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Hyndluljóð (The Lay of Hyndla) | The Poetic Edda
Translated by Henry A. Bellows | Recorded by Folkbuilder Nicholas Rice

Hyndluljóðis tells the story of Freyja's attempt to help the human Ottar trace his ancestry. The poem is presented as a dialogue between Freyja and the jötunn (giantess) Hyndla.

In summary, Freyja seeks Hyndla's assistance in finding Ottar's lineage and encourages her to use her magical powers to see into the past. Hyndla, initially reluctant, eventually complies. As they ride together on a wolf to visit Ottar, Freyja provides her magical mead to rejuvenate Hyndla's powers.

During the journey, Hyndla details Ottar's genealogy, revealing the heroic and mythic ancestry of the human. Freyja interjects with praise and encouragement. The poem concludes with a cliffhanger, as the wolves approach Ottar's abode, leaving the resolution open-ended.

Hyndluljóð explores themes of ancestry, destiny, and the connection between gods and humans. The narrative is a mix of prose and poetic stanzas, showcasing the fusion of storytelling and verse in Old Norse literature. The poem also highlights the interconnectedness of different beings in Norse mythology and the importance of lineage in shaping individual destinies.

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Gróttasöngr (The Lay of Grótti/The Mill's Song) | The Poetic Edda
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Gróttasöngr consists of a dialogue between the dwarf-made millstone, Grótti, and the god Thor. The poem primarily focuses on Thor's return from a journey, during which he encounters a giant named Hymir.

Thor arrives at Hymir's hall, seeking to obtain a cauldron large enough for brewing ale for the gods. Hymir, initially reluctant, agrees to accompany Thor on a fishing trip to fetch a suitable cauldron. Thor, eager to prove his strength, splits Hymir's head open with a blow from his hammer, Mjölnir, causing giant sea serpents to rise to the surface.

Thor engages in a fierce battle with the sea serpents, ultimately killing them and obtaining the cauldron. On their return journey, Thor and Hymir encounter the giantess Grótt, who serves as a personification of the grindstone. Grótti sings a lament, expressing sorrow for Thor's deed in killing the sea serpents.

The poem concludes with Thor returning to the hall of the gods, showcasing his victorious and heroic achievements. Gróttasöngr explores themes of strength, heroism, and the might of the thunder god Thor in his quest for powerful artifacts.

Analysis of Gróttasöngr involves understanding its place within Norse mythology and its connection to other tales featuring Thor. The poem reflects the emphasis on physical prowess and the challenges faced by the gods in acquiring essential items for their realm. The personification of Grótti and her lament adds a poetic and mythic layer to the narrative, highlighting the interconnectedness of various elements in the Norse cosmos.

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Baldrs draumar (Baldr's dreams) | The Poetic Edda
Translated by Henry A. Bellows | Recorded by Folkbuilder Nicholas Rice

Baldrs draumar recounts a series of ominous dreams experienced by the god Baldr, foretelling his impending death and the events leading to Ragnarök, the Norse apocalypse.

Baldr begins having unsettling dreams that disturb both him and the other gods. Odin, Baldr's father and the chief of the Aesir, rides to the realm of Hel to seek insight from a seeress named Völva. Odin invokes powerful spells and raises the dead to question the seeress about the meaning of Baldr's dreams.

Völva reveals the details of the dreams and their significance. The dreams foretell Baldr's death, and Völva predicts that Loki, the trickster god, will play a central role in Baldr's demise. The poem concludes with the gods' realization of the impending tragedy and their attempts to prevent or cope with Baldr's fate.

Baldrs draumar involves exploring the themes of fate, tragedy, and the inevitability of Ragnarök. Baldr, often considered the most beloved and beautiful of the gods, becomes a central figure in the events leading to the end of the world. The poem reflects the Norse belief in the cyclical nature of existence, where even the gods are subject to fate and the cosmic order.

The role of dreams as omens adds a mystical and prophetic dimension to the narrative. Odin's journey to consult a seeress and the summoning of the dead contribute to the atmosphere of foreboding and doom. The poem underscores the interconnectedness of the divine and mortal realms, highlighting the fragility of the gods and the impending chaos that will reshape the cosmos.

Baldrs draumar is a poignant and prophetic poem within the Poetic Edda, foreshadowing the tragic fate of the beloved god Baldr and setting the stage for the cataclysmic events of Ragnarök in Norse mythology.

