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A new champ is up on the horizon, Ornn, the Mountainsmith. Despite we do have only a poem and an image about him, i think we could try to discover something about this new champion and eliminate a bit of the mystery which surround him at the moment. Even if i believe that only Heimdallr is the main model for Ornn, i’ve included all evidence that may have some connection with Ornn.
Ornn’s poem is called “The Path to Hearth-Home”; i’ve checked poem’s name in most of languages available (as translated in their respective Universe’s page); some of them translate the title as “Sweet home”, or something like it; other (the Hungarian one) talks about a god smith, others (the Italian one) talks about “Langhus“. About the god smith from the Hungarian version we gonna talk later; instead, about Langhus i’m gonna tell something right now; it could lead to “a village in the municipality of Ski in Akershus, Norway”, or to a longhouse which is “is a type of long, proportionately narrow, single-room building built by peoples in various parts of the world including Asia, Europe, and North America”. In you look at the Italian version of the title (below) “Langhus” seems to be used like a name of a city, rather that an house. It could mean both since in English (and other) version, the “Langhus” word is replaced with “sweet home”. It may lead, in any case, to Ornn’s home/city/familiar place. It could be also a refer to “mead hall”, “a large building with a single room”. The main difference between “mead hall” and “langhus” is that the first one was the residence of lords and even kings, the second one was a house for many families. I’m gonna left here a norway legend about the mead hall.
According to a legend recorded by Snorri Sturluson, in the Heimskringla, the late 9th century Värmlandish chieftain Áki invited both the Norwegian king Harald Fairhair and the Swedish king Eric Eymundsson, but had the Norwegian king stay in the newly constructed and sumptuous one, because he was the youngest one of the kings and the one who had the greatest prospects. The older Swedish king, on the other hand, had to stay in the old feasting hall. The Swedish king was so humiliated that he killed Áki.
But, where is Ornn’s home? We told that Langhus it’s also a name of a village in Norway; this is not the only place where Ornn may live. The poem (in any version) speaks of a mountain.
If we look at his name, Ornn, it is a clear reference to an horn (we do also have an horn as first symbol of Ornn, at the moment. Actually, there is a mountain there is called Horn, that belongs to an archipelago (Faroe Islands) between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic, about halfway between Norway and Iceland. We could also find a reference to a french word “orn”, which means “to adorn”; this could represent his ability to forge weapons/armors that are beatiful to see. Anyway, Langhus and the mount does not belong to same place. Maybe Langhus it’s a village that Ornn prefers/that honors Ornn and he lives in the mountain Horn.
Now let’s try to focus on the god smith from Hungarian version. As the poem itself says “Sparks leap and fly from the stars-fallen ore/ Forging his works, divine” Ornn has some kind of godlike feature. Since it seems to have some relation also with Norway, this may relate us to Wayland, the Smith (or Völundr) a legendary master blacksmith from Germanic mythology. But before i start
copy and paste talking about him, i’m gonna take a piece of the poem; not from the front page, but from one of the “hidden” pages, from English version.
Yep. As you can see there is the “three” word
clear reference to a triangle, so to Illuminati and to the fact that Jhin hates Ornn. In the Italian version (i haven’t check others yet) there are some lines in the hidden pages which talks about “three sisters” (you can check by your own if you speak a bit of Italian). Now, let’s return to Wayland; according to a myth about him, from the Völundarkviða:
The king of the Sami people had three sons: Völundr (Wayland) and his two brothers Egil and Slagfiðr. In one version of the myth, the three brothers lived with three Valkyries: Ölrún, Hervör alvitr and Hlaðguðr svanhvít. After nine years, the Valkyries left their lovers. Egil and Slagfiðr followed, never to return. In another version, Völundr married the swan maiden Hervör, and they had a son, Heime, but Hervör later left Völundr. In both versions, his love left him with a ring. In the former myth, he forged seven hundred duplicates of this ring.
Later, King Niðhad captured Völundr in his sleep in Nerike and ordered him hamstrung and imprisoned on the island of Sævarstöð. There Völundr was forced to forge items for the king. Völundr’s wife’s ring was given to the king’s daughter, Böðvildr. Niðhad wore Völundr’s sword.
In revenge, Völundr killed the king’s sons when they visited him in secret, and fashioned goblets from their skulls, jewels from their eyes, and a brooch from their teeth. He sent the goblets to the king, the jewels to the queen and the brooch to the king’s daughter. When Bodvild took her ring to Wayland for mending, he took the ring and raped her, fathering a son. He then escaped, using wings he made.
Actually i haven’t found any proof that Wayland lives in a mount or some connections between him and Langhus, so this may not be the correct smith to look at, but it’s the best i can offer. A interesting point (according to me) is that “orn” leads to “to adorn” (see above) and the myth talks about some goblets that Wayland creates from his victims. Another smith (not from Germanic Mythology) that lives in a kind of mount and it’s a god is Hephaestus, but it seems kinda difficult to find something about Ornn looking at him.
About this one, i’ve looked at Midgard, a term from Old Norse literature; Midgard it’s one of the nine worlds of North Mythology and it’s the only one that is visible to mankind because it’s our own world. Since Midgard is surrounded by a world of water, or ocean, that is impassable, and this ocean is inhabited by the great sea serpent Jörmungandr, who is so huge that he encircles the world entirely, grasping his own tail, the only way for move from Midgard to Asgard it’s by using a bridge, the Bifrǫst, a burning rainbow bridge. It was this bridge that leaded me to a Norway god that i think it’s actually the model for Ornn.
I’m talking about Heimdallr. Why do i think this is Ornn’s model?
Heimdallr is a god who possesses the resounding horn Gjallarhorn, owns the golden-maned horse Gulltoppr, has gold teeth, and is the son of Nine Mothers. Heimdallr is attested as possessing foreknowledge, keen eyesight and hearing, is described as “the whitest of the gods” and keeps watch for the onset of Ragnarök while drinking fine mead in his dwelling Himinbjörg, located where the burning rainbow bridge Bifröst meets heaven. Heimdallr is said to be the originator of social classes among humanity and once regained Freyja’s treasured possession Brísingamen while doing battle in the shape of a seal with Loki. Heimdallr and Loki are foretold to kill one another during the events of Ragnarök. Heimdallr is additionally referred to as Rig, Hallinskiði, Gullintanni, and Vindlér or Vindhlér
He has an horn, he is a god, and also he lives “where the burning rainbow bridge Bifröst meets heaven” (called Himinbjörg). His horn it’s extremely important because he will use it for warn the god of Ragnarök, a series of future events foretold to ultimately result in the death of a number of major gods, the occurrence of various natural disasters, and the subsequent submersion of the world in water. I definitly believe that he his the main model for Ornn. There is only a missing point in Heimdallr; he’s is not a smith.
And that’s it, this is everything i was able to found. Thanks for reading and let me know what do you think about. Have a nice day!