Vörðr, the Norse Warden Spirit

The Old Norse believed that the Vörðr was a warden spirit that followed them everywhere from their birth to their death. Vörðr, or in Old Norse vǫrðr (pl. varðir or verðir), means: “warden,” “watcher,” or “caretaker.” In Old Swedish, the word is varþer and in modern Swedish it is vård. The English word ‘”wraith” derived from the Norse word vǫrðr, while “ward” and “warden” are cognates. The belief in them remained strong in Scandinavian folklore up until the last centuries. The vörðr is also believed to be the soul (hugr) of every person. <read: Hugr – The Nordic Concept of the…

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Hugr – The Nordic Concept of the Spirit or Soul

The Hugr is part of the Norse concept of the self. Most people, regardless of their religious beliefs, have a concept of the self in terms of it having three components: The Body, The Mind, and The Soul or Spirit.   The Nordic and Germanic folk have concept of the self that has a differentiation from the Body or the Líkami, the Mind or Will  or the Munr and what can be best described as their very being, much like a Soul or Spirit, the Hugr. (often called memory)   Hugr is an Old Norse word.  In…

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