, Eikinskjaldi, Fjalar and Frosti, Finn and Ginnar:

Lofn – Goddess of forbidden love and of passionate love affairs, an attendant to Frigga. Her duty was to remove all obstacles from the path of lovers. Her name means “Praise” or “Love”.

Logi, Loge [lo-ghee] – (“Flame”) A Fire-Giant who served Utgardh-Loki. He competed and won against Loki in eating the most meat. It was a trick. Logi is actually “flame”, which burns more quickly than one can eat. Logi’s father is Mistblindi and Aegir is his brother.

Loki, Loki Laufeyiarson – A Giant who become the blood-brother of Odin. Son of the Giant Farbauti (Cruel Smiter) and Giantess Laufrey. Pleasing and handsome, evil in character, capricious in behavior, cunning, he is known as the Trickster God, called “Father of Lies”, Shape-changer, Sky-Traveler. Originally, he was the God of Fire. He has fiery red hair and is extremely funny and witty. He would do anything to make people laugh. Eventually, his pranks devolved into practical jokes with a streak of viciousness. Loki (“Fire”) first married Glut (“Glow”), who bore him two daughters, Eisa (“Embers”) and Einmyria (“Ashes”). Besides this wife, Loki is also said to have wedded the Giantess Angr-boda (“Anguish-Boding”) [possibly Gullveig] , who dwelt in Jötunheim, and who bore him the three monsters Hel, Goddess of death, the Midgard snake Iörmungandr, and the wolf Fenris. Loki also bore (as a female) Sleipnir, the eight legged horse, after a mating with a Giant stallion called Svadilfari. His last wife was Sigyn, with whom he had sons Vali and Narfi. Loki admitted to Frigg that it was his fault Balder was killed and could not return from Hel . The Æsir pursued him, so he ran away and hid in a mountain cabin with four doors so that he could see out of it in all directions. Often during the day, he changed himself into a salmon to hide in the waterfall of Fránang. While sitting indoors over a fire one day, Loki took linen twine and invented the fishing net. Odin saw him from Hlidskjálf. Throwing the net on to the fire, Loki jumped up and out into the river. When the Æsir arrived, Kvasir saw the ashes and understood it was made for catching fish. The Aesir made a net and tried to catch him with it. Loki leaped away but was caught by the tail by Thor. Loki was captured and put into a cave. Taking three flat stones, the gods set them up on end and bored a hole through each. Then Loki’s sons, Vali and Narfi, were captured. The Æsir changed Vali into a wolf and he tore apart his brother Narfi. The Æsir took Narfi’s entrails and with them bound Loki over the edges of the three stones – one under his shoulder, the second under his loins, the third under his knee-joints – and these bonds became iron. Then Skadi took a poisonous snake and fastened it up over him so that the venom from it should drop on to his face. His wife Sigyn, however, sits by him holding a basin under the poison drops. When the basin becomes full she goes away to empty it, but in the meantime the venom drips on to his face and then he shudders so violently that the whole earth shakes causing earthquakes. There he will lie in bonds until Ragnarök. All his fetters will break at Ragnarok. Then Loki and all the Frost Giants and the whole family of Hel will board the boat Nagifar and join the Sons of Muspell to battle the Æsir.

Long-Beard – By-name of Odin.

Lopt – Another name for Loki.

Lot – A runic talisman (rune-tine) used for divinatory purposes.

Lovar – Race of Dwarves from Svarin’s grave-mound to Aurvangar in Jöruvellir.

Lyfja – The mountain on which Mengloth’s hall, Lyr, is found, called the “Mountain of Healing”.

Lyke, Lich, Lik – The physical body. See also Hamr.

Lyngvi Island – Fenrir is bound on this island on Armsvartnir Lake.

Lyr – Mengloth’s hall, built on Lyfja, the “Mountain of Healing”.It is protected by a moat of “flickering flame”. It has a golden floor built by the Dwarves.

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