History Literature / PoeticEdda

19th Mar '16 2:00:21 PM LordGro
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* TheWeirdSisters: According to "Voluspa", the sacred Well of Urd is guarded by three Norns (goddesses of fate) by the names of Urd ("fate"), Verdandi ("happening") and Skuld ("destiny"). The guardians of the Well of Urd are consistently referred to as "maidens".

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According to "Voluspa", the sacred Well of Urd is guarded by three Norns (goddesses of fate) by the names of Urd ("fate"), Verdandi ("happening") and Skuld ("destiny"). The guardians of the Well of Urd are consistently referred to as "maidens".
** {{Valkyries}}, the supernatural women who determine who is going to die in a battle, frequently come in threes or multiples of three: There is a list of six valkyries in "Voluspa" and a list of twelve in "Grimnismal". The young Helgi Hjorvardsson sees nine valkyries riding by, and the giantess Hrimgred mentions she has seen Helgi being followed by twenty-seven valkyries who protect him.
** Volund and his two brothers encounter three valkyries spinning flax on the shore of a lake, and by taking their swan garments prevent them from turning into birds and flying away.
19th Mar '16 1:51:59 PM LordGro
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* TheWeirdSisters: According to "Voluspa", the sacred Well of Urd is guarded by three Norns (goddesses of fate) by the names of Urd ("fate"), Verdandi ("happening") and Skuld ("destiny"). The guardians of the Well of Urd are consistently referred to as "maidens".



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29th Feb '16 3:37:35 PM Josef5678
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* NuttySquirrel: The squirrel Ratatösk ("Drill-Tooth") is constantly running up and down the tree Yggdrasil, transmitting messages between the eagle at the top and the dragon Nidhoggr at its roots ("Grímnismál")
23rd Sep '15 3:58:25 PM nombretomado
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One of the two works referred to as ''Literature/{{Edda}}s'', the ''Poetic Edda'' is actually not a single, fixed work, but a collective term for poetry on stories and themes from {{Norse mythology}} as found in old UsefulNotes/{{Iceland}}ic manuscripts. The bulk of these poems, however, is contained in a single manuscript, the ''Codex Regius'', a work first compiled c. 1230 CE (though the only exemplar we have was created c. 1270 CE).

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One of the two works referred to as ''Literature/{{Edda}}s'', the ''Poetic Edda'' is actually not a single, fixed work, but a collective term for poetry on stories and themes from {{Norse Myth/{{Norse mythology}} as found in old UsefulNotes/{{Iceland}}ic manuscripts. The bulk of these poems, however, is contained in a single manuscript, the ''Codex Regius'', a work first compiled c. 1230 CE (though the only exemplar we have was created c. 1270 CE).
30th May '15 11:54:39 PM LordGro
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* ShapeshiftingLover: Völundr and his two brothers encounter three valkyries spinning flax in the wild and take away their swan-shirts which the valkyries need to transform into birds. After living with the brothers for nine years, the valkyries retrieve their magic shirts and fly away.



* {{Valkyries}}: Völundr and his two brothers marry three valkyries they encounter in the wild (who are simultaneously princesses from the South).

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* {{Valkyries}}: Völundr and his two brothers marry three valkyries they encounter in the wild (who are simultaneously princesses from the South).
30th May '15 11:38:17 PM LordGro
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!! Pieces from the ''Poetic Edda'' with their separate pages:
* [[Literature/WaylandTheSmith "Lay of Volundr"]]



* LadyMacbeth: The advice to hamstring the captive Völundr is given by King Níðuðr 's wife ("Völundarkviða").



* {{Seer}}: The unnamed seeress that is the speaker of "Völuspá".

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* RapeDiscretionShot: Völundr's rape of the king's daughter is not explicitly stated in "Völundarkviða", but it can be inferred from context what has happened.
* SlippingAMickey: As part of his vengeance on King Níðuðr, Völundr drugs Níðuðr's daughter with tampered mead when she is visiting his smithy, then rapes her.
* {{Seer}}: The unnamed seeress that is the speaker of "Völuspá".
"Völuspá" (i.e. "Prophecy of the Seeress").
* {{Valkyries}}: Völundr and his two brothers marry three valkyries they encounter in the wild (who are simultaneously princesses from the South).
24th Jan '15 7:12:19 AM LordGro
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* SlainInTheirSleep: "Reginsmál" specifies that Fafnir murdered his father Hreidmar by stabbing him in his sleep.
24th Jan '15 4:43:02 AM LordGro
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* EvilMakesYouMonstrous: After killing his father for Andvari's gold, Fafnir turns himself into a dragon that guards the treasure. While this appears to be a voluntary transformation, he never leaves his dragon form afterwards.

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* EvilMakesYouMonstrous: After killing murdering his father for Andvari's gold, Fafnir turns himself into a dragon that guards the treasure. While this appears to be a voluntary transformation, he never leaves his dragon form afterwards.
24th Jan '15 4:22:24 AM LordGro
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* EvilMakesYouMonstrous: After killing his father for Andvari's gold, Fafnir turns himself into a dragon that guards the treasure. While this appears to be a voluntary transformation, he never leaves his dragon form afterwards.
27th Dec '14 2:38:23 AM LordGro
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* DyingCurse: The prose comments in "Fáfnismál" remark that, after stabbing Fafnir to the heart, Sigurd initially conceals his name in his conversation with the dying monster because he fears Fafnir could lay a curse on him with his dying breath. But when Fafnir taunts him for this, Sigurd ''does'' tell him his name; only for Fafnir to make no use of this—instead, he warns Sigurd (truthfully) that the treasure is cursed and that Regin will betray him.
-->''It was the belief in those times that the words of dying persons were of great power, if they cursed an enemy by his name.''
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