The Voluspa Part 2 - Stanzas 27-44 - The Eye of Odin and the Death of Baldr from the Poetic Edda of Norse Mythology
Feb 17th, 2018
We continue our look at the Voluspa. We hear the tragedy of Baldur, we meet Loki and see the beginning of the end of the world. Would you like to hear more, listener?
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0:00:00 - Introduction, correction about Ymir
0:09:18 - Stanza 27: The eye of Odin and the ear of Heimdall
0:18:03 - Stanza 28: Odin's eye hidden in the well of Mimir
0:36:44 - Stanza 29: Odin pays the seeress for her knowledge
0:42:25 - Stanza 30: Introduction to the Valkyries
0:49:49 - Stanzas 31-33: The death of Baldr. The life-death-rebirth story central to Norse mythology.
1:29:50 - Stanza 34: Introduction to Loki as a prisoner of the Gods
1:48:14 - Stanzas 35-36: The river of Slith, the golden hall of Sinder, and Okolnir, the beer-hall of Brimir.
1:55:15 - Stanzas 37-38: The destination of murderers, adulterers and oathbreakers
2:05:40 - Stanzas 39-40: Fenrir, the wolf of chaos and destruction, and the Fimbulwinter
2:19:07 - Stanzas 41-42: The giants are cheerful, roosters crow in all the worlds
2:28:15 - Stanza 43: More about Fenrir, the introduction of Ragnarok
2:37:44 - Stanza 44: Society breaking down as the world descends into chaos
2:48:58 - Conclusion, acknowledgments
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