Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Norse Gods Blogfest


In celebration of Siv's new release 'Secrets of the Ash Tree' 
Congratulations and Happy Birthday, Siv.


Kvasir 
Norse God of knowledge and Diplomacy

Not being terribly knowledgable on Norse mythology I decided to do a little research to help with my post for Siv Ottem's blogfest and this particular God caught my eye. I thought it was an appropriate choice for a writer.

Kvasir was said to have been born of the saliva of two groups of god,  Esir and Vanir. Extremely wise he travelled far and wide spreading his vast knowledge until the day he was killed by two dwarfs, Fjalar and Galar. They not only killed him but drained his blood and mixed it with honey, resulting in a coccotion known as the Mead of Poetry. Said to imbue the drinker with wisdom and the gift of poetry. The God Odin drank the mead to gain great knowledge, but he spilt a few drops, the source of all the bad poets and artists. He is said to have offered the mead to those he felt worthy - the source of all the great poets.


34 comments:

  1. I'm ashamed to say I no not a thing about Norse Gods, so following this blogfest I may learn something new.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Neither did I Yvonne so a little research was in order. Interesting subject though.

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  2. Very nice post and good pick. Kvasir is also one of the gods in my book. He helps Odin and Thor capture Loki.

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    1. Thanks, Siv. I am interested in learning more.

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  3. Only a few drops of bad poets and artists? Good thing he didn't dump the cup.

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    1. Indeed, that could have been a diaster!

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  4. Kvasir is fascinating and a sweet choice Suzanne!
    -Maurice Mitchell
    The Geek Twins

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  5. I think I need some of that...I'd love to be a good poet!

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    1. Haha, not sure you can buy it in the supermarket!

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  6. Hi, Suzanne,

    I like your choice.... Different. Siv has a part in her book which features this special mead.

    Congrats Siv!

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    1. I really must read the book, the subject seems fascinating.

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  7. I know odin thor and loki, but the rest, nope

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    1. Odin and Thor were about the extent of my knowledge - until this blogfest of course!

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  8. I do enjoy mythology so much! These tales are always so strange and very creative.

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    1. I have enjoyed learning something new.

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  9. Mythology is a way people from antiquity tried to explain their universe and their place in it. We do the same thing today with all the different theories of how we as people exist. I believe in Creationism, but others believe we evolved from amebas or aliens seeded our Earth.

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    1. It is so interesting learning about the meanings and where they originated from.

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  10. What an interesting myth! I'm only familiar with the greek muses- I've never heard of the Mead of Poetry. Great choice!

    And thanks for your comment today!

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    1. No I hadn't heard about it either until I did some digging into mythology.

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  11. Who said reading blogs isn't educational? Certainly not me!
    I remember learning about the main Norse gods at school (as well as the Roman and Greek ones) but I'd never heard of Kvasir!

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    1. It's always good to learn something new and you never know when it might come in handy for your own writing at some point.

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  12. This is a great choice and one I might have made if I hadn't chosen already. I'm loving learning on this blogfest!

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    1. Hi Shah, glad you liked my choice today.

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  13. it really says a lot that poetry is created from the blood of the person who saw so much and possessed so much wisdom. Kind of speaks to the idea that poetry and creativity are borne of brilliance and truth.

    Great choice!

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  14. I have actually learned quite a bit about Norse mythology today!

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  15. I never heard of this god. It's been fun reading about the different Norse gods on this blog hop!

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  16. I found another obscure goddess, Saga. She was also aligned with poetry and writing. Good Luck to Siv and Happy Birthday, too!

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  17. Kvasir, god of poets. I like that.

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  18. Hmm, so many Norse Gods end up murdered, or sacrificed. I liked this story.

    .........dhole

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  19. Haven't heard of Kvasir. Great info.

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  20. That's interesting. I love finding out about new myths, gods, creatures and such.

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  21. This is definitely a new one for me, but very interesting. And congratulations, Siv on your release! :)

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