Gefion a Goddess in Norse Mythology 2017-02-02T15:14:19+00:00

Gefion in norse mythology

Gefion (can also be spelled Gefjun) is a Goddess of fertility, agriculture, and associated with the plow in Norse mythology. Once Gefion had disguised herself as a beggar woman, she had then asked Gylfi, the king of Sweden, to give her some land. The king told her that she could have as much land as she could plow in one day and one night. Gefion then bound her four sons, who are as huge oxes, to a plow and started to cut deeply into the land of Sweden. Because her sons was so big and strong they cut out a huge part of Sweden, and created a new island for Denmark called Zealand “Sjælland”

Gefion-Fountain-copenhagen-denmark-1908-by-Anders-Bundgaard

“Odin the Allfather” by Carl Emil Doepler (1905)