Who was Vidar and why is he an inspiration for Vidar Foundation?

The question of who exactly Vidar was to the pre-Christian Norse and other Germanic peoples is essentially unanswerable.

In Norse myth, Vidar is the son of Odin and the giantess Grid. He is the god of silence and revenge, the second strongest of the gods. At the destruction of the world, Odin will be killed by the wolf Fenrir, or Fenris, and Vidar will avenge his father by killing the wolf with his bare hands. He will press one foot on Fenrir's bottom jaw, and will take hold of his other jaw and tear the wolf apart. He is one of the gods that will rule the new world when it is created

The gods rely on him in times of immense difficulties.

Vidar’s  "thick shoe" is described as consisting of all the extra leather pieces that people have cut from their own shoes at the toe and heel, collected by the god throughout all time. Therefore, anyone who is concerned enough to give assistance to the gods should throw these pieces away.

The Vidar Foundation seeks to find a new way of working with money, by enabling individuals who wish to assist new ventures to connect with those entrepreneurs and initiatives that will develop socially responsible projects.  Through Vidar Foundation these lenders put their “extra leather pieces” at the disposal of those whose needs could be seen as “immense difficulties” in order that they can carry out their work. The Fenris wolf might be viewed as the materialistic drive for profit that permeates much of economic life today and whose power to rule much of the world’s activities needs to be countered by an impulse that will lead to the “new world.”


Gosforth Cross, England, 10th century