Viking Saga: The strangest person in Kattegat!

Ok, I just need to share this before going on to the future updates… I have not been here very long but I have to say that this person is by far the strangest and scariest person that I have encountered so far! I have had the opportunity, need or reason to meet with him personally…I think it’s a him? And, I think I would like to keep it that way? I understand that he is a highly revered and honored member of the community, but I just can not get over the fact that he kind of makes my skin crawl when ever he is around. I have been advised by other travelers to keep my distance from him as he seems to sense something different about us. Something different about us? I would say if there is something not right or different about anyone here, it would most certainly be him and not us!

And for your information, no it is not Floki… he is rather an odd one, or so I’ve heard- I have not had the chance yet to meet him! No, this person that I’ve seen occasionally wandering through the village is the one they call the Seer?

The Seer

The Seer

The Seer: John Kavanagh as The Seer, the seiðr of Kattegat.

Seiðr:

Seiðr (sometimes anglicized as seidhr, seidh,  seidr, seithr or seith)  is an Old Norse term  for  a type of sorcery which was practiced in Norse society during the Late Scandinavian Iron  Age. Connected with Norse religion, its origins are largely unknown, although it gradually eroded following the Christianization of Scandinavia. Accounts of seiðr  later made it into sagas and other literary sources, while further evidence has been unearthed by archaeologists. Various scholars have debated the nature of seiðr, some  arguing that it was shamanic in context, involving visionary  journeys by its practitioners.

Seiðr  practitioners were of both genders, although females are more widely attested, with such sorceresses being variously known as vǫlur, seiðkonur  and vísendakona. There were also accounts  of male practitioners, known as seiðmenn, but in  practicing magic they brought a social taboo, known as ergi, on to themselves, and were sometimes persecuted as a result.  In many cases these magical  practitioners would have had assistants to aid them in their rituals.

Within pre-Christian Norse mythology, seiðr was associated with both the god Oðinn, a deity who was simultaneously responsible for war, poetry and sorcery, as well as the goddess Freyja, a member of the Vanir who was believed to have taught the practice to the Æsir.

In the 20th century, adherents of various modern pagan new religious movements adopted forms of magico-religious practice that include seiðr. The practices of these contemporary seiðr-workers have since been investigated by various academic researchers operating in the field of pagan studies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sei%C3%B0r

The Seer played by John Kavanagh2

The Seer played by John Kavanagh2

The Seer with Athelstan

The Seer with Athelstan

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The Seer3

The Seer3

 

The Seer played by John Kavanagh

The Seer played by John Kavanagh

John Kavenagh: John Kavanagh is one of Ireland’s underrated character actors. Little detail is given on him, yet he has appeared in many well-known films and television series alongside a variety of actors.

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john kavenagh

john kavenagh

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John-Kavanagh

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0442559/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

All  I can say is, What an astounding and amazing transformation and much praise to John Kavenagh on his performances as the Seer! I am sharing this bit of Casting here only because I am so in awe of  the creation of this character! I also hope that in seeing the real person behind the character, it takes away some of the skin crawling for you, as it has done for me? Though, when I think about it, I probably should have left it alone as he is meant to make your skin crawl at least a little!

For additional Cast and Character information, see this page:

https://timeslipsblog.wordpress.com/vikings-saga-cast-characters-and-reference-information/

 

 

 

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