There is a serious misunderstanding of the term ‘Jotunn’ within Norse Germanic religion from modern perception. Clear your head of the concept of the word “giant”. As in one who is of greatly large size, separate from humans. Yes one may be of great stature and power, yet this is something human. Also, in a serious sense, distance yourself from the trappings of written norse mythology, standing alone. This is the paradox of European pagan mythology.
Imagine, comparatively speaking the Jotnar being as they are hinted at. That first and foremost all spiritual beings are manifestations of the human spirit. And we are talking spirituality, no? One taken way more serious then the vast majority take theirs this day. This giant entity being human in a sense. The term Jotunn references directly to the word ‘eat’, ‘eat greatly’, ‘eat men’. Man Eater, there in lies a spiritual descendant. A hinting at an ancient primordial time lost in the mist. A cultic descendant. The evidence of cannibalism stretches into all aspects of humanity, evident in the ‘pre cultures’ of Germanic and Celtic culture, or those living in northern Europe into the ages of ‘Doggerland’. Perhaps evident in ‘Germanic’ and’ Celtic’ culture itself. Cannibalism in it’s different forms, often falls into a warrior sense. The term may also be taken in a metaphorical sense. Of one who consumes men, a dominant and unstopping force. A giant. Cultures upon the same land overlap, they do not displace typically unless it is racial in an clear sense, yet even this is not definite. And yes, the further you go in history the more racist cultures naturally are. To the point there would be no understanding not to be this way, given the pressures of life. This is still evident today, a suppressed backlash we now witness. And will continue to witness in ever increased ways… So when you say Germanic or Celtic, you speak of migrations and cultural expressions, that built upon the expressions of those who had already been living upon a land for thousands of years. This could even be stretching back to the time of sub-species. Such a Neanderthals. And yes, there were different sub-species in different lands of the earth. Different lands mated with different sub-species. It is all very fascinating. Perhaps these sub-species have a place in early mythological understandings and entities. Yet this is something else, with a time gap of great width.
Awe, back to the flesh-eaters, the Consumer, the Jotnar, the giants. An obvious differentiation from the Aesir, the Vanir. The Vanir seeming to be cultic beliefs from somewhere slightly foreign yet near… The Aesir the high aspects of the norse psychology, or perhaps the strongest of past spirits?, directly intermixed and overlapped with the ‘giants’. The Jotunn being still something relatable to men, man like. An aspect identified through these beings, these perhaps, being the spirits of past men. Past ways, past beliefs, a tribal identification, a powerful warlike perspective. Many religions, actually All religions are based upon bloodlines and tribal lineages…
Thus from a spiritual perspective, the Jotnar are something to be tapped into. Something to be viewed as human. An aspect, of war and hate, perhaps of life. A power source greater than most. From a martial arts perspective, some ‘eastern’ cultures refer to such a being as the Dragon. Some psychologies call this the ‘Id’. Some call it many other things. Yet is it best to be viewed in universal balance. Understanding human psychology. For men need balance within, balance and understanding of our instincts.
The relationship between ‘gods’ and ‘giants’ is deeply connected, it seems as if they are the same beings, living within different borders. The god Thor is closely identified etymologically with the lore of the word Jotunn. His aspects are deeply related to those of his chief opponents, yet separate in his righteousness. Yet, The giants often act with great honour. Yes, righteousness is real and judgmental. Things are black and white and infinitely grey. Not just grey. Black and white is Not equivalent to Masculine and Feminine. The ‘Jotnar, typically just hates humanity, yet do you blame them? Sounds a lot like many gods I have read about as well.
One can not separate these terms and aspects from the European wolf cult. An ancient cult spread across Europe, manifesting it’s final stage in the Ulfhedinn and ’berserker’(bare-shirts and Bear-shirt, double meaning) of viking times. The aspects of the berserkrgang. The drinkers of blood. As ‘giants’ are termed the eaters of flesh, thirsters of blood. Aspects of war. Cults of collecting heads,etc. No one is free of cultic violence and insanity in early times. Accountability. Good and evil are obvious, an atheist can identify such a thing, one does not need religion. Thus I do not believe the aspect of the Jotunn falls into black and white, good and evil. For those are greater extremes then evidence given of the Jutunn aspect. This may have covered a bit too much ground, yet I am a wanderer.
Of the Berserkers, who is to enter Valhalla, besides these berserkers? These chosen men of Odin? Valhalla being a term to live by. Even if an atheist, in an abstract sense. For to live by the qualities to be Chosen to enter, are to live a True life….Why are they chosen? What was their qualities in truth, not propaganda of centuries late writers. Why would Wotan desire anything else than these men, those who have become this. Those who have become wolves, those who have become giants. Those who can manifest this powerful aspect. Just as Odin himself. For what are Odins other mysterious and unwarlike aspects that bring balance to this consuming power source? What path of training did it take? The Japanese call this Shugendo, this path of training and testing. A form of Shinto, deeply connected to land and ancestors. Being European and Shinto is as strange as being Japanese and Odinistic. These warrior mystics, forest and mountain dwellers, living embodiments of the term Oni and Tengu . Many cultures who allowed freedom of internal development, held mysterious cultic beliefs and ‘powers’. Thus the lineage of both giant and berserk are the same, bloodlines/ qualities bound together. One must look at each myth as human, an aspect of self. The Jotunn are thus a blood lineage, an ancestral inheritance. An aspect of the Furor Teutonicus.