I am apart of the Norsetok community on TikTok so I often get reminded of conversational Tidbits I remember from being in the faith a while. Today I want to talk about Surtr’s Sword. Below is a video I made a while back on TikTok.
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Surtr’s Sword & It’s Hiostory
Effectively there is a belief that Surtr’s Sword and Freyr’s Sword are one and the same, however, there is not a lot of historical evidence to back this up but it makes a certain amount of sense.
Neither Sword, to my knowledge, is given a name and is simply identified by attributes and its owner.
Freyr’s Sword is one of the most powerful weapons in Norse Myth, and possibly Myth, in general, implied to be somewhat sentient and known to be capable of fighting on its own. Frey gifts the sword to Skirnir to get his support in making a marriage between Frey and the Giantess Gerd/Gerth happen. The sword specifically in the Sagas and stories is not mentioned again, and it is unknown what happened after these events. Thought it could be surmised that the sword was given to Gerd’s father as a form of Dowry giving it a logical domino effect to how Surtr could have obtained it, but this is NEVER stated and should not be taken as fact.
Surtr’s Sword as described within the Poetic Edda; “shines from his sword the sun of Gods of the Slain.”
Freyr is heavily associated with the Sun and Surtr as a Muspell-Jotunn, much less a Chief of them, is heavily associated with fire, not totally unconventional to think they would be capable of holding the same very powerful weapon.
It also makes a little literary sense, adding tragedy to Freyr being killed in Ragnorak by the same Sword he could have used to slain Surtr by Surtr. The whole situation coming full circle.
I just figured it was an interesting Theory, I am not saying I personally believe it or am telling anyone else to believe it, just something to think about.