the dictionary of norse mythology


VOLVA VALA A seeress or soothsayer a kind of magician, usually female, able to see into the future and remember from the past, and capable of giving advice to the living who call her up from the grave for consultations.In the myth of balder, odin goes to the under-world to consult the Volva to try to learn the reason for his son Balder's frightening dreams. Odin learns from the Volva that his son will die.In the svipdagsmal, Svipdag calls up the spirit of his mother, groa, to ask her advice in the wooing of the fair menglod.The goddess freya is associated with the Volvas, but no stories survive that describe her role as seeress.

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