258, 259 & 260 — Skogula, Zernebock & Mista
Not a theme week or anything, just one final Ivanhoe post.
In the book, one character (who is supposed to be old-fashioned even in medieval times) curses to the old Saxon gods Zernebock, Mista and Skogula. The Artist just thought those were cool names, so he looked them up online. Astoundingly, Google has almost nothing to say about any of them. The internet is usually the place where mythology nerds catalogue every last critter, no matter how obscure.
Of the approximately ten results, seven were just the quotes from Ivanhoe, one was a myspace page, one said Zernebock was a god of night and that “bock” comes from “bog” which means god in ancient Celt, and the last theorized that Skogula and Mista were Valkyries.
So this means The Artist has total license to make up whatever he wants!
On the left is Skogula. An animal spirit who flies around making mischief. He can turn invisible and likes to knock over people’s water glasses. If you leave a chocolate-covered frog on your windowsill, he will always stop to eat it. You can catch him and he will grant you wishes. But make sure to specify that you don’t want angry bears included in your wish (a pile of gold with bears in it, the ability to fly while being chased by angry flying bears, etc) because otherwise, mischievous Skogula will always include them “pro bono.”
In the center is Zernebock. He is the god of night time, and pickled herring. It used to be just night, but he loved herring so much that he found the god of herring and murdered him so that he could become the new god of herring. You do not want to run into this dude. If you do, hopefully you can throw some herring at him to distract him and run away.
Finally, on the right, is Mista. She is the goddess of thirst-quenching beverages. From a hearty ale to a diet Sprite, she is the spirit that imbues liquids with that amazing feeling of “aaaahhh.” Very good to have around after something salty, like picked herring.
There, The Artist has just redefined an ancient pantheon for you. If anyone asks about these three (you know, the way they come up in everyday conversation), just point them towards this page, as the new authority on Skogula, Zernebock and Mista.
[Thanks to The Artist’s sister N for a bit of help, there.]