‘Friday’ – Derived From The Name Of A Norse Goddess (or Goddesses)
In honor of the ‘gateway to the weekend’, we have dug up Friday’s mythic origin – Frigg. Primarily known as the spouse of the great Odin (who was the chief among Aesir Norse gods) and the Queen of Asgard, the goddess Frigg was also known as Frigga and Frija in Germanic paganism.
Epitomizing the noble aspects of a devoted wife and motherhood, Frigg additionally possessed the power of prophecy. Yet more renowned is her courageous state of mind, as she decided not to reveal the fates and fortunes from her intrinsic pool of prophetical knowledge.
Interestingly enough, many Icelandic authors mention Friday as Freyjudagr, which relates to the goddess Freya – who shares a complex connection with Frigg. And, since we are ‘harping’ (later on that) about Norse mythology and weekdays, Tuesday comes from Tiw (the Old English variant of Tyr, the Norse god of war), Wednesday comes from wodnesdæg (meaning “Woden’s Day”, with Woden referring to Odin), and Thursday comes from Old English þurresdæg (meaning Thor’s day).