2 thoughts on “We Don’t Want to Be Free?

  1. Curious as to the etymology of the word “free” I did a little digging. Seems to be related to Freya- the goddess of love, sexuality, beauty (Venus/Aphrodite). Thank God it’s Friday! also related to the word friend.

  2. You are quite correct Sweatyk and the etymology goes even a bit deeper. A minor hobby of mine is studying Old Norse because I would like to read the Sagas in the original one day. And contemporary English “free” is derived from Old English “freogan” to free, to liberate http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=free&searchmode=none

    Also deriving from Old Norse “frjá” also to free, to liberate (as in free a thrall from bondage) as well as the verb for to love, to woo, to win one’s favor. “Frjádagr” was the Old Norse word for Friday.

    On the other hand, “Freyja”, the Goddess, simply means “The Lady” and her brother “Freyj” means “The Lord”. All of these translations from “A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic” by Geir T. Zoega.

    But the curious thing that relates to Jasun’s latest post…if we do no want to be “free” perhaps it is because we also do not/cannot love as well? or…cannot liberate ourselves from bondage?

    Thank you so much for mentioning the word origins, Sweatyk! BTW the Old Norse word “rúnar” (runes) means secrets, mysteries, hidden lore, wisdom, wisdom of the gods and also that which is carved into wood, or letters. Words…and in words lie great mysteries…

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