The Havamal Part 3 - Stanzas 57-83 - The Most Famous Part of Odin’s Book of Wisdom from the Poetic Edda of Norse Mythology
May 26th, 2018
We continue our series on the Havamal, the book of wisdom attributed to Odin. We read about how to live a good life, and we cover the two most famous verses in Norse Mythology, Havamal 76 and 77.
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The Poetic Edda is the primary original source for the myths and legends of Norse Mythology. The Poetic Edda includes everything from the creation of the world to its destruction in Ragnarok, from the adventures of Thor to the wisdom of Odin. We are exploring these timeless stories to learn how the Norse people understood the world, and how we can apply their worldview to life today.
The Havamal is the collection of poetry attributed to Odin. It is included in the Poetic Edda and is a core element of Norse Mythology. The Havamal is a book of wisdom full of contraditions. At once it is an example of how to live and a cautionary tale mistakes to avoid. Included in the Havamal are the stories of the winning of the mead of poetry and Odin's sacrifice of himself to himself to discover the runes.
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