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Elder Edda - Harbard's Song (Harbarzljod) Summary & Analysis

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Harbard's Song (Harbarzljod) Summary

Traveling from the east Thor comes to an inlet with a ferryman sitting on the other side. Thor calls the man a "pipsqueak" and asks his identity. In reply the ferryman wants to know whom the peasant is that speaks to him. Thor asks to be ferried across in exchange for a basket of tasty food. The ferryman tells Thor that his kin are sad at the death of his mother but Thor is unaffected by the remark stating that most people would view his mother's death as a good thing. Thor remains nonplussed as the ferryman hurls insults about Thor's lack of decent farms or pants. The god inquires about the owner of the boat and learns that Hildolf who lives in Counsel-island Sound has asked the ferryman to keep watch over it and give passage only to good people...

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