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Alvíssmál (The Lay of Alvís/The Words of the All-Wise) | The Poetic Edda
Translated by Henry A. Bellows | Recorded by Folkbuilder Nicholas Rice

Alvíssmál involves Thor engaging in a verbal contest with the dwarf Alvíss. The narrative revolves around Alvíss visiting Thor's home and seeking to marry Thor's daughter, Thrúðr. However, Thor, skeptical of Alvíss's intentions, decides to put the dwarf's knowledge to the test by engaging him in a series of questions.

Alvíss arrives at Thor's hall and expresses his desire to marry Thrúðr. Thor, protective of his daughter, agrees to the marriage under the condition that Alvíss can answer a series of questions. Thor cunningly selects questions that span various topics, from the natural world to mythology, hoping to outwit the dwarf.

As Alvíss answers each question, he inadvertently exposes himself to the harmful rays of the sunrise. Dwarves, traditionally associated with darkness and subterranean realms, are susceptible to the sunlight. By the time Alvíss answers the final question, he turns to stone as the first rays of sunlight touch him.

The poem delves into themes of wit, wisdom, and the power dynamics between different mythical beings. Thor, known for his physical strength, showcases his cleverness and cunning in outsmarting Alvíss. The questions also provide insights into Norse cosmology and the world's creation, featuring elements of mythological lore.

Alvíssmál serves as an example of the rich oral tradition in Norse literature, where stories were passed down through poetic forms. The use of a contest or challenge is a recurring motif in Norse mythology, highlighting the importance of wit and intelligence alongside physical prowess.

Alvíssmál is a poetic and mythological account of Thor's verbal contest with the dwarf Alvíss, emphasizing the significance of intellectual prowess in addition to physical strength in Norse mythology.

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Völundarkviða (The Lay of Völund) | The Poetic Edda
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Völundarkviða tells the tragic story of Völundr (Wayland), a skilled smith and craftsman. The poem revolves around Völundr's capture, captivity, and eventual revenge.

Völundr, the master smith of the gods, is captured by the sons of the king Níðuðr (Níðhad). Völundr is crippled and imprisoned on an island. During his captivity, he is visited by the swan-maiden Hervǫr alvitr, who becomes his lover. Together, they have children.

The narrative takes a dark turn when Völundr's swan-maiden wife is forced to leave him, and he is left to endure loneliness and despair. In retaliation, Völundr kills the sons of Níðuðr, fashioning jewels and ornaments from their eyes and teeth, sending them as a gruesome gift to the king. He also seduces Níðuðr's daughter, further deepening the tragedy.

The poem concludes with Völundr's continued isolation and the sorrowful yearning for his lost love.

Völundarkviða explores themes of captivity, vengeance, and the harsh realities of fate. Völundr's transformation from a revered craftsman to a vengeful and isolated figure underscores the harshness of the Norse world and the consequences of betrayals and injustices.

The presence of swan-maidens, a common motif in Norse mythology, adds a mystical and tragic dimension to the narrative. Völundr's descent into darkness and his ruthless retaliation reflect the harsh and unforgiving nature of the Norse mythic world.

Völundarkviða is a poignant and tragic poem in the Poetic Edda, depicting the downfall of the skilled smith Völundr as he experiences captivity, loss, and revenge. The narrative highlights the complexities of fate and the dark consequences that can arise in the tumultuous world of Norse mythology.

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Hárbarðsljóð (Hárbarð's Song) | The Poetic Edda
Introductory Note by Carolyne Larrington | Main Text Translated by Henry A. Bellows
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Hárbarðsljóð presents a spirited and contentious dialogue between Thor and a ferryman named Hárbarðr. The conversation takes place as Thor, accompanied by his servant Thjálfi, attempts to cross a river.

Thor and Thjálfi arriving at the river's edge, where they encounter Hárbarðr on the opposite bank. Instead of assisting Thor in crossing, Hárbarðr engages in a series of insults and provocations, attempting to goad Thor into a confrontation.

Thor responds with his own verbal assaults, accusing Hárbarðr of being a deceitful and cowardly ferryman. The exchange becomes increasingly hostile, with both figures trading insults related to their respective reputations and actions.

As the argument escalates, Hárbarðr reveals derogatory details about Thor's past exploits, including his encounters with giants and his involvement in various conflicts. Thor, in turn, defends his actions and boasts of his heroic deeds.

The poem concludes without a physical confrontation between Thor and Hárbarðr, leaving the nature of their relationship and the reason behind Hárbarðr's antagonism unresolved.

