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Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Sources

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When Óðinn's travels to Hel's realm in order to find out what the future holds for his son Baldr, he uncovers and ressurects a dead vǫlva through the use of seiðr in order to question her against her will.


Bdr ch. 4


Þá reið Óðinn fyrir austan dyr......

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When Baldr is plagued by bad dreams Óðinn disguises himself and enters Hel's realm in order to seek answers by resurrecting and questioning a dead vǫlva.


Óðinn's conflict with the dead, particularly dead women, is well documented in the mythological sources.

(Contributed by Douglas Robert Dutton.)


Main text: Baldrs draumar

Attributes: Seiðr Vǫlva Knowledge of the dead

Named things: Óðinn

Text sections: Bdr 4


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