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Scandinavian Mythology

Iceland: The Poetic Edda

13th century, Old Norse, Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, Reykjavik.

'I am the son of Odin,' called back Thor. 'Who are you?' 'My name is Harbard,' called Odin.

'Who is that midget over there?' called Thor.

'Who is this moron who wants to cross this fjord?' called back Odin.

'Ferry me across!' commanded Thor.

'Tell me your name first,' shouted Odin.

'I am the son of Odin,' called back Thor. 'Who are you?'

'My name is Harbard,' called Odin.

Story fragment retold from: Larrington, Carolyne, 1996. The Poetic Edda: a new translation by Carolyne Larrington. Oxford University Press. Harbard's Song, pp 69–77 in the non-illustrated edition.

See for yourself

Poetic Edda (Elder Edda) – Wikipedia

Elder Edda and Younger Edda – Project Gutenberg; free out-of-copyright editions, ebooks

Thor – Wikipedia

Odin – Wikipedia

The Eddas – translated into English : Northvegr.org


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