Hárbarðsljóð is notable for its use of flyting, a traditional Norse poetic form involving a contest of insults and verbal sparring. The poem provides insights into the characteristics and reputation of Thor, portraying him as a powerful and assertive figure, while also showcasing the complexity of his relationships with other beings in the mythological world.

The unresolved tension at the end of the poem adds an element of mystery, leaving the nature of Hárbarðr's motivations and the potential consequences of the encounter open to interpretation.

Hárbarðsljóð is a provocative and engaging poem featuring a verbal duel between Thor and the enigmatic ferryman Hárbarðr, exploring themes of rivalry, reputation, and the complexities of divine interactions in Norse mythology.

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Þrymskviða (The Lay of Þrym/Þrym's Poem) | The Poetic Edda
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Þrymskviða recounts the myth of Thor's hammer, Mjölnir, being stolen by the giant Þrymr (Thrym). The narrative is a mix of humor, cunning, and action.

The poem begins with Thor waking up to find that his hammer, Mjölnir, is missing. He becomes furious and seeks counsel from the god Heimdall. It is revealed that the giant Þrymr has stolen Mjölnir and demands the goddess Freyja as his bride in exchange for its return.

In a council of the gods, Loki suggests a daring plan to retrieve the hammer. Thor, disguised as Freyja, and Loki, disguised as a bridesmaid, travel to Jotunheim (the land of the giants) to meet Þrymr. The giant is smitten by what he believes to be Freyja, but Loki's quick wit saves the day, claiming that "Freyja" hasn't eaten for days due to excitement.

During the wedding feast, Thor reveals his true identity and retrieves Mjölnir from Þrymr, proceeding to unleash his wrath upon the giants.

Þrymskviða is notable for its blend of humor and heroism. It showcases Loki's cunning and Thor's physical prowess, highlighting the different attributes of the gods. The gender-bending aspect, with Thor posing as Freyja, adds a comedic element to the story.

The poem contributes to the broader theme of Thor's exploits and showcases the challenges he faces in protecting his powerful weapon. Þrymskviða also offers insights into Norse cultural elements, such as the importance of honor, marriage alliances, and the role of humor in their storytelling traditions.

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Hymiskviða (The Lay of Hymir) | The Poetic Edda
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Hymiskviða recounts an episode involving the thunder god Thor and the giant Hymir. The narrative revolves around Thor's journey to acquire a cauldron from the giant, leading to a series of challenges and adventures.

The poem begins with Thor seeking a suitable cauldron for the gods' feasts. He decides to visit the giant Hymir, known for possessing a colossal cauldron. Thor, accompanied by his servant Thjálfi, arrives at Hymir's dwelling and requests the cauldron for the gods.

Hymir, initially reluctant to part with the cauldron, challenges Thor to prove his strength by performing various tasks. Thor easily accomplishes feats such as lifting Hymir's oxen and breaking the giant's immense drinking cup. Despite these demonstrations, Hymir remains unyielding.

To further test Thor's strength, Hymir suggests a fishing expedition. Thor agrees, and they set out to sea. Thor catches two sea serpents, but Hymir panics and cuts the fishing line, allowing one serpent to escape. Thor manages to kill the remaining serpent and returns to Hymir's hall with it.

The poem concludes with Thor, frustrated by Hymir's refusal to part with the cauldron, using his hammer, Mjölnir, to shatter the giant's head and take the cauldron back to the realm of the gods.

Hymiskviða showcases Thor's physical prowess, his confrontations with giants, and his determination to acquire valuable items for the gods. The narrative reflects themes of strength, heroism, and the challenges faced by gods in their interactions with giants.

The episode with the sea serpent adds a mythical and adventurous element to the story, emphasizing Thor's role as a defender of the divine order and the lengths to which he will go to secure resources for the gods.

Hymiskviða is a poetic account of Thor's encounter with the giant Hymir, focusing on the challenges faced by the thunder god in acquiring a cauldron for the gods and highlighting his feats of strength and determination.

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Lokasenna depicts a verbal contest or exchange of insults between Loki, the trickster god, and various gods and goddesses in the hall of the sea god Ægir.

The poem begins with Ægir hosting a feast for the gods. Loki, known for his cunning and mischief, arrives uninvited and disrupts the festivities. The gods initially try to ignore Loki's presence, but he provokes them with a series of insults and accusations.

Loki directs his taunts at multiple deities, accusing them of various transgressions and exposing their flaws. The gods respond with their own insults, engaging in a heated exchange known as flyting. The insults become increasingly vicious, touching on personal matters, misdeeds, and scandals.

