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    Animals in Yggdrasil

    An eagle sitteth on Yggdrasil's limbs,
    whose keen eyes widely ken;
    'twixt his eyes a fallow falcon is perched,
    called Vedhrfolnir, and watcheth.

    Ratatosk the squirrel is called which runneth ay
    about the ash Yggdrasil:
    the warning words of the watchful eagle
    he bears to Nidhogg beneath.

    Four harts also the highest shoots,
    ay gnaw from beneath:
    Dain and Dvalin, Duneyr and Dyrathror.

    More wyrms do lie the world-tree beneath
    than unwise apes may ween:
    Goin and Moin, which are Grafvitnir's sons,
    Grabak and Grafvolluth;
    Ofnir and Svafnir ay, I fear me,
    on that tree's twigs will batten.

    The ash Yggdrasil doth ill abide,
    more than to men to is known:
    the hart browsing above, its bole rotting,
    and Nidhogg gnawing beneath.

    Grimnismál
    Lík börn leika best.

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    Few questions....

    Harts- This one I am sure is deer

    Wyrms- As in earthworms?

    Unwise apes- Gorillas? Monkeys? Not sure of that at all.


    Goin and Moin, which are Grafvitnir's sons,
    Grabak and Grafvolluth;
    Ofnir and Svafnir ay, - Who are these guys?

    I don't mean to sound sarcastic, but can anybody help with exactly what is meant by these animals and how they fit into the Northern Myths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by othala
    Harts- This one I am sure is deer

    Wyrms- As in earthworms?

    Unwise apes- Gorillas? Monkeys? Not sure of that at all.


    Goin and Moin, which are Grafvitnir's sons,
    Grabak and Grafvolluth;
    Ofnir and Svafnir ay, - Who are these guys?
    Grafvitnir's sons. If you were to understand Old norse, you would find that their names translate to interesting things that give clues into the hidden wisdom contained within the nordic mythos.

    I don't mean to sound sarcastic, but can anybody help with exactly what is meant by these animals and how they fit into the Northern Myths.
    A Wyrm is a dragon. "Unwise apes" is a riddle. Think about it a while.

    I hope this can be of some help to you!

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