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Elder Edda - Vafthrudnir's Sayings (Vafthrudnismal) Summary & Analysis

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Vafthrudnir's Sayings (Vafthrudnismal) Summary

Odin desires to journey to Vafthrudnir, the all-wise giant, and seek advice from the giant's wife. Frigg tries to dissuade her husband of this course of action because she fears the powerful giant. Odin eventually wins the debate and leaves to test the giant's wisdom. Upon his arrival at Vafthrudnir's hall Odin, disguised as a man named Gagnrad, asks the giant if he is merely wise or very wise. Vafthrudnir welcomes the guest and they begin a battle of wits to see who is the wiser.

Odin suggests that since he is the visitor it would be better for the giant to begin asking questions. After asking Odin a series of questions, Vafthrudnir deems his guest wise and invites Odin to move his seat nearer the giant's bench to continue their contest. Odin then begins a line of questioning directed toward the giant...

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