Elder Edda Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How should a wise Norseman speak?

A wise man knows how to question and how to answer well. Foolish men do not keep silent when they know nothing and they often talk too much.

2. What is the Edda's view on friendship?

Solid friendships are made up of mutual givers and receivers who gladden each other with weapons and gifts. A man should be friends with his friend's friends but not to the friends of an enemy.

3. Describe what happened when King Hraudung's sons went out on a fishing expedition.

King Hraudung's sons were stranded on an island where they were cared for by an old man and woman who turned out to be Odin and Frigg in disguise.

4. How does Odin test Geirrod?

Odin disguises himself once again, this time as Grimnir. Geirrod, following Frigg's advice, captures and tortures the wizard. Only Geirrod's son, Agnar, takes pity on the wizard who reveals himself as being Odin.

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