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Elder Edda - Sayings of the High One (Havamal) Summary & Analysis

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Sayings of the High One (Havamal) Summary

This poem consists of a series of wisdom sayings. The first grouping of sayings revolves around the treatment of guests. Guests should be aware of the home they are walking into and be served quickly by the host. The needs of the weary traveler should be attended to generously. The guest is warned to stay watchful and silent in order to gain praise for himself.

The speaker gives advice on appearing wise instead of acting foolishly. Foolish men think all those who laugh with him are friends but does not understand when none speak for him at Assembly. Foolish men do not keep silent when he knows nothing but often they talk too much. A wise man knows how to question and how to answer well. Men should not mock others and although men say they are...

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