the dictionary of norse mythology


BOLTHUR BOLTHORN, BOLTURON Thorn of Evil The jotun father of bestla and a son whose name is unknown. Bestla married bor and bore him three sons, odin, vili, and ve. Thus Bolthur was Odin's grandfather.When Odin hanged himself from the World Tree, yggdrasil, to gain wisdom, he learned nine songs from the son of Bolthor, Odin's uncle see Lord of the Gallows, under odin. In Norse mythology and folklore there was often a close bond between a man and his maternal uncle, who sometimes acted as god-father or surrogate father.

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