The exchanges involve notable figures such as Odin, Thor, Freyja, and others. Loki's accusations range from questioning the integrity of the gods to highlighting their questionable behavior and relationships. The flyting culminates in Thor's threatening intervention, prompting Loki to flee.

Lokasenna is significant for its exploration of the darker aspects of the gods' personalities, their flaws, and the tensions within the divine realm. The poem offers a glimpse into the complexities of Norse mythology, portraying the gods not as perfect beings but as flawed and subject to moral ambiguities.

The verbal contest reflects the importance of wit and cunning in Norse culture, showcasing the tradition of flyting as a form of poetic and rhetorical skill. Additionally, Lokasenna contributes to the broader themes of fate, morality, and the inevitable conflict leading up to Ragnarök, the Norse apocalypse.

Lokasenna is a dramatic and provocative poem that explores the tensions and conflicts within the divine realm through a heated exchange of insults between Loki and the gods during a feast in Ægir's hall.

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Skírnismál (The Lay of Skírnir) | The Poetic Edda
Introductory Note by Carolyne Larrington | Second Introductory Note and Main Text Translated by Henry A. Bellows
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Skírnismál focuses on the god Freyr's quest to win the hand of the giantess Gerðr, whom he sees from a distance and becomes infatuated with.

Freyr sitting on Odin's high seat, Hlidskjálf, from where he observes the giantess Gerðr in her dwelling. Smitten by her beauty, Freyr becomes consumed by desire and laments his unfulfilled love.

Freyr's servant, Skírnir, offers to undertake the quest to win Gerðr's hand for his master. Freyr lends Skírnir his magical horse and sword, and Skírnir embarks on the journey to Gerðr's abode.

Skírnir arrives at Gerðr's dwelling and attempts to convince her to marry Freyr. He uses both persuasive words and threats, promising her rich gifts and warning of the consequences if she refuses. Despite Skírnir's efforts, Gerðr remains unyielding.

Skírnir resorts to using a curse-spell, invoking powerful forces to influence Gerðr's emotions and force her to accept Freyr's proposal. The poem concludes with Skírnir returning to Freyr and delivering the news of Gerðr's reluctant agreement to marry him.

Skírnismál explores themes of love, desire, and the use of magic to achieve one's goals. The narrative highlights the lengths to which the gods are willing to go in pursuit of love and the challenges they face in dealing with beings from different realms.

The poem also provides insights into Norse mythology's cultural and social aspects, including the significance of marriage alliances, the use of magical artifacts, and the interplay between divine and mortal realms.

Skírnismál is a mythic poem that tells the story of Freyr's quest for love, with his servant Skírnir playing a crucial role in attempting to win the giantess Gerðr's hand through a combination of persuasion, promises, and magical influence.

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Grímnismál (The Ballad of Grimnir) | The Poetic Edda
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Grímnismál features a conversation between the god Odin, disguised as Grímnir (the hooded one), and the giantess Geirröðr. The narrative unfolds as Odin provides Geirröðr with a detailed account of the cosmology of Norse mythology, the creation of the world, and various realms inhabited by gods, giants, and other beings.

The poem begins with Geirröðr questioning the identity of the hooded stranger, who is revealed to be Odin in disguise. Odin responds by sharing his knowledge of the cosmos and the interconnectedness of all things.

Odin describes the creation of the world and the structure of the cosmos, including the nine realms such as Asgard, Midgard, and Hel. He details the various dwellings of gods, giants, elves, and other supernatural beings, emphasizing the diversity and complexity of Norse cosmology.

The narrative then shifts to Odin's account of his own exploits, including his self-sacrifice on Yggdrasil, the world tree, to attain wisdom and knowledge of the runes. Odin also describes the fates of different worlds and beings during Ragnarök, the ultimate destiny of the cosmos.

Throughout Grímnismál, Odin imparts his wisdom and insights to Geirröðr, weaving a rich tapestry of mythological lore, cosmogony, and esoteric knowledge. The poem combines narrative and dialogue, providing a comprehensive overview of the Norse worldview.

Grímnismál contributes to the broader understanding of Norse mythology, offering a glimpse into the complex cosmological framework and the cyclical nature of existence. The poem showcases Odin's role as a wise and knowledgeable figure, willing to share his wisdom with those who seek it, even if it means revealing the inevitability of Ragnarök and the transient nature of the world.

Grímnismál is a poetic and didactic narrative in the Poetic Edda, presenting a conversation between Odin and the giantess Geirröðr. The poem explores the cosmology of Norse mythology, the creation of the world, and the fate of the cosmos, providing a comprehensive overview of the Norse worldview.

