the dictionary of norse mythology


MIMIR In one myth Mimir is a wise god sent by the aesir to the vanir after the war between the two races of gods see war between the aesir and the vanir. Along with Mimir went hoenir, who was rather slow witted. The Vanir were annoyed with Hoenir, and with the Aesir for having sent him, but did not dare harm him, for he was odin's brother. Instead they cut off Mimir's head and sent it to Odin. Odin used his magic to preserve the head, which from then on imparted its wisdom when Odin came to seek counsel of it.Another myth says that Odin sacrificed one of his eyes to Mimir, the guardian of the well of knowledge. Mimir granted Odin permission to drink from the well to gain wisdom and poetic inspiration.

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