Skadi: Destruction

In Gods and Creatures by Skjalden

Skadi (Or Skaði) is married to Njord, the Vanir God of wind, seafarers, coasts, and inland waters. She is the daughter of the frost giant Thiazzi. Skadi is the Goddess of winter, skiers, and hunters. Skadi picked Njord as her husband because of his beautiful feet. But they could not agree where to live, Njord thought that the home of Skadi in the land of the jotuns was too cold and deserted.

While Skadi didn’t like the noise and fuss of the shipbuilding around Njords home, Noatun in Asgard. After nine nights at each place, they decided to live by them self. Skadi went back to her favorite interest to hunt on skis, and the weather bitten Njord, returned to the sea. The apparently unbridgeable disconnection between them likely reflects more their personal tastes. Njord was for certain seen as a fertility God, assuring safe journey to the sea, for those who worship him.

But also for wealth and good fortune, in the form of land and sons. Skadi’s context was quite another, she came from a mountain with snow on the top. Where heavy clouds hid the sun and the hard rock made the ground feel dead cold. In her wild and inhospitable land where nothing would thrive or grow, here was there hardly anything for people to do.

“Skadi Hunting in the Mountains” by H.L.M (1901)