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From episode 17 - Þórr and his role as the Striker in in the tripartite of our pantheon.

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Hávamál (The Ballad of the High One)
The Poetic Edda | Translated by Henry A. Bellows
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Hávamál is a rich and multifaceted poem that combines mythic narrative, practical advice, and mystical insights attributed to Odin. It remains a cornerstone of Norse literature, offering a window into the wisdom and ethos of the ancient Norse culture, imparting guidance on various aspects of life, ethics, and behavior.

Hávamál begins with the mythic narrative of Odin's self-sacrifice on the World Tree, Yggdrasil, where he hung for nine nights to gain knowledge of the runes. The poetic dialogue shifts to Odin's words of wisdom, presented in a series of stanzas, touching on diverse topics such as hospitality, the pursuit of knowledge, social conduct, and the art of living.

The advice in the poem covers a wide range of practical and ethical considerations. Odin emphasizes the importance of being mindful, cautious in dealings with others, and generous in hospitality. The poem also delves into the secrets of the runes, offering insights into their mystical and magical qualities.

The Hávamál can be broken up into various sections including Gestaþáttr (Guest's Section), Vetrnætr (Lay of the One in the Winter, or more correctly, Winter Nights) or Dómi Óðins (Judgment of Odin), Loddfáfnismál (Lay of Loddfáfnir), Rúnatal (Rune Song), and Ljóðatal (List of Charms).

The enduring appeal of Hávamál lies in its timeless wisdom, philosophical insights, and the embodiment of Asatru values. The poem serves as a cultural and ethical guide, reflecting the worldview and moral principles of the European people.

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Vafþrúðnismál (Vafþrúðnir's Sayings) | The Poetic Edda
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Vafþrúðnismál is part of the collection known as the "Völuspá hin skamma" or the "Short Völuspá," and it takes the form of a dialogue between Odin and the giant Vafþrúðnir.

The narrative begins with Odin disguising himself as Gagnráðr and visiting the giant Vafþrúðnir. Odin challenges Vafþrúðnir to a wisdom contest, and they take turns asking each other questions.

The questions cover various aspects of Norse cosmology, mythology, and the fate of the world. Odin, using his cunning, seeks to extract knowledge from Vafþrúðnir while revealing as little as possible about himself.

The questions touch upon the creation of the world, the origins of gods and giants, and the ultimate fate of the cosmos, including the events leading up to Ragnarök. Vafþrúðnir displays impressive knowledge but eventually fails to answer one crucial question posed by Odin.

The poem concludes with the revelation of Odin's true identity and his departure from Vafþrúðnir's hall.

Vafþrúðnismál is notable for its exploration of Norse mythology and cosmology through the format of a wisdom contest. The questions and answers provide insights into the nature of the Norse universe, the interplay between gods and giants, and the inevitability of Ragnarök. The poem highlights Odin's role as a seeker of knowledge and the lengths to which he goes to unravel the mysteries of the cosmos.

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From episode 16 - An excerpt from the discussion of courage with Alsherjargothi Matt Flavel and Gothi Rob Stamm, Dean of the Asatru Academy.

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The Elves and the Shoemaker, a Grimm's Fairy Tales story
Recorded by Gythia Sheila McNallen

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AFA Asatru Academy Story Reading

Uncle Wiggily's Toothache
Recorded by Gythia Catie Erickson

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Asatru is an expression of the native, pre-Christian spirituality of Europe. More specifically, it is the religion by which the Ethnic European Folk have traditionally related to the Divine and to the world around them.
From Iceland to Russia, from the frozen north of Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, the Ethnic European Folk wandered and settled over a span of thousands of years. Today, their descendants are spread around the world. We may refer to ourselves as Americans or English, Germans or Canadians, but behind these labels lurks an older, more essential identity. Our forefathers were Angles and Saxons, Lombards and Heruli, Goths and Vikings – and, as sons and daughters of these peoples, we are united by ties of blood and culture undimmed by the centuries.

Asatru is our native religion. It gave our ancestors comfort in millennia past, and it can give us strength and inspiration today. The word “Asatru” comes to us from Old Norse, the tongue of ancient Scandinavia, where it means “those loyal to the Gods.” Since the ancient Scandinavian version of our religion is the best documented, it has given us much of Asatru’s terminology and imagery. The soul of Asatru, however, is not confined to the Scandinavian model, but encapsulates the belief of all the Ethnic European Folk. Indeed, Asatru reflects the deeper religiosity common to virtually all the nations of Europe.

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