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Elder Edda - The Seeress's Prophecy (Voluspa) Summary & Analysis

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The Seeress's Prophecy (Voluspa) Summary

Odin has traveled to seek out the Seeress in order to learn the stories of the ancient past, the truth of the present, and the secrets of the future. The Seeress begins her long answer with the birth of the world from the giant Ymir. She tells of the ZHsir's establishment of a home on Idavoll Plain and the coming of three giant girls who demand treasure. The dwarves are cataloged over several verses before the prophetess tells about the gods creation of the first humans from Ash and Embla. The Seeress tells Odin about Yggdrasill and the fates who live below it measuring out the life of each man.

Odin is told of the first war in which the ZHsir's stronghold falls and is trampled by another group of gods called the Vanir. Shortly after this explanation the Seeress pauses...

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