8: Grimnismal Part 2 - Odin Reveals Wisdom about Valhalla and Yggdrasil, and Reveals His Many Names from the Poetic Edda of Norse Mythology


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In the dramatic finale to Grimnismal, Odin reveals some of his deepest wisdom of life and the world. Hear more about Valhalla, the hall of Odin, and Yggdrasil, the World Tree. Find out how the story from Episode 7 ends, and hear Odin reveal his true form.

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The Poetic Edda is the primary original source for the myths and legends of Norse Mythology. The Poetic Edda includes everything from the creation of the world to its destruction in Ragnarok, from the adventures of Thor to the wisdom of Odin. We are exploring these timeless stories to learn how the Norse people understood the world, and how we can apply their worldview to life today.

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Show Outline:

0:00:00 - Introduction and Recap of Grimnismal 10:04:54 - Stanza 22: Valgrind, a holy hall with holy doors0:17:34 - Stanza 23: Bilskirnir, hall of Thor, has many rooms0:24:48 - Stanza 24: The number of doors and warriors in Valhalla0:31:27 - Stanza 25: Heidrun the goat and the unlimited mead in Valhalla0:40:46 - Stanza 26: Eikthyrnir the stag and Hvergelmir0:54:36 - Stanza 27-28: The names of many rivers1:02:19 - Stanza 29: Thor wading rivers and Bifrost bridge burning1:09:24 - Stanza 30: Rivers the Gods ride over to Yggdrasil the World Tree1:14:27 - Stanza 31: Roots below Yggdrasil the World Tree, the known, unknown, and chaos1:32:28 - Stanza 32: Ratatosk carrying insults between the Eagle and Nidhogg1:43:52 - Stanza 33: The four deer knawing on Yggdrasil the World Tree1:49:18 - Stanza 34: The snakes beneath Yggdrasil the World Tree1:54:57 - Stanza 35: The pain that Yggdrasil the World Tree endures1:59:41 - Stanza 36: List of Valkyries2:08:52 - Stanza 37-39: The horses that pull the sun, the sun's shield, and the wolves that chase the sun.2:17:29 - Stanza 40-41: The formation of the world from the parts of Ymir2:24:47 - Stanza 42: The reward for Odin being taken down from the fire2:28:36 - Stanza 43-44: All the best things2:39:00 - Stanza 45: Odin reveals himself to Agnar2:45:45 - Stanza 46-48: The many names of Odin2:53:38 - Stanza 49-50: More names of Odin3:00:55 - Stanza 51-54: Odin reveals himself to Geirroth and sees Geirroth's death3:10:54 - Prose Outtro3:17:30 - Recap, conclusion, and acknowledgments

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