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Guden i trädet: Till tolkningen av Hávamál 138-145
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
2009 (Swedish)In: Arkiv för nordisk filologi, ISSN 0066-7668, ISSN 0066-7668, no 124, 31-52 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The paper proceeds from a much-debated passage in the Eddic poem Hávamál (138-145). The “ego” of the introductory stanzas — often assumed to be the god Odin — relates how he was hanging in a “windy tree” for nine nights without anything to eat or drink, whereupon he seems to enter into a state of luxuriance and primeval mediation. The following stanzas are apparently concerned with proper sacrificial conduct and the treatment of runes. The purpose of the current paper is to present a unified interpretation of the whole passage by exploring the close affinity between sacrifice and divination in Old Norse and Germanic societies. 

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Lund: Språk- och litteraturcentrum , 2009. no 124, 31-52 p.
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Hávamál, Old Norse religion, Odin, sacrifice, divination, runes
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History of Religions
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History of Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-32629OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-32629DiVA: diva2:281142
Available from: 2009-12-14 Created: 2009-12-14 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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