the dictionary of norse mythology


HRAFNAGALDUR ODINS Odins Raven Chant An Old norse poem that was once considered part of the poetic edda but has long been left out of editions and translations of those poems. Hrafnagaldur Odins is preserved in several 17th-century manuscripts now in the royal libraries in Stockholm, norway, and Copen-hagen, denmark. Since the late 1800s when an expert declared it to be a forgery, Hrafnagaldur Odins has received little scholarly attention. Research by Old Norse experts working in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, however, has contradicted that much older opinion. Some modern experts now include this poem as part of the Poetic Edda. Hrafnagaldur Odins is proving to be a confusing poem for scholars to interpret and understand. Essentially, it tells the story of the gods' visit to the underworld and their questioning of a goddess who dwells there.

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