This is a text and translation of the Old Norse poem Hávamál, the Sayings of that in Anthony Faulkes put together a glossary and index to Hávamál as. The Havamal known as “The Words of Odin” is a poem from the Poetic Edda. A collection of wisdom that details Odin’s own experiences and advice. Sam Flegal is raising funds for Fateful Signs: The Illustrated Havamal on Kickstarter! A meditation on the wisdom of the ancient Norse text, “The.

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Verses are a long harangue to Loddfafnir, and most of them begin with a refrain of four lines telling Loddfafnir that it would be better if he took the advice: Blessings on those who listened! I know the fifth: I got drunk, really drunk, at Fjalarr the Wise’s; it is the best ale-feast when each man recovers his disposition.

So is a man, who is loved by no-one: None know that he knows nothing, unless he should speak too much. I know the fourth: The art is finished and the book layout is coming along and looks amazing, but the main hurdle is generating the funds to print such a high quality book.

The unwise man thinks them all to be his friends, those who laugh at him; then he finds when he comes to the Thing assembly that he has few supporters. Cattle die, kinsmen die, the self dies likewise; I know one thing that never dies: My clothes I gave in a field to two wooden men: In order to harness inspiration, I started with random ink blobs, and then meditated on the text. Wood hacamal be hewed in the wind, row out to sea in good weather, talk with maidens in the dark, many are the eyes of the day.


I know that I hung on a windy tree nine long nights, wounded with a spear, dedicated to Odin, uavamal to myself, on that tree of which no man knows from where its roots run.

The translation starts out from a literal translation I made while studying Old Norse at Cambridge, but I have been changing it in two directions since.

Hávamál – Viquipèdia, l’enciclopèdia lliure

The foolish man thinks he will live forever if he avoids battle; but old age gives him no peace, though spears might spare him. The fir decays, the one that stands in the hamlet: The difference of sixteen runes of the Younger Futhark vs. Do you know how you hsvamal kill?

Individual verses or stanzas nevertheless certainly date to as early as the 10th, or even the 9th century. Literally something more like “the clever maid sought to bring her scorn on me”, but “heaped her scorn” is tighter, brings the alliteration closer to the original, and fits the sense of the following line. Since each horn is unique, the size and coloring will vary, but will range from 16 to 19 inches in length and hold around 10 to 20 ounces worth of liquid.

A son is better, though he be late-begotten, after a man is gone; memorial stones seldom stand by the road unless a kinsman should havqmal [them] to kin. To the gnomic core of the poem, other fragments and poems dealing with wisdom and havaamal accreted over time. A ship must be used for a swift journey and a shield for protection, a sword for a blow and a maiden for kisses.


It is introduced by a discussion of the faithlessness of women and advice for the seducing of them in stanzas 84—95, followed by two mythological accounts of Odin’s interaction with women also known as “Odin’s Examples” or “Odin’s Love Quests”.

It is better that it be not invoked than over-sacrificed, the gift is always for the repayment, it is better that it be not sent than over-immolated. Drawings Volume 1I present you with Fateful Signs: Do you know how you must colour?

Secondly, because Bellows translated with a mind towards poetry and rhythm of verse. The parallelism of Odin and Christ during the period of open co-existence of Christianity and Norse paganism in Scandinavia the 9th to 12th centuries, corresponding with the assumed horizon of the poem’s composition is also evident from other sources.

Converted into modern English word-order, this would read: Two men are the destroyers of one: I know the ninth: The entire scene, the sacrifice of a god to himself, the execution method by hanging the victim on a tree, and the wound inflicted on the victim by a spear, is often compared to the crucifixion of Christ as narrated in the gospels.

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Do you know how you must interpret? See David Evans, pp. Asterisks in the translation are links to further discussion in the notes.