-> I know a charm that can cure pain and sickness, and lift the grief from the heart of the grieving.\\
I know a charm that will heal with a touch.\\
I know a charm that will turn aside the weapons of an enemy.\\
I know another charm to free myself from all bonds and locks.\\
A fifth charm: I can catch an arrow in flight and take no harm from it.\\
A sixth: spells sent to hurt me will hurt only the sender.\\
A seventh charm I know: I can quench a fire simply by looking at it.\\
An eighth: if any man hates me, I can win his friendship.\\
A ninth: I can sing the wind to sleep and calm a storm for long enought to bring a ship to shore.\\
For a tenth charm, I learned to dispel witches, to spin them around in the skies so that they will never find their way back to their own doors again.\\
An eleventh: if I sing it when a battle rages it can take warriors through the tumult unscathed and unhurt, and bring them safely back to their hearths and their homes.\\
A twelfth charm I know: if I see a hanged man I can bring him down from the gallows to whisper to us all he remembers.\\
A thirteenth: if I sprinkle water on a child’s head, that child will not fall in battle.\\
A fourteenth: I know the names of all the gods. Every damned one of them.\\
A fifteenth: I had a dream of power, of glory, and of wisdom, and I can make people believe in my dreams.\\
A sixteenth charm I know: if I need love I can turn the mind and heart of any woman.\\
A seventeenth, that no woman I want will ever want another.\\
And I know an eighteenth charm, and that charm is the greatest of all, and that charm I can tell to no man, for a secret that no one knows but you is the most powerful secret there can ever be.
-->-- '''The Eighteen Charms of Odin, the Gallows God'''
-> There are more serpents beneth the World Tree than a fool would know.
-->-- The Song of the Masked One
-> Do you wish to know more?
-> Friends die, foes dies, and so you yourself shall die. But one thing I know that never dies: The memory of great deeds! Friends die, foes dies, and so you yourself shall die. But one thing I know that never dies: The judgement of a dead man.
-->-- '''Hávamál'''
-> Grim howls Gram roars from Gnipahellir\\
The fetter shall break\\
The wolf shall be free!\\
Much I know of ancient lore\\
Far ahead I see\\
To the Ragnarök of the victory Gods\\
Bitter fate of the gods\\
Brother shall strike brother and both fall\\
Sister's children their kinship rewoke\\
Hard is it in the world\\
An age of whoredom\\
Axeage, Swordage\\
An age splintered shields\\
A windage, The time of the wolves\\
Before the world comes crashing down\\
None shall spare another\\
The children of Mim are aroar\\
destiny like a fire rages under the lights of Gjallarhorn\\
Heimdall blows his mighty horn\\
Odin discusses with Mimir's head\\
Yggdrasil shakes, the erected ash, groans the old trunk\\
the giant is loose; all shake on Hel's way\\
Before he is swallowed by Surt's kin!\\
What of [=Æ=]sir? What of elves?\\
Jötunheimr groans, the Aesir are in council\\
The dwarves moan before their door of stone\\
wise ones of the mountain\\
Do you wish to know more?\\
Grim howls Gram roars from Gnipahellir\\
The fetter shall break\\
The wolf shall be free!\\
Rym comes from the east\\
On his arm is the shield, in anger the World Serpent turns\\
The snake whips the waves and the eagle screams, pecks the dead\\
Pale is the beak\\
and Naglfar is loose\\
The ship comes from the east\\
Over the ocean the [[DoomTroops Muspell horde]] shall come\\
And Loki is at the helm\\
The kin of beasts comes with the wolf\\
With them Byleist's brother follows\\
Surtr from south fares\\
The sword shines of the sun of the victory-Gods\\
The mountains trembles and giantess falls\\
Mankind walks the road to Hel and the heavens fall\\
A further woe falls upon Hlin\\
When Odin goes to face the wolf\\
And the slayers of Bjele goes against Surt\\
Then Friggs second sorrow shall come\\
Grim howls Gram roars from Gnipahellir\\
The fetter shall break\\
The wolf shall be free!\\
Then the victory-father's son comes,\\
The mighty Vidarr, to fight the beast of the field of the slain\\
Plunges his sword in the heart of Hvedrung 's son\\
The father is avenged\\
Now comes the son of Hlódyn, comes Odins's son, fiercest of warriors\\
To fight the serpent\\
In rage the protector of Midgard strikes the ensnarer of the earth\\
Dead men leaves their homes\\
But nine steps the son of Fjorgyn takes before he falls\\
Wounded by the serpent\\
Black turns the sun\\
The earth sinks in the sea\\
The stars falls from the sky\\
Flaming stars steam makes and fire burns\\
The heat plays high unto the heavens
-->-- '''Ragnarök'''

-> ''"The Norse myths [[GrimUpNorth are the myths of a chilly place]], with [[TheNightThatNeverEnds long, long winter nights]] and endless summer days, [[HadToBeSharp myths of a people]] who did [[JerkassGods not entirely trust or even like their gods, although they respected and feared them]]. As best we can tell, the gods of Asgard came from UsefulNotes/{{Germany}}, spread into Scandinavia, and then out into the parts of the world dominated [[HornyVikings by the Vikings]] -- into Orkney and UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}}, UsefulNotes/{{Ireland}} and the north of UsefulNotes/UnitedKingdom -- where the invaders left places named for Thor or Odin. In English, [[HitSoHardTheCalendarFeltIt the gods have left their names in our days of the week]]. You can find Tyr the one-handed (Odin's son), Odin, Thor, and Frigg, the queen of the gods, in respectively, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday... History and religion and myth combine, and we wonder and we imagine and we guess, like detectives reconstructing the details of a long-forgotten crime. There are so many Norse stories we do not have, so much we do not know. All we have are some myths that have come to us in the form of fokltales, in retellings, in poems, in prose. [[NewerThanTheyThink They were written down when Christianity had already displaced the worship of the Norse gods]], and some of the stories we have came to us because people were concerned that [[ForgottenTrope if the stories were not preserved, some of the kennings -- the usages of poets that referred to events in specific myths -- would become meaningless]]; Freya's tears for instance was a poetic way of saying "gold"...It is, perhaps, as if the only tales of the gods and demigods of [[Myth/GreekMythology Greece and Rome that had survived]] were of the deeds of Theseus and Hercules."''
-->-- '''Creator/NeilGaiman''', ''Norse Mythology'', Pages 12-14.