Scandi lecture notes.docx - From April 9th Harbard is Odin in disguise Odin always disguises himself hides his identity even though he says he doesn\u2019t

Scandi lecture notes.docx - From April 9th Harbard is Odin...

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From April 9 th ? Harbard is Odin in disguise Odin always disguises himself, hides his identity even though he says he doesn’t in the poem Why doesn’t Thor just walk across the river? He waits rivers; that’s just something Thor does What did people do in order to cross the river, ice will melt and water will rise dramatically every spring Iceland, country without trees, so doesn’t have a lot of boats Helgi, first to convert to Christianity, every time he would cross water he would invoke Thor rather than Christ Thor – god associated with the crossing of water o A poem that makes fun of Thor Harbard’s song Odin vs Thor Harvardr “grey-beard” When Thor travels to the east, it is always to battle giants, but not really sure Setting: a long narrow fjord Genre: combination of flyting / mannjafnadr Flyting: one exchanges insults Mannjafnadr: one compares oneself to another with you appearing better Structure of Harbard’s song 1-14 introduction – identification 15-46 discussion – sequences of four stanzas 47-60 conclusion Thor’s mother is Earth, unlikely his mother is dead Hrungnir – the giant who got drunk and Thor fought him in a duel, Hrungnir died and Thor was victorious Stanza 15: mannjafnadr Mannjafnadr Is about martial deeds Not about sex Odin is doing something unexpected in stanza 16 And he doesn’t challenge Thor Stanza 18 Odin not bragging about expected martial deeds 15-18 irregular Every 4 stanza, input a challenge to Thor Thiazi – father of Skaldi, eyes of Thiazi – throws up to sky to create stars 20: unexpected response, not bragging about something really manly Odin also offends Thor, Odin says things Thor doesn’t expect, so Thor doesn’t come out too well
24: Odin is the god of aristocrats while Thor is the god of farmers (slave = thralls) and lower-positioned people Thor cannot really stretch over the water, in this case is very impotent (27) Their exploits: Thor (some known myths) Odin (unknown myths) Felled Hrungnir Slew Thiazi Was in the east battling giant women Protected the river (between god/s men and giants0 Battled berserk-women on Hlesy etc waged many battled had the choice of many a girl slept with seven sisters used love-spells on witches waged war was in the east having sex with a giantess etc. o Odin brags of things that are unexpected, not related in this context, so Thor loses the battle of words o Show great differences between the two gods o Seems to have internal antagonism o Odin = Norwegian, Thor = Icelander o Could be catalogue poem o Dialogue form All mythological eddic poems are somewhat strange, unusual, hard to understand Hymir’s song – content 1-3: Aesir are thirsty and force the giant Aegir to brew them drinks. Aegir’s condition: get me a gigantic cauldron 4-38: Thorr obtains Hymir’s. cauldron 7: Thorr leaves his goats at Egill’s 8-15 Reception at Hymir’s Hiding, Hymir’s stare, all but one kettle break, food

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