Ullr: God of Snow Legend of the Winter King

Northern European god Ullr• Throngs burn boards for him. Ski freaks exalt him. Resorts name hotels after him. He is Ullr, and for many skiers he is the god of all things deep and white. But few know the history of this snowbound deity. A figure who first appears in early Norwegian folklore, his place as the Great Spirit of All Ski Bums is nothing short of intriguing. To help further your following or explain why some chant his elk-call name at the top of their local stash, here is a quick fact list on the almighty Ullr (pronounced Ooo-llarrr):

• The Northern European god Ullr (aka Wuldor, Wulthur, Uller, Ullin, Holler, Vulder and Ull) is a god of the pantheon of the Aesir and Vanir, a pre-Viking-era mythology revered first by Vikings, Goths, Saxons, and ancient Britons.

• Ullr has also been called the Shifter of the Northern Lights, the Great Hunter, the Silent One, and the Holder of the Oath Ring

• Ullr, which translated means "glorious" or "dazzling", is known foremost as master of the skis and the bow. His legend speaks of an unmatchable prowess for hunting and traveling speedily across snow. He is also known as a master of the duel and, hark, a ladies' man (a trait likely inherited from his mother, Sif, the Goddess of Fertility).

• Throughout much of Northern Europe, from Britain to Germany to Scandinavia, Ullr's legend is well fortified in local lore, specifically as the King of Winter. Ullr's moniker is used commonly in Northern European place names, and is included in many stories that extend beyond Norse mythology.

• Ullr's travels, in the Ship of Ullr made of bone, were mentioned in the eighth century epic poem "Beowulf."

(-excerpt from Snow Country Magazine by Mitchell Scott)