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Thoughts on Skaldic poetry and the Norse god Odin

Here are some thoughts I had about Skaldic poetry: THE SKALDS AND SKALDIC POETRY Skaldic poetry was a form of poetry used by the Old Norse or Viking poets, called Skalds, during and after the Viking era.  They were particularly prevalent … Continue reading

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The many names of the Norse god Odin

There are many names of Odin.  In the “Grimnismol” Odin, himself, states:  “A single name have I never had since first among men I fared”. The use of Odin’s many names is even mentioned in the “Gylfiginning” where it is stated:  “. … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on the accounts of the Norse god Odin as a man

  (Odin by George von Rosen, 1886) There are only two people, as near as I can tell, who have spoken of Odin as a man.  Not only have they spoken about Odin as a man but both have given us much information … Continue reading

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Thoughts on how the Norse god Odin’s association with sacrifice, and historical circumstance, turned him into a ‘war god’ and a ‘god of the dead’

(Odin from an eighteenth century Icelandic manuscript) I often hear the Norse god Odin described as a ‘war god’, as if all he was about was victory, killing, and such.  I’ve also heard him spoken of as a ‘god of the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the problems of interpreting Norse mythology

The mythology of the Norse, or Vikings, have been greatly misunderstood.  In part, it is because so little has survived.  Not only that, much of it is not put into any perspective of the culture and the peoples lives.  We … Continue reading

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