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Influences of Pre-Christian Mythology and Christianity on Old Norse Poetry

A Narrative Study of Vafþrúðnismál

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The Eddic poem Vafþrúðnismál serves as a representation of early pagan beliefs or myths and as a myth itself; the poem performs both of these functions, acting as a poetic framework and functioning as sacred myth. In this study, the author looks closely at the journey of the Norse god Óðinn to the hall of the ancient and wise giant Vafþrúðnir, where Óðinn craftily engages his adversary in a life-or-death contest in knowledge.

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Andrew Edward McGillivray, University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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Audience: Mediävisten, Skandinavisten

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