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Kvasir In Norse mythology, a poet-god known for his wisdom. His blood, when mixed with honey by Suttung, a giant, formed the mead that gave wisdom and poetic inspiration to those who drank it. Kvasir was born of the saliva of two rival groups of gods, the AEsir and the Vanir, when they performed the ancient peace ritual of spitting into a common vessel. Two dwarfs, Fjalar and Galar, who were weary of academics and learning, killed Kvasir and distilled his blood in Odhrorir, the magic caldron. The story of Kvasir's murder is told in the Braga Radur ("Conversations of Bragi").

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Date:Jan 1, 1995
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