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The Norse Völur: Ancient Seeress Diviners

At the root of the Norse myth cycles are women called völva (singular) or völur (plural). These are priestess diviners or seeresses whose work was esteemed and depended on for a long time in the Norse lands by humans as well as gods. In one of the myth cycles Odin actually awakens a dead völva for a divination on the future of his son. She acquiesces, revealing to him the unhappy fate awaiting him in this regard. In fact the whole Norse myth cycle is based on a divination called the “völupsa,” meaning “song of the völva” or “prophecy of the seeress.” The word völva translates to “staff...

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