Goddess Gunnlod  

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IN NORSE MYTHOLOGY, "GUNNLOD, "A GIANTRESS, WAS THE GODDESS OF POETRY. SHE WAS THE DAUGHTER OF SUTTUNG, FAMED FAR AND WIDE FOR THE LOVELINESS OF HER VOICE. SHE WAS ABLE TO SING WITH SUCH A POWER AND PASSION SHE MOVED HER LISTENERS TO TEARS.

SUTTUNG KEPT HER CAREFULLY HIDDEN FROM ALL BUT THEIR KINSFOLK FOR HE LOVED HER DEARLY; IT WAS A LOVE THAT WAS TINGED WITH A GREAT SENSE OF POSSESSIVENESS. HENCE, HE CHASED AWAY THOSE WHO CAME TO CALL ON HER IN THE HOPES OF WINNING HER HAND.

SO SUTTUNG SET HIS DAUGHTER TO GUARD THE PRECIOUS MEAD, THE BREW OF WHICH WAS CONTAINED IN THREE CAULDRONS HIDDEN IN THE DEPTHS OF THE EARTH. THIS REPRESENTED THE WOMB OF GUNNLOD. BUT SHE BETRAYED HIM WHEN ODIN SEDUCED HER FOR THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS EVENTUALLY STEALING THE MEAD...HER VIRGINITY.

GUNNLOD'S MEAD, OR WISE BLOOD, CONTAINED THE POWERS OF IMMORTALITY AND MAGICK AND TRANSFORMED ODIN INTO THE SUPREME GOD.

GUNNLOD SAT ME IN THE GOLDEN SEAT,POURED ME PRECIOUS MEAD:ILL REWARD SHE HAD FROM ME FOR THATFOR HER PROUD AND PASSIONATE HEART,HER BROODING FOREBODING SPIRITWHAT I WON FROM HER I HAVE WELL USED:

FOR HER PROUD AND PASSIONATE HEART,HER BROODING FOREBODING SPIRITWHAT I WON FROM HER I HAVE WELL USED:I HAVE WAXED IN WISDOM SINCE I CAME BACK,BRINGING TO ASGARD ODHROERIRTHE SACRED DRAUGHT. I HAVE WAXED IN WISDOM SINCE I CAME BACK,BRINGING TO ASGARD ODHROERIRTHE SACRED DRAUGHT.HARDLY WOULD I HAVE COME HOME ALIVEFROM THE GARTH OF THE GRIM TROLL,HAD GUNNLOD NOT HELPED ME, THE GOOD WOMAN,WHO WRAPPED HER ARMS AROUND ME.IT WOULD SEEM, FROM THIS VERSION OF THE TALE, THAT GUNNLOD HELPED ODIN WILLINGLY, AND THAT HE THOUGHT WELL OF HER IN RETURN.

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