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Thirty-one days, thirty-one chilling tales to scare you all of the approach to Halloween. On every day prime as much as All Hallows' Eve, you'll be brought to a daunting poltergeist. [i]A Haunted October[i] presents a month's worthy of terrifying stories that'll hang-out you for years to come.
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Neither Bragi nor the sibyl (or her poet) has any interest in the political manoeuvrings necessary to break the equilibrium. We must turn as always to Snorri, and not to his mythological scholarship – 25 F R O M A S G A R D T O VA L H A L L A Gylfaginning, in which he recounts creation myths – but to his great historical compilation, Heimskringla, to find out what happens next. The name Heimskringla is taken from the first two words of this lengthy thirteenth-century history of the Norwegian kings.
The god Odin is described as Alfö r, ‘the father of all’, and as Valfö r – ‘the father of the slaughtered’. These two names reflect his position at the head of the Old Norse pantheon, and also his dual role as god of war, and of the dead. But in the beginning, Odin is not the chief of all the gods, but only of one tribe of them, the Æsir, for the Norse gods also reflect human society in that there are even, it seems, two separate races: the Æsir and the Vanir. Several Old Norse sources mention – in tantalizingly incomplete or allusive detail – the ‘first war in the world’, between the Æsir and the Vanir.
Nine mighty spells I learnt from the famous son of Bölthor, Bestla’s father, and I got a drink of the precious mead, poured from Odrœrir. We learn from these extraordinary verses that Odin has accessed the wisdom of the underworld, of the dead, and to do this he made an Odinic sacrifice of himself, hanged and pierced with a spear. He learns too, painfully and drainingly, either the secret of writing in runes, or the magic associated with them. From his ancestors the giants he learns powerful spells, and he gets to drink the mead of poetry.