His wisdom was a great help to the Gods as well. When Loki went into hiding, after his role in the killing of Balder was found out, he hid himself on the top of a tall mountain. Loki built there a house for himself with four doors so he could see out in all directions. During the day, however, Loki would often times change himself into the shape of a salmon, and hide himself in the waterfall that is known as Franang. The trickster tinkered with what sort of a device the Aesir would use to capture him in his fish shape. One day while sitting in front of a fire he took some linen and twisted it into meshes and wove them into the very first net. When Loki realized that the Aesir were closing in on him he burned the net in his fire.
The first of the Aesir to enter Loki' s house was Kvasir the Wise. When he spied in the fire the white ash to which the net had burned, he instantly understood that this was an invention to catch fish. Following Kvasir' s instructions, the Aesir made a similar net and took it down to the river . After several failed attempts at catching Loki in his salmon form, Kvasir' s ingenuity allowed them to catch the elusive Loki - fish. Loki was then taken into a cave where he was bound to three flat stones, and tied with his own son' s entrails.
Once when Kvasir was traveling he came upon a feast that was being held by some Dwarfs. Two Dwarfs, Fjalar and Galar, called him inside for a word in private and killed him. They then let his blood run into two crocks and a kettle. The kettle was called Odrorir, and the crocks were known as Son and Bodn . They mixed his blood with honey and it became the mead which makes whoever drinks it a poet or a wise scholar. The Dwarfs then lied to the Aesir, and told them that Kvasir had choked himself on all his learning because there was no one well informed enough to compete with him in knowledge.
Now you would probably think that with his death the story would end. With every ending, however, there is a new beginning.
The Dwarfs Fjalar, and Galar invited a Giant and his wife to their home. The Dwarfs asked this Giant, who' s name was Gilling, to go out rowing on the ocean with them. Gilling thinking it a good idea agreed to go. When they were far from shore the Dwarfs rowed onto a rock and rocked the boat until it capsized. Gilling flailed around in the waves, but he could not swim and soon slipped beneath the surface and drowned. The Dwarfs, however, flipped their boat back over and then rowed for shore.
When they told Gilling' s wife about the "accident" she was so overcome with grief that she wept aloud continuously. Fjalar, wishing to cease her wailing, asked if she would be calmer in her mind if she faced out to sea in the direction that her husband drowned. She agreed that this was a good idea. Fjalar then turned to his brother Galar, and told him to climb up above the doorway as she left, and drop a millstone on her head. Galar did as he was told and climbed to the top of the doorway. As Gilling' s wife walked through the doorway he dropped the millstone on the Giantess' head killing her.
Gilling had a son whose name was Suttung, and when he heard of the treachery that these Dwarfs had done to his parents, he quickly traveled to their home to confront them. Seizing them he took them out into the sea and placed them on a skerry which would soon be covered by the incoming tide. The Dwarfs begged Suttung to spare their lives, and offered Suttung as compensation for his parents all of the mead of poetry. Suttung accepted the mead, and took it home with him and hid the mead in a place called Hnitbjorg, and put his daughter Gunnlod in charge of guarding it.
The story continues from there that Odin tricks Baugi, Suttung's kinsman, into helping him bore through the mountain and into the chamber where the mead is hidden. Odin sleeps with Gunnlod and steals the mead flying back to Asgard in eagle form, while being chased by Suttung who had also changed into eagle form. Odin then spits it out into vats that are placed inside Asgard and they kill the eagle / Suttung. For a more detailed description of Odin' s role in this story go to my article : Odin : The will of the Master, 2/25/2013 in my archives, to see how Odin reaquired the mead.
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja' s love, and Thor's protection !