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Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Sources

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Having hanged himself and acquired the runes, the poet/Óðinn relates how the runes faciltate further knowledge gathering.


Hávm ch. 140


Fimbulljóð níu nam ef af inum ......

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Designed to exemplify human social wisdom and culminating in Óðinn recounting his own quest for knowledge, Hávamál contains four primary stanzas which detail Óðinn’s ritual hanging.


It appears that through use of the runes, Óðinn is able to take knowledge from his dead maternal uncle (Bǫlþór) as well as acquiring the Mead of Poetry.

(Contributed by Douglas Robert Dutton.)


Main text: Hávamál

Attributes: Knowledge of the dead

Named things: Óðinn Bestla Bǫlþór Óðrœrir

Text sections: Hávm 140


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