The Norse Wisdom - Norse-Myth-AP

The Norse
There lies less good than most believe
In ale for mortal men.
A man knows nothing if he knows not
That wealth oft begets an ape.
A coward thinks he will live forever
If only he can shun warfare.
Tell one your thoughts, but beware of two.
All know what is known to three.
A silly man lies awake all night,
Thinking of many things.
When the morning comes he is worn with care,
And his trouble is just as it was.
Elder Edda
• Unlike Norse Religion, there are several
collections of wise sayings that do not reflect
upon heroism at all.
• Norse wisdom-literature gives a view of life.
• These writers, who seemed to have much age
and experience, have retired from the battle
field and now see things from a different
A paltry man and poor of mind
Is he who mocks at all things.
Brave men can live well anywhere.
A coward dreads all things.
I once was young and traveled alone.
I met another and thought myself rich.
Man is the joy of man.
Be a friend to your friend.
Give him laughter for laughter.
To a good friend’s house
The path is straight
Though he is far away.
No man has nothing but misery, let him be never so sick.
To this one his sons are a joy, and to that
His kin, to another his wealth.
And yet another the good he has done.
In a maiden’s words let no man place faith,
Nor in what a women says.
But I know men and women both.
Men’s mind are unstable toward women.
None so good that he has no faults,
None so wicked that he is worth naught.
Moderately wise each other should be,
Not overwise, for a wise man’s heart
Is seldom glad.
Cattle die and kindred die. We also die.
But I know one thing that never dies,
Judgment on each one dead.
The mind knows only
What lies near the heart.
• Along with their truly inspiring heroism, these
men of the Norse had delightful common
sense. Although the combination seems
impossible, the poems prove otherwise.
• We are connected to the Norse by race, our
culture goes back to the Greeks.
• Norse mythology gives a clear picture of what
the people were like form whom comes a
major part of our spiritual and intellectual

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