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Gefion of Lethra

Also Known As: "Gefjun", "Gefion", "Gevjon", "Gflon"
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Birthplace: Hleithra, Jutland, Denmark
Death: Died in Lejre, Region Zealand, Denmark
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Daughter of Gylfe King of Sweden
Wife of Skjold Odinsson,King of Denmark
Mother of Fridleif Skjoldsson,King of Denmark

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About Gefion, Queen of Skjælland

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gefjun

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gefion_fountain

http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/gefion.html

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In Norse mythology, Gefjon or Gefjun (with the alternate modern spelling Gefion) is a goddess associated with ploughing, the Danish island of Zealand, the legendary early Swedish king Gylfi, the king Skjöldr, and virginity. Gefjon is attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources; the Prose Edda and Heimskringla, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson; in the works of skalds; and appears as a gloss for various Greco-Roman goddesses in some Old Norse translations of Latin works.

The Prose Edda and Heimskringla both report that Gefjon plowed away what is now lake Mälaren, Sweden, and with this land formed the island of Zealand, Denmark. In addition, the Prose Edda describes that not only is Gefjon a virgin herself, but that all who die a virgin become her attendants. Heimskringla notes that Gefjon married king Skjöldr. Scholars have proposed theories about the etymology the name of the goddess, connections to fertility and ploughing practices, the implications of the references made to her as a virgin, five potential mentions of the goddess in the Old English epic poem Beowulf, and potential connections between Gefjon and Grendel's Mother and/or the goddesses Freyja and Frigg.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gefjon

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Gefion


Gefion med okserne og plovenGefion er i nordisk mytologi terne for Frigg og en Asynje. Hun udpløjede ifølge myten Sjælland.

Historien har følgende to udgaver :

Gefion havde et forhold til Svearkongen Gylfe og fik som morgengave af ham lov til at få al den jord hun kunne nå at udpløje fra hans land i løbet af 24 timer. Til at hjælpe hende "avlede" hun fire sønner med en jætte, som hun forvandlede til okser. Det siges at med sønnerne som trækdyr lykkedes det hende at pløje landet (Sjælland) ud i havet mellem Fyn og Skåne. Al jorden efterlod et hul i Sverige, som hurtigt fyldtes med vand - søen kaldes i dag "Mälaren".

Gefions sønner gjorde oprør imod Svitjod og løsrev Danmark, det senere Västmanland, ved Mälaren. De skrev et kvad om det, et kvad som blev husket i århundreder, længe efter at Vestmannerland og Svitjod var forenet under samme konge. I middelalderen blev Svitjod lagt sammen med Västmanland igen.

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Lejre, Lejre, Region Zealand, Denmark
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