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1917 Excerpt: ... THE DRAUGHT OF INSPIRATION. ODIN'S VISIT TO
GUNLOD. JOURNEY TO WAFTHRUDNIR. Kwasir, a man whom the Ases and
Wanes had created amongst them, and whom they had inspired with
their own spirit, was loved by gods and men for his wisdom and
goodness. He travelled trough all lands, teaching and benefiting
the people. Wherever he went he tamed down the wild passions of all
men, and taught them better and purer manners and customs. The evil
race of Dwarfs alone, they that burrowed in the earth in search of
treasures, cared nought for the love, although they envied the
wisdom of Kwasir. Fjalar and Galar, brothers of this people,
invited him one day to a feast, and then murdered him treacherously
with many wounds. They caught his blood in hree vessels, the kettle
Odrorir (inspiration), and the bowls Son (expiation) and Boden
(offering). They mixed rum-honey with it, and made it into mead,
which gave all who drank of it the gift of song and of eloquence
that won every heart. As the wicked deed of the Dwarfs had brought
them such good luck, they invited the rich giant Gilling and his
wife to visit them, and took the former out fishing with them. Then
they upset the boat in the surf under great over-hanging rocks, so
that Gilling was drowned, while they, being good swimmers, righted
the boat again, and rowed to land. When the giantess heard the sad
fate of her husband, she wept and moaned, and refused to be
comforted. The Dwarfs offered to take her to the rock on which the
body had been washed. But as she was leaving the house, Galar threw
a mill-stone from above down upon her head, so that she also was
killed. Now Suttung, son of the murdered giant's brother, heard of
the evil deed, and set out to avenge it. He seized the Dwarfs and
made ready to bind them to a solitar...
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