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Told by the Northmen

Stories from the Eddas and Sagas

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Published: 1908
Language: English
Wordcount: 56,671 / 161 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.7
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 1,285
Added to site: 2009.07.31
mnybks.net#: 24849
Origin: gutenberg.org
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CHAPTER II

How All-Father Odin Became Wise

These are the tales which the Northmen tell concerning the wisdom of All-Father Odin.

On the highest hill of Asgard, upon a great chair, sat All-Father Odin, watching from thence all that was happening on and above and under the earth.

The Father of Asas and of men had long grey locks and thick curling beard, and he wore a great blue coat flecked with grey like unto the sky when the fleecy clouds scud across it.

In his hand he carried a spear, so sacred that, if anyone swore an oath upon its point, that oath could never be broken.

On his head he wore, when sitting upon his watch-tower throne, a helmet shaped like an eagle; but when he wandered, as he loved to do, about the earth, he wore a large broad-brimmed hat drawn low over his forehead.

Perched on his broad shoulders sat two inky-black ravens, Hugin and Munin, whom every morning he sent to wing their flight abo

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