The Apples of Idunn and the Mead of Poetry…
Assuming the reader’s familiarity, one will note a certain commonality to the two myths, in that both involve a flight and pursuit in bird form that ultimately carries the Apples and the Mead back to the yard of the gods.
It is the tendency of analytical reductionist thought, so foreign to the more poetic thinking of our preChristian ancestors, to chase after these things, the Apples and the Mead, in two different directions.
“Soma is the mythological cognate of the Mead of Poetry!”
And so it is.
And yet soma was also glossed as amrita by the composers of the Vedas. The word amrita is cognate, both mythologically and linguistically, to the Greek ambrosia, and like ambrosia it confers immortality upon the gods.
The two are thus mythological cognates to the Golden Apples of Idunn. And suggest a deep significance and relationship between between the “youth” provided by the Apples and the “inspired poetry” provided by the Mead.
It is our religious hymns that shape and maintain the youth of our gods, and more poignantly our relationship with them.
Still not convinced of the relationship?
Feel free to ask Bragi and Idunn about it.