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Blockula (Blåkulla in modern Swedish) was a legendary meadow where the Devil held his Earthly court during a witches’ Sabbat. This meadow could only be reached by a magical flight. It was described as “a delicate large Meadow, whereof you can see no end”.
There was said to be a large gate located in the meadow that led to a smaller meadow. In the smaller meadow there stood a house. In an enormous room in this house: “[…] there stood a very long Table, at which the Witches did sit down: And […] hard by this Room was another Chamber, where there were very lovely and delicate Beds.” The Devil was dressed “in a gray Coat, and red and blue Stockings: He had a red Beard, a high-crown’d Hat, with Linnen of divers Colours, wrapt about it, and long Garters upon his Stockings”. The Devil then “would go with them that he liked best, into a Chamber, where he committed venerous Acts with them: and this indeed all confessed, That he had carnal knowledge of them, and that the Devil had Sons and Daughters by them, which he did Marry together, and they did couple, and brought forth Toads and Serpents.”
Blockula plays a major part in the witch-hunts described in Joseph Glanvill’s 1682 work, Sadducismus Triumphatus. This book detailed Blockula in an Appendix entitled: “True Account of What Happen’d in the Kingdom of Sweden In the Years 1669, 1670, and upwards: In Relation to some Persons that were accused for Witches; and Tryed and Executed By the King’s Command”.
Blockula is originally the same place as the island Blå Jungfrun, which was in old days called Blåkulla, and since medieval days rumored to be a place were the witches gathered. The perhaps first time Blockula was mentioned in a witch trial by an alleged witch was in 1597, but in reality, it was not until the witch mania of 1668-1676 that the place had any real importance in the persecution of witches.
“Awake Groa Awake Mother” Illustration by John Bauer
Skaldskaparmál: The Thor / Hrugnir Fight
Gróa appears in the Prose Edda book Skáldskaparmál, in the context of Thor’s battle with the jötunnHrungnir. After Thor has dispatched Hrungnir with the hammer Mjollnir, Gróa is asked to help magically remove shards of Hrungnir’s whetstone which became embedded in Thor’s head. Unfortunately while Gróa was about her work, Thor distracted her by giving her news of her husband’s whereabouts (he had earlier helped Aurvandil cross the river Élivágar), telling her that her husband was now at home. Gróa’s spell miscarried and the pieces of whetstone remained permanently embedded in Thor’s head.
Svipdagsmál: To The Help Of Her Son Svipdagr
Gróa is also a völva, summoned from beyond the grave, in the Old Norse poem Grógaldr, (a section of Svipdagsmál), by her sonSvipdagr. In death she has lost none of her prophetic powers, and is able to assist him in a successful conclusion of the task which he has been set by his cruel stepmother. It is possible that this second Gróa is the same as the first one.
“Groa’s Incantation” (1908) by W. G. Collingwood.
Gesta Danorum: Saved From Garm
In Gesta Danorum, Gro is a woman saved from marrying a giant by King Gram. In Viktor Rydberg’s elaborate theories on Norse mythology this Gro, too, is the same.