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Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Sources

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In order to learn about the past, present and furture of the world, Óðinn resurrects a dead vǫlva in order to question her knowledge on these topics.


Vǫl ch. 1


Meyjar flugu sunnan myrkvið í ......

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It is unknown why Óðinn knew that this particular vǫlva would be able to answer his questions or even how he knew where to find her. The conflict is evidenced throughout the poem in the instances where the vǫlva questions Óðinn on his knowledge, some of it supposedly known only to him.

(Contributed by Douglas Robert Dutton.)


Main text: Vǫluspá

Attributes: Seiðr Vǫlva Knowledge of the dead

Named things: Óðinn

Text sections: Vǫl 1


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