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The Dragon of the North: The Supernatural Nature of Knowledge in Vǫluspá

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The Dragon of the North: The Supernatural Nature of Knowledge in Vǫluspá By Elaine Machietto Master’s Thesis, University of Iceland, 2013 Abstract: This thesis is an exploration of the mythological poem Vǫluspá and the nature of knowledge within the world presented by the text. I will argue that knowledge is a supernatural force, and that the world will ultimately be destroyed as a result of its influence. The action of Vǫluspá revolves around the Æsir’s central domain, and throughout the course of the poem, that domain is invaded and infiltrated by supernatural forces in the shape of various types of knowledge, including awareness, prophecy, and fate. This knowledge is strongly connected to women and perceived as immoral, due to its origins outside the domain of the Æsir and the negative consequences it garners. Vǫluspá was shaped by myriad ancient traditions, Babylonian and Judeo-Christian prominent among them. These ideas can be seen in the traces of Mother Goddess …

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