We continue our series on the Havamal with the section known as Odin's Love Poem. Hear Odin's wisdom about love and the famous story of his winning of the mead of poetry.

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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.

Show Outline:

0:04:14 - Stanza 84: Don't trust the words of a woman
0:09:52 - Stanza 85-89: Don't trust untrustworthy things
0:33:20 - Stanza 88: Trusting newly planted crops and children
0:40:38 - Stanza 90: Be careful with deceitful women
0:52:06 - Stanza 91: Men lie just like women, and they lie to seduce
0:59:43 - Stanza 92: How to woo a woman properly
1:08.10 - Stanza 93-94: Don't mock someone who has fallen in love
1:14:55 - Stanza 95: Wise people need love too
1:21:02 - Stanza 96: Odin waiting for his love
1:24:28 - Stanzas 97-99: Odin wooing a woman he is not worthy of.
1:34:23 - Stanzas 100-101: Odin faces the consequences
1:46:55 - Stanza 102: Wise Women are formidable
1:51:07 - Stanza 103: The whole Havamal in one stanza
1:54:35 - Stanza 104: Odin visits a giant to get mead. (It was Mimir who was killed by the Vanir during the war. Kvasir was born out of the saliva of both the Aesir and the Vanir)
2:01:28 - Stanza 105: Odin lies to Gunnlod to get mead
2:06:09 - Stanza 106-107: Odin lies and cheats to "liberate" the Mead of Peotry.
2:12:43 - Stanza 108: Odin effectively deceiving Gunnlod
2:16:25 - Stanza 109: Frost giants come to visit Odin for his treachery
2:19:38 - Stanza 110: Odin cannot be trusted and breaks oaths

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