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Vár

In Norse mythology, Vár or Vór is a goddess associated with oaths and agreements. Vár is attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources. Scholars have proposed theories about the implications of the goddess. In the Poetic Edda poem Þrymskviða, the blessed of Vár is invoked by the jötunn Þrymr after his "bride" is hallowed with the stolen hammer of Thor, Mjöllnir, at their wedding: In the chapter 35 of the Prose Edda book Gylfaginning, High tells Gangleri about the ásynjur. High lists Vár ninth among the sixteen ásynjur he presents in the chapter and provides some information about her: Ninth Var: she listens to people's oaths and private agreements that women and men make between each other, thus these contracts are called varar. She punishes those who break them. In addition, Vár appears twice more in the Prose Edda. In chapter 75 of the Prose Edda book Skáldskaparmál Vár appears within a list of 27 ásynjur names. In chapter 87 the name Vár is employed in a kenning referring to the goddess Skaði in the poem Haustlöng by the skald Þjóðólfr of Hvinir.

A runic inscription inscribed on a stick from Bergen, Norway around the year 1300 records a common mercantile transaction followed by a verse from a displeased scribe that mentions Vár:'Wise Var of wire makes sit unhappy. Eir of mackerels' ground takes and much sleep from me.' Mindy Macleod and Bernard Mees posit that the first line of the inscription means "women make me miserable" or "marriage makes me miserable," whereas the second line means "women take a lot of sleep from me." Regarding the ceremonial marital reference to Vár in Þrymskviða, Andy Orchard opines that "the antiquity of such a ritual is far from clear." Britt-Mari Näsström argues that, like many other minor goddesses, Vár was one of Freyja's names, "later apprehended as independent goddesses."Rudolf Simek says that the goddesses Sága, Hlín, Sjöfn, Snotra, Vár, Vör should be considered vaguely defined figures who "should be seen as female protective goddesses" that are all responsible for "specific areas of the private sphere, yet clear differences were made between them so that they are in many ways similar to matrons."

Camfield House

Camfield House referred to as Annesfield, is a conglomerate of buildings in Albany in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. The property contains a wattle and daub house constructed in 1852 as a residence for the Camfields, known as Annesfield; the other building is a school house built for Aboriginal children. The school commenced in 1852 under the auspices of Anne Camfield; the school was focused on educating Indigenous children. The house is a simple colonial design, rectangular in shape with a steeply pitched gable corrugated iron roof; the walls have three sets of casement windows set over the verandah. Four chimneys are set asymmetrically around the house; the school is a two-storey brick building with a steeply pitched gabled corrugated iron roof. It is whitewashed on the others. In 1857 the Camfields built a separate school room near the house with classroom, attached kitchen and accommodation for up to eight children. In 1858 a total of 23 children were at the school; the school went into decline shortly afterward with Anne Camfield struggling with the workload and her advanced years.

The buildings were classified by the National Trust in 1973 and placed on the municipal inventory in 2001. List of places on the State Register of Heritage Places in the City of Albany

Cherry Falls

Cherry Falls is a 2000 American slasher film directed by Geoffrey Wright, starring Brittany Murphy, Jay Mohr, Michael Biehn. The plot focuses on a small Virginia town. After being submitted to and rejected by the MPAA numerous times, the film was never picked up for theatrical distribution and was purchased by USA Films, who telecast it in the fall of 2000. In the woods outside of Cherry Falls, Virginia, a teenage couple, Rod Harper and Stacy Twelfmann are getting romantic in a car when a black-haired female appears and murders them both. Meanwhile, in town, teenager Jody Marken, the daughter of the local sheriff, is with her boyfriend, who thinks it is time to "see other people." Jody goes back home to find her father, upset that she is out past her curfew. Brent and his deputies begin to investigate the murders the next day, they see. At school, Brent sees English teacher Mr. Leonard Marliston, who urges him to divulge more details of the murder to students and the town so as to eliminate the possibility of secrets.

Annette Duwald a virgin, is home alone when she is killed in the same manner as the other two teenagers. Concerned for the town's safety, Brent holds a meeting at the high school to tell parents the nature of the crimes. No students are invited, but Jody and her friend Timmy, who stayed after school, witness the meeting. Timmy asks to borrow Jody's cell phone, goes into the stairwell to make a call. Jody goes downstairs to find him, discovers his dead body in a locker room, she is confronted by the killer who attacks her. At the police station, Jody describes the killer to an officer. Brent confides with an old friend, Tom Sisler, that the suspect looks like "Lora Lee Sherman." The two are both visibly nervous, Jody listens in on their conversation. Back at school and Kenny reconcile. Jody learns from her mother about the tale of Lora Lee. Twenty-seven years ago, Lora Lee was a high school loner, she claimed that four popular boys at school, including Brent and the high school principal, raped her one night.

Her cries fell on deaf ears and she left the city for the rural outskirts, where she was seen or heard from again. After Jody discovers the truth, disappointed with the hypocrisy of her parents, she visits Kenny at his house, they talk and Jody, being upset with her parents, tries to have sex with Kenny. He refuses, causing her to leave. After catching news of the killer's targeting of virgins, the high school students in town congregate at an abandoned hunting lodge to indulge in a mass orgy. Brent goes to the school to meet Sisler only to find the principal dead in his office with the words "virgin not" carved into his forehead. Before Brent can react he is knocked out by the killer. Jody, who has refused to attend the orgy with Kenny, is out riding her bike when she cycles by Mr. Marliston's house and witnesses him dragging a heavy trunk inside, she helps him get it into the house, he casually mentions that her father is inside it. She opens it and finds her father and bloody, before she is knocked unconscious.

At the orgy, Kenny is about to have sex with a girl when he has second thoughts and leaves to find Jody. Driving around, he is puzzled to see her bicycle outside of Marliston's house. In his basement, Marliston puts on a makeup to "become" Lora Lee Sherman. Marliston reveals that he is Lora Lee Sherman's illegitimate son, asks Brent to retell the story of what happened that night 25 years ago. Brent reveals. Marliston says his mother became an abusive "psycho" after the rape and that one of the rapists is his father. By targeting virgins, Marliston would rob all the wealthy parents of their "precious virginal children". Kenny enters the house and frees Jody as Brent fights with Marliston, who manages to brutally kill him. Jody and Kenny flee to the orgy with Marliston in furious pursuit, he bursts inside wielding an mass panic erupts. After wildly stabbing panicking students and trying to escape, Marliston fights both Jody and Kenny, with Kenny being wounded during the melee. Marliston is pushed off a balcony by Jody and impaled on fence posts.

At first he seems to be dead, before reviving only to be promptly shot dead by Deputy Sheriff Mina, who unloads two pistols into him. The next day, Jody hides the reasons for the killings from the police and she and her mother head away from the station; as they leave town, Jody sees someone resembling Lora Lee Sherman disappear behind a moving school bus. The film ends with a shot of the waterfalls outside town. In October 1998, Variety announced Geoffrey Wright as director. Wright promised an intelligent script full of irony. In 1999, the filmmakers began using the town square in Warrenton; the film's set was described as "tense" by writer Ken Selden, due to the thirty-day production schedule falling behind, which led to budget issues from October Films. Director Geoffrey Wright kept Selden's original script unchanged, but re-wrote the film's final "orgy scene,", conceived by Selden as featuring the teenagers having a mass sex party under a giant white sheet. Wright opted to shoot the scene with the cast nude, which resulted in much of the scene being cut in order to avo