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Odin, Sacrifice, and the Search for Wisdom

For nine days and nine nights Odin hung from the world tree, Yggdrasil, pierced with a spear, without food and water, on a quest to obtain the sacred knowledge of the runes. The idea that wisdom is a thing that requires sacrifice - that it's a thing that might be...

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We Are All Lit (The Dwarf)

The Aesir took the body of Balder to the shore, intending to light Hringhorn, his mighty ship, ablaze as a funeral pyre. They couldn't move the ship without the help of the giantess Hyrrokken, who arrived riding on a wolf with writhing serpents for reins. She pushed...

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Gullveig: Pondering What’s Lost

When she came to Odin's hall the Aesir stabbed her with spears. They burned her three times, and each time she was reborn; under the name Heid (Heiðr) she went forth, going from house to house, prophesying and practicing seid (seiðr, Norse magic). She was...

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Creativity, Magic, and The Mead of Poetry

The war between the Vanir and the Aesir ended in a truce, symbolized by the two warring factions spitting into into a jar, that was then fashioned into a man - the wisest of men - Kvasir, who could answer any question. Kvasir traveled far and wide, sharing his wisdom,...

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Steven's bookshelf: read

The Passage
really liked it
Man, this book was long (for me) but ultimately very good, though it took me about a hundred pages to get into it. I appreciated the way all of the little bits came together, with the promise of more interesting stuff in the future books...