Journeying towards Gefjon

by Melinda Marton

My first meeting with the Goddess

Gefjon Fountain, Kastellet, CopenhagenI first met the Goddess Gefjon (of whom I had never before heard) shortly after my move to Denmark.

I moved to Copenhagen in January 2009, to live together with my Danish boyfriend. One evening I walked with him to Kastellet, to see the Little Mermaid, one of the most famous Danish tourist attractions. On the way, I saw the Gefjon fountain made by Anders Bungaard in 1897-99). It was breathtakingly beautiful and so alive!

I asked my boyfriend about the fountain, and that is how I heard that according to the myth, Gefjon was the founder of Zealand (the largest county in Denmark, called Sjæland in Danish) also known as “the devil’s island” – I wonder why! Continue reading "Journeying towards Gefjon"