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How are future apocalyptic events detailed so greatly?

In the Völuspa (part of the poetic Edda), the tale is told to Odin as a prophecy by a völva who tell him both the story of earth creation and destruction. In the Gylfaginning (part of the prose ...
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Does Odin choose who enters Valhalla?

Also - in the Volsung Saga Odin demotes Brynhild because she disobeys his orders that a certain king should win in battle, and kills him instead. (He condemns her to marry a mortal.) If he can pick ...
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Does Odin choose who enters Valhalla?

In contrast to the stanza in Gylfaginning's chapter 24, in the Hákonarmál Odin sends his valkyries to announce to king Haakon the Good that he has been granted a seat in the hall of the slain: They ...
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Are dwarves and dark elves the same?

The thirteenth-century writings of Snorri Sturluson are remarkable, but they must be placed in context. He wrote long after conversion, and his work was likely affected by the fogging of the lens ...
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How are future apocalyptic events detailed so greatly?

Ragnarok myths, especially the Voluspa, were greatly influenced by Christianity. Typically pagan myths influenced Christianity more, but in this case, the influence of Christianity on Ragnarok myths ...
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Why does Óðr (Oder) travel away from Freyja?

The main issue here to answer this question is that we don't know anything about Óðr. He is only mentioned in : the paragraph you quoted from the Gylfaginning; stanza 25 of the Völuspá: Þá ...
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Why is Vidar silent?

The only real role of Víđarr in the norse mythology seems to be to avenge his father Odin during Ragnarokr by slaughtering Fenrir. In a footnote to his article Le dieu scandinave Víđarr , Georges ...
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Why is Gylfe trying to deceit his way into Asgard?

Here is the way the whole story after the plowing of Denmark by Gefjun is summarized in another work by Snorri Struluson, the Ynglinga Saga: Now when Odin heard that things were in a prosperous ...
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Are dwarves and dark elves the same?

Norse mythology often alludes to nine worlds. Eight of these are known with relative certainty: Asgard, realm of the Aesir Vanaheim, realm of the Vanir Alfheim, realm of the (light) elves Midgard, ...
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Significance of Gylfi's choice of pseudonym

The same name being applied to each of them likely reflects the similarity of the roles, as a wanderer. Gylfi takes up a role markedly similar to one you might expect from Odin in this aspect, as a ...
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Who is the sword juggler in the Gylfaginning?

The supposedly nameless sword juggler is a well known figure in the Norse mythology. He's the son of Odin and Frigg, and is the messenger of the gods. His name is Hermod or, Hermóðr the Brave. The ...
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According to the Gylfaginning, where do giants live?

Quoting directly from the Gylfaginning (verse 15), with emphasis, Then said Ganglere: Where is the chief or most holy place of the gods? Har answered: That is by the ash Ygdrasil. There the gods ...
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Who fathered Gefjun's ox sons?

This is probably not a very satisfying answer but it seems that his name isn't mentioned in any account of this story, and knowing that he comes from Jotunheim doesn't really help narrowing down the ...
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Are dwarves and dark elves the same?

The issue with figuring the answer to this is to know that Norse mythology now has been convoluted by old Christianity. This was done to make people who follow the Norse mythology to be easier to lead ...
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Does Odin choose who enters Valhalla?

It seems that Odin chooses who dies while Freya gets first pick. But this has doesn't mean Odin chooses who comes to his hall. If he were to choose the best, then Freya would take half. If he were to ...
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Are dwarves and dark elves the same?

These lists of the nine worlds are modern speculations/generalisations. I would like to see elder literature or source material support this. Don't forget that the bardic and scholarly tradition ...
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Are dwarves and dark elves the same?

In Tolkien's Silmarillion the Dark Elves (Moriquendi) are definitely elves and distinct from dwarves. Tom Shippey, a professor of Old and Middle English, believed that Tolkien took the concept from ...
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Does Odin choose who enters Valhalla?

The Valkyrie carry the spirit of the fallen warrior to Asgaard and all who come are not turned away. Those who wish may go to the hall of Freya. This was to maintain peace between family members. Odin ...
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