Once upon a time there was an inspirational beverage known as the Mead of Poetry. This concoction conferred instant egghead status and poetic inspiration upon anyone who drank it. The Mead of Poetry was not brewed in a meadery, however. Its origins were far more…colorful.
It all started with the Æsir-Vanir War. You see, the ‘A’ Team of Norse gods included Odin, Frigg, Thor, Baldr and Tyr, otherwise known as the Æsir. The Vanir were a group of gods associated with wisdom, fertility and prophecy: Freyr, Freyja, Njordr, and possibly Heimdallr and Ullr.
A war broke out amongst the two groups, which eventually led the exchange of prisoners and therafter a truce. The Vanir were ultimately brought into the Æsir fold.
To seal the deal, all the gods spat into a pot. From this mixture of oral delight they created a wicked-smart god named Kvasir. The fellow was font of wisdom and knowledge, a champion at Jeopardy! and very popular at parties.
Kvasir was the Johnny Appleseed of knowledge, and traveled around educating folks. He had the misfortune to visit a pair of homicidal dwarves, Fjalar and Galar. They killed Kvasir and used his blood to make Poetic Mead. Yum…truly the nectar of the gods.
(Ancient Norse drinking song, Author Unknown)
~ S.G. Rogers
P.S. Rumor has it that Everclear is a descendant of the Mead of Poetry. Ask anyone who’s hoisted a few and they will tell you how smart they are.
When Dani was a teen, she had it all; a starring role in her own television series, a wonderful family, and her health. A few years later, everything has changed for the worse—and her time is running short. All she wants to do before she dies is to fall in love, but when she’s kidnapped and taken to Asgard of Norse mythology, she becomes enmeshed in a quarrel between immortals. Prince Rein lends a hand in her quest to return home, and she begins to think the handsome elf has captured her heart. After a magical artifact goes missing, however, he may be forced to marry another woman to avert a diplomatic catastrophe. To find the artifact and save the prince, Dani must undertake a dangerous quest involving ogres, dark fairies, and underworld criminals. Ultimately, however, she’ll have to defy Odin himself.
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9 thoughts on “Fun Facts About Norse Mythology – the Mead of Poetry”
You had me at mead! Tweeted and shared! Cheers!
You’re the best, Sharon!
Too funny! Love all the fun facts. 🙂
Thank you, Lorijo!
Are you sure you didn’t write that toast?
Er…it’s clearly marked ‘author unknown,’ Kathy. FWIW. *winks*
The toast is awesome!
Amazing what a little historical research will uncover, isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by. 🙂