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(Norse Creature)VAFTHRUDNIR

Also known as VALTHRUDNIR

Vafthrudnir was a bit clever as far as Rime Giants go. He spent an age collecting knowledge and even died for a while so he could pick the brains of the dead. But not literally.

When Gangrad invited him to a battle of wisdom and knowledge there was no hesitation and it was neck-a-neck with questions about creation, geography, the past, present, future, how's, where's and why's all answered correctly. Vafthrudnir even knew all about Ragnarok and the fates of the gods. Then Gangrad hit him with a bolt from the blue...

"What did Odin whisper in Balders ear as he lay on his funeral pyer?"

Damn it! Only one person could answer this question ... Odin himself, and unfortunately for Vafthrudnir Gangrad was Odin himself, in scruffy beggar mode.

But, hats off to the old Frost Giant, he accepted defeat gracefully and willingly surrendered his head. Whether Odin took it or not is a mystery but i bet it would have looked wonderful alongside Mimir's. Two heads are better than one!

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'VAFTHRUDNIR' - Norse database entry - 19 Nov 2007
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