Hulda has several names such as Holda or Frau Holle, Mother Holle is a Northern European goddess. She rides beside Odin as his co-leader of the Wild Hunt riding through the Milky Way.
She is a winter goddess or Snow queen. Hulda, leads dead souls, all flying on brooms alongside her trusty hounds during the Wild hunt. She is served by the Hulden German hill faeries that may accompany her in the Wild Hunt of Yule. Hulda’s feast day is held during the Winter Solstice, she reveres her totems rabbits and wolves. She is a natural environmentalist that protects the forests and creatures where she dwells.
The German term “Hulda-riding,” means witches’ flight or night train. Hulda is loved by her followers these witches and the dead souls fly at night during the twelve nights of Christmas.
Folklore dictates, this wintry, goddess totes prosperity and good luck to compassionate folks and bestows calamity upon cruel, mean spirited people.
This Snow Queen is a busy nature goddess, she controls fog and snow. When Hulda shakes out her feather mattress, snow falls out over the earth.
Hulda may transform from a lovely blonde maiden to a extremely old crone and vice versa depending on her situation.
An illustration below of Hulda Norse goddess of winter, wild hunt and weather by Nifty Buckles.
Source & Reference:
- Claude Lecouteux, Encyclopedia of Norse and Germanic Folklore, Mythology and Magic. Published by Inner Traditions International ©2016 ISBN 978620554807
- Featured image: Frau Holle, illustration by Hermann Vogel in Public domain
- Frau Holle with the Wild Hunt in Wikimedia commons Public Domain
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