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Wisdom from the dead : the Ljóðatal section of Hávamál.

McKinnell, J.

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Abstract

This article analyses the last major section of the Old Norse Eddic poem 'Hávamál', demonstrating that the mythical account of the sacrificial hanging of Óðinn is closely linked to the eighteen magic songs that he learns as a result, concluding that in the received myth pattern these were probably learned from a dead female ancestor, but that the poet has adapted this pattern to make the god appear more heroic.

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McKinnell, J. (2007). Wisdom from the dead : the Ljóðatal section of Hávamál. Medium ævum, 76, 85-115

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2007
Journal Medium Ævum
Print ISSN 0025-8385
Publisher Society for the Study of Mediaeval Languages and Literature
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 76
Pages 85-115