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15.09.2019

Burr

In Norse mythology, Borr or Burr (Old Norse: 'son', born;sometimes anglicized Bor, Bör or Bur) was the son of Búri.

Bor is the chieftain of an ancient race of beings known as the Aesir who were worshipped as gods by the ancient Viking and Scandinavian tribes of Western Europe. The Aesir were constantly at war with the Vanir, the gods of Germany ruled by Njord, who may have been the brother of Bor, but this is unconfirmed. The Aesir and Vanir fought bitterly for several years over Earth without a decisive victory and after several years, they eventually came to a truce.

When his father Buri abdicated the throne, it left Bor as the ruler of Asgard. A born warrior, he led his people in a time of power and prosperity and won their loyalty both through his leadership and also through his triumphs on the field. He was one of the early Gods who helped created the Universe, and along with his other accomplishments was an unquestioned and powerful ruler.

When the enemies of Asgard, once more threatened them, Bor led his forces against them with his son Odin at his side. Together with his son, they proved to much for the Frost Giants to handle and routed them easily. When one attempted to escape Bor, true to form, pursued his foe and fell headlong into their trap. A powerful sorcerer was waiting for him (who was actually the present day incarnation of Loki in disguise), and knowing he could not match him power for power, caught him unawares turning him into snow. His son came around just in time to watch the last of him blown away, and he begged him to find a magician to free him.

Years passed, and Odin did not attempt to save his father, instead leading Asgard on his own and following his own dreams. At first Bor attempted to convince his son to free him, yet as the years passed and a son was born to Odin, Bor realized that his son would never free him. Seeking revenge, Bor promised Odin that he would bother him no more if he took in the son a fallen king and raised it as his own. Not a week later, Odin killed the father of Loki who was a king. Odin took Loki into his house to appease his father, and set the events of his own doom into motion. What Odin never realized was that the Bor who had been torturing him from beyond the grave was actually just an illusion created by the present-day Loki.

He took the Gaint-Goddess Bestia as his wife, and wed her. They had 4 sons, Vili, Ve and Odin who would be Bor's heirs. When Odin was born, Bor paid him special attention, grooming him to one day take his place as King, much as Odin would one day groom Thor. He taught Odin how to fight, how to rule, how to serve, and also how to defend his dreams. Yet he didn't encourage his son to dream on his own, and when Odin went against him he was driven to rage. When Odin created man, not being able to undo his son's actions, in his anger Bor visited every possible horror imaginable upon them.

Bor was the son of Buri, the ancient ancestor of the Asgardian gods, who after several years of rule decided to retire from godhood and relinquished the throne to Bor, preferring to live in retirement in the frozen out-skirts of Asgard, the home of the Aesir. In his absence, Bor ruled as a kind and just ruler, winning over the loyalty of the Asgardians. In some legends passed into myth, Bor was responsible for the creation of the universe. He took Bestla, the daughter of Bolthorn, ruler of the Rime Giants, as his wife, and she bore him three sons named Odin, Ve and Vili. As part of the truce between the Aesir and the Vanir, Bor's sons, Vili and Ve, were accepted among the Vanir, and Njord's son and daughter Frey and Freya were accepted as gods among the Aesir. Over time, the two tribes merged to become Asgardians. Although the the Asgardians had peaceful relations with the Rime Giants, they were often at war with the Frost Giants of Jotunheim under the rule of Utgard-Loki.

Despite his reputation among the Asgardians, Bor had little patience for mortals and had very few worshippers, remaining a cold and distant deity. He held his eldest son, Odin, in high regard, and groomed him from childhood to be his successor to the throne. He taught Odin how to be a great warrior and worthy successor, but according to some accounts, he had little patience for Odin's compassion for mortal man.

During a war with the Frost Giants, Bor led his forces against them Odin at his side. Together, they proved too much for the Frost Giants to handle and routed them easily, but when one of them tried to escape to rally more giants to their cause, Bor left Odin behind and pursued him into a trap against a foreign sorcerer from another time. This sorcerer was Loki, the god of evil, who had traveled back in time to before his birth as part of an elaborate plan to humiliate Odin's future son, Thor, the god of thunder. Managing to surprise Bor, Loki transformed Bor into ice and snow that was scattered by the winds. Odin rushed to his father's rescue just in time to see him blown away, but he missed his confrontation with Loki who disappeared.

 

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