Vafthrudnir asks the questions first and Gagnrad answers them so well that the Jotun tells him, " Guest you have proved your learning, take your place, come talk to me on the bench here in this hall. Let the losers head fall to the winners wisdom. Odin then asks Vafthrudnir a series of questions for which the Jotun has all the right answers. Odin, however, does not like to lose, especially in a contest of wisdom and knowledge, so he asks the Jotun a trick question as the last one. Gagnrad / Odin asks : " What words did Odin whisper to his son when Balder was place on the pyre ? " Vafthrudnir looked up at Gagnrad, and then realizes who his guest really is ! Vafthrudnir finally replies : " There is no one living who knows what words were the last you spoke to your son. Death was my witness when I told the doom that lies in wait for the world . All my lore is less than Odin's, your wisdom will always win ! "
In the Lay of Grimnir, Odin, as a lonely wanderer, sits around a fire speaking to Geirrod who is the king of the Goths. He tells Geirrod that Agnar, Geirrod' s son, will rule the Goths. He then tells Geirrod all about Valhalla and mentions all of the names that he is known by, " since I have wandered the world. "
Then the wanderer gets down to the real purpose of his visit to Geirrod's campfire. The mysterious guest looks up at Geirrod and says : " Too much ale Geirrod muddles your mind, trusted friends betray you, I can see the sword you carry, with its blade all wet with blood. Ygg will soon summon the slain, your life will not last much longer. The Norns do not smile on you now that you see that I am ODIN ! Come close to me if you can ! "
When King Geirrod heard that his visitor was Odin himself he stood up, and drew his sword, which he already had half drawn from its scabbard, and intended to : " take Odin away from the fire. " I can almost see Odin smiling as the sword slipped out of Geirrod's hands, and landed with the hilt down upon the ground. King Geirrod then stumbled as he tried to retrieve it, and fell upon the shining hard steel of his own sword. As his life ebbed away Odin vanished and only the fire remained. Agnar, Odin' s choice, became king of the Goths, in that land for many, many years.
Both of these tales tell of Odin's desire never to be denied what he wants. Whether it is knowledge, wisdom, or his choice of a king, makes no difference. Even those who think they have refused Odin do not understand his wisdom, or his way of thinking. Odin knows the circumstance, the person, and what is to come. If you think you have fooled the master, think again my friends, your final choice will always be the one he wanted.
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Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja' s love, and Thor' s protection !