Völuspá by

Leifur Breidfjord, 2007. Stained glass. Dimensions: 1300 x 800 cm

Grand Hotel Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Iceland.  

Völuspá is the first and best known poem of the Poetic Edda, a collection of verse composed in Old Norse. It is considered one of the most important epigraphic sources for pre-Christian Norse cosmology. In this poem, the Völva (seeress) relates the beginning and ultimate end of the world to Odin. But Völuspá, like Beowulf, contains undeniably Christian elements, and scholars continue to debate how accurately the poem depicts authentic Norse beliefs before the incursion of Christianity.     

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