Elleadagr

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Elleadagr
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Religious Ceremony
Religion Old Gods
Ceremony Wedding
Origin Early Elven Empire

The Elleadagr festival is the name accredited to the wedding of two individuals among the followers of the Old Gods faith. The ceremony is unique among weddings, as, much like the followers of the faith, it is incredibly diverse; only a few crucial traditions that are shared across cultural region. A majority of cultures that practice the Old Gods faith associate the festival with the goddess Ellea, who is the goddess of young lovers. It is also one of the few wedding ceremonies that is traditionally not until death, with various cultures citing various Gods as evidence that nothing in this world is permanent. Despite this, Elleadagr festivals are as much a time of celebration as they are of intense love and passion for another, and many outsiders who are lucky enough to be invited to a ceremony say that they have never seen anything like it before.

Origin

Sadly, there is no record of the first Elleadagr festival occuring, only that they started to occur sometime after the Cataclysm among various groups in Ellador. This is due to the unorganized nature of the religion, which does not provide well for important religious events to be recorded. Despite this, the tradition was adopted by various clusters of Old Gods followers, and soon spread across the landscape by word of mouth. Old Gods worshippers across Ellador, Jorrhildr, and the North Skags now practice the ceremony, but each group adds its own twist; with neighboring tribes potentially having drastically different ceremonies. Not every group chooses to undertake Elleadagr, but it is one of the central means of worship for Ellea. This is believed to be why the festival remains to this day, as fear of repercussion from disrespecting one of the Gods is a strong tenant among the followers of the faith. Lovers take especial care to please Ellea, as she rewards those who give proper offerings to her with a peaceful marriage, and displeasing her will cause the marriage to be troublesome and bitter.

Ceremony

While Elleadagr festivals are often changed to match the culture that is celebrating, there are a few traditions that remain consistent. The central tradition that has been included in some form by Old Gods followers across the world is simply referred to as Vidtide. The act of Vidtide has a central role in the ceremony, with various other songs, dances, or vows preceding it. Vidtide consists of the Bride singing an ancient song that pays reverence to the All-Being who split into eight at the start of the human age. The song is sung in the native Northerne tongue, and has no name, but is commonly referred to as Vidtiding and goes as follows:

Come to me
You can hear my soul call
standing in the shadows and waiting for you
Come you, take me with you
My realm awaits
I desire your body
Your eyes are smiling
Your hands are shaking–come you!
Come you man, come you to me
All my properties will be yours
Come you man, come you to me
I am everything you will ever want
Throw away your life
Your pain and weaknesses
Let me show you what happiness is
Over the Frozen River we will walk
Do not fight against me
I know you want me
It is obvious, I am you fate
Come, come you with me to a world of joy
Come you man, come you to me
All my properties will be yours
Come you man, come you to me
I am everything you will ever want

The song is repeated five times, and generally lasts anywhere from three minutes to ten minutes, depending on the singer (and her attraction to the groom). As the bride sings, the groom must chop through logs; or in some colder climates, blocks of ice. His goal is to get through as many as he can before the bride finishes the song the fifth time. For each log (or block of ice) the groom manages to get through, it is believed that the pair shall be married one year. This is due to the shared belief among Old Gods followers that nothing lasts forever, thus marriages only last for as many years as the male is capable of upholding. Around the Vidtide, ceremonies can include a number of other festivities. Most involve some sort of feast where guests give toasts and speeches to the happy couple. Some involve hunting, some involve dancing, and some others include all of the above and last for days on end. The traditions relate more to the culture that is celebrating and the resources on hand to throw a party; yet the central doctrine has, and will most likely always be, the Vidtide.

Traditional Attire

Grooms

Males have virtually no consistent attire across the various cultures that practice the Old Gods faith. There are vast differences that exist between the civilized, coastal cultures and the barbaric, inland cultures, but these are more coincidences than traditions. The trends among the civilized Old Gods followers often involve the male dressing in furs and leathers, and donning a crown made of antlers, iron, or pine boughs. This is occasionally accompanied by a family hunting cape that bears the symbol of the family, but this is common only among the better off citizens. Trends among more tribal Old Gods followers are harder to pin down. The most common feature that seems to be consistent across the different groups is that the groom wears a special iron helmet that has the antlers of a Northern Moose attached to it. Otherwise trends divert incredibly by location, with some groups donning bear pelts over their heads and others marrying in their raiding armor.

Brides

The Bride’s attire is one of the few traditions that remain largely unchanged across cultures. Due to the day being associated with Ellea, the bride is dressed in a similar fashion to how Ellea is portrayed. The bride wears a white dress, the design of which changes between cultures, and wears a crown of flowers in her hair. These flowers are often local flowers that are picked the morning of the ceremony. Other than that, the outfit may vary by class, culture, or even environment. Civilized followers of the religion tend to stick with stylized dresses with details of color to match the flowers, meanwhile, more barbaric followers will stick with white furs and pelts, and make special jewelry using the bones of their prey.

Marriage Laws

Due to the unorganized nature of the religion, there are very few holy laws about marriage in the Old Gods faith. One that is commonly practiced among a large majority of followers is that the marriage is not until death. Instead, the marriage is served dutifully one year for each log the groom is able to chop through while the bride sings the ancient hymn. After the defined years have passed, the pair may choose to marry again, or go their separate ways. The only other law that seems to be kept among the different followers is that a groom who walks out on his bride brings great dishonor upon himself and his house. This is attributed to the story of Alu, who was left by her lover and threw herself off a cliff in grief. Otherwise, the Old Gods faith collectively have few laws about marriage, and instead tend to rely on civil laws instead.

Trivia

  • Elleadagr actually comes from an old Torse phrase that means Ellea’s Day.
  • The (supposed) longest marriage that resulted from an Elleadagr festival was thirty years. The bride took her time and held every word of the song while her childhood sweetheart chopped through thirty logs to ensure they could be together.
  • With some far Northerne cultures, an Elleadagr festival can go on for an entire week, with constant partying and social hunting filling the time.
  • It was not made known to outsiders that the Elleadagr festival was a marriage celebration until nearly two centuries after its creation. Most had just assumed the Old Gods followers had been incredibly excited to chop wood.



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Writers Doc_Cantankerous
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Processors TyrolleanEagle, Eccetra, Ryciera
Last Editor HydraLana on 02/6/2018.

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