Cunning Intelligence in Norse Myth: Loki, Óðinn, and the Limits of Sovereignty

  title={Cunning Intelligence in Norse Myth: Loki, {\'O}ðinn, and the Limits of Sovereignty},
  author={Kevin J. Wanner},
  journal={History of Religions},
  pages={211 - 246}
ç 2009 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved. 0018-2710/2009/4803-0002$10.00 A leading theme in studies of ancient Greece has long been the revolution in thought of logos against muthos , of the challenge posed by, in terms first attested in and perhaps set by Plato (427/8–348/7 BC), a philosophical discourse of the abstract, atemporal, and universal, suited to accounts of the realm of being, to a poetic discourse of the concrete, historical, and particular, suited to exploring the… 

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Outspoken verses) persuades a king to rectify his behavior, avoid rebellion, and earn his nickname "the good": see Snorri Sturluson, Magnúss saga ins góda 16

    On the "Succession Myth," see discussions in ibid., 18, 37; and Hesiod

    • Myth: Its Meaning and Functions in Ancient and Other Cultures
    • 1970

    De Vries understands ódr to refer to "mental faculties of a higher order, such as poetic genius, ecstasy" (Problem of Loki, 29; here citing his Contributions to the Study of Othin

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    Om Loki endnu engang

      Âat mun ae lifa nema öld farisk, bragni<n>ga lof, eda bili heimar" (Snorri Sturluson

      • Háttatal
      • 1991

      Völuspá 62-63

        For önd translated as "breath," see de Vries, Problem of Loki, 29; on its identity as an animating principle, see Poetic Edda

          Baldr's death constitutes the mythical model for the king's death" (Balders død er en projeksjon av kongenes død og dermed i siste hånd en projeksjon av de skjebnemessige forhold som styrer verden

          • Gro Steinsland has argued that Baldr himself ought to be regarded as the major symbol in Norse myth of kings' fated transience
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