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Also known as Ull, Ulle, Ullr, Vulder, Holla and Oller, his name means glorious. The Norse God of winter, skiing, death and hunting. His domain in skiing did not only include skiis themselves but ski shoes (although I don't quite see how any celestial divination was needed in these). This domain was more of a "on the side" job, he was far more important as the god of hunting and winter.

Ullr was always depicted on skiis with a longbow made of yew, Ullr was an honourable God who personified the Wild Hunt that the Vikings not only used for food, but in battle to "hunt" down their enemies and sacrifices. Thus, Ullr was often related to battle and to duels, and would quite often be called upon before them. The Norse would pray to Ullr for a "winter blessing", which generally meant a good hunt to get their hungry people through the winter. In this winter and skiing aspect, he was almost identical to Skadi. The difference being was that Ullr, born to Thor and Sif, was an Aesir, whereas Skadi, born to Thiadi, was a Jotun. Regardless, the two were closely related, hunting together and somewhere along the line they were married.

Ullr gained his death aspect from the fact that in the summer he would travel to Helheim (Niflheim) to live with Hel, daughter of Loki and the goddess of death. Those that died during the winter would be taken to Helheim by Ullr when he left for it at the beginning of Summer (assuming, of course, that they hadn't already been selected to travel to Valhalla by Odin and Freyja's Valkyries). Where Loki was depicted as a malignant trickster, and Hel depicted as the spawn of evil, Ullr was not branded for consorting with these two. He was considered a good and honourable God, and was never at all related to the other two in a negative way.

In Winter, however, he went from consorting with the underground to transcending to the heavens. Odin always left Asgard in the Winter, and Ullr would take his place. When Odin left, he also left Freyja behind, and Ullr would take her in his absence. Although Ullr was considered a good and honourable God, he was not a very cheerful God, and he very rarely bestowed a bounty upon Midgard unless the people prayed very hard; and even then he was known to completely ignore them if he was in a bad mood (which was more often than not). In the Winter Ullr not only took over from Odin, but seemingly absorbed his duties. Where Odin was worshipped as the God of the hunt in Summer, depicted as being the initiator and leader of the wild hunt, in Winter it would be Ullr leading the hunt. Thus Ullr is almost an Odin alter ego; although it is also possible that Ullr is an older Odin that became less important, as in the early Germanic tribes Ullr, not Odin, was the chief God.

Ullr's month was the Yule month, the month before the Winter Solstice. Ullr was absorbed into Christianity as St. Hubert, patron saint of the hunt.

In addition to all the names listed above, Uller was also known as Ullen or Ullin in Norway. All these name variations give us hints that he was a very old god. The fact that he has given name to numerous places in Scandinavia is another indication of that. Yet he doesn't seem to feature in any of the cool stories from Norse mythology, there just isn't as much lore about him as there is about Odin, Thor and Freya. Uller probably belongs to an older generation of gods, along with Tyr and Heimdall - the people who worshipped them lived in Scandinavia before the arrival of the Vikings

The modern form of the name Uller, Ull, is not at all used for naming children in Norway (or in other parts of Scandinavia, for that matter), despite the revival of other old names from Norse mythology. The reason for this is simple: The name means "wool" in modern Norwegian. There are some derivations in circulation, however. Ulrik for boys and Ulla for girls are good, normal names. But it is in place names that we truly see the influence of the old god.

Uller seems to have been a really popular god in the very old days, especially in the eastern part of Norway, where heaps of places are named after him. Only in the Oslo area, several wellknown places bear his mark:
Ullern is a fashionable part of the city with its own church, which is therefore indirectly named after the Norse god.
Ullevål is world famous in Norway for its football stadium, where national matches are played. The name means Uller's field; which is quite appropriate for a god of sports.
Ullersmo, the location of a national prison, has the same meaning.

In the rest of the country, a name like Ullinshof - Uller's temple - is found in several places, many of them churches and vicarages. The churches in question were probably built on top of an old temple. There are many instances of this, but most of the churches have since been renamed.

There are also many places called Ullensaker and Ulvang, which both mean Uller's fields. I could go on, but I'd really better stop now.

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