Völuspá‘ and tells the tale from the dawn of creation to the end of the world, of an oracle known as a volva, who saw it all, and her audience with Odin, the god of wisdom, poetry, death, magic and divination.
If you are a god of poetry, magic and divination
And a volva/seeress tempts you with ancient and future knowledge, you’d be sure to grant her an audience and see her. That’s just what Odin did.
How could he resist after the seeress flaunted that she was raised by giants.
It certainly seemed like she was a big deal.
The seeress related the creation myth of the Earth, and the appearance of Ymir, a primeval being, whom the gods, including Odin would make the Earth from. His body would become the Earth itself, his blood the oceans, and his brains the clouds. It seems that our friend Ymir (that we are walking all over) was a bit of an airhead.
And for that we should all be grateful- since essentially we live on them.
We humans often think we are a big deal
But just as a reminder of how small we really are in the grand scheme of things, we came after the gods, the giants, various other mythical beasts and the dwarves.
The seeress then goes on
To speak of Ragnarok – the end of the world – where all the gods meet their end. Including Odin.
That’s what you get Odin for your giant sized curiosity and being charmed by a volva!
But fear not!
After Ragnarok, a new world is born, more abundant then ever.
Thus the cycle continues.
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