Forseti: Norse god of justice
Forseti is the son of Balder and Nanna and following his fathers death, it was his presence among the Aesir in Asgard that some solace was found because it is said he is a reflection of his fathers shining light and goodness.
He represents justice where it applies to the law and is often hailed by those in professions of law-keeping and governance and is known for fairly settling disputes among the gods when they arise. His hall Glitner is described as beautifully adorned, decorated in plated silver throughout the entire hall and standing on pillars, or columns, or pure gold.
Forseti is also said to bring justice to the wrongly accused and hears the call of those that are defending themselves legally against crimes they did not commit. His rulings are fair and his positions neutral, making him a peacekeeper.
H.A. Guerber writes:
“Here, upon an exalted throne, Forseti, the lawgiver, sat day after day, settling the differences of gods and men, patiently listening to both sides of every question, and finally pronouncing a sentence which was so very equitable that none ever found fault with his decrees.
Such were this god’s eloquence and his power of persuasion that he always succeeded in touching his hearers’ hearts, and never failed to reconcile even the most bitter foes. All who left his presence were thereafter sure to live in peace, for none dared break a vow once made to him, lest they should incur his just anger and immediately fall down dead.”
Artist: Igor Ozhiganova
Source: Women of Asatru
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