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18.09.2019

Bragi

Bragi is the God of both poetry and music in Norse mythology, he is the son of the God Odin and the giantess Gunnlod. Bragi is very wise, and he is known for his wisdom he is very creative with words and he also has the most knowledge of poems and songs. His name Bragi means “Poet” and comes from the word “Bragr” which means “Poetry” the Vikings called their poets bragamen or bragawoman.

Bragi has a very long beard, and as strange as it sounds he has runes carved on his tongue. He is married to the beautiful Goddess of youth Iðunn, and they live together in Asgard. There have been many poets throughout the Viking age with the name Bragi, but the most famous one was Bragi Boddason who served several kings, including Ragnar Lodbrok. Bragi is recognized as the first skaldic poet, and he is certainly the earliest skaldic poet who is remembered by name whose verse survived in memory.

Bragi (pronounced “BRAG-ee;” Old Norse Bragi, “Poet”) is the wise and learned bard (Old Norse þulr, pronounced “THOOL-ur”) of Valhalla, the magnificent hall of the god Odin. Old Norse poetry from the Viking Age frequently features him regaling the einherjar, the dead who dwell in Valhalla, and welcoming recently deceased heroes into their midst.One Eddic poem depicts him as having runes carved on his tongue.

Bragi was originally the historical ninth-century bard Bragi Boddason. His poems were so outstandingly artful and moving that subsequent generations imagined that, upon his death, Odin had appointed him the court poet of Valhalla. After all, a troop of elite warriors, kings, and others favored by Odin needed an elite bard to sing of their countless exploits.

The Old Norse writers of the Christian Middle Ages took this a step further and portrayed Bragi as having been nothing less than a god of poetry. One such author even claimed that one of the Old Norse words for “poetry,” bragr, was derived from Bragi’s name. He was said to be the husband of the goddess Idun, whose fruits guarantee the continued immortality of the gods.

However, this seems to have been a misunderstanding on the part of such late authors, and there’s no evidence that Bragi was ever actually worshiped as a god while the pre-Christian Norse religion was still a living tradition.

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