Odin then looked for a place to stay for the night and came upon a Jotun named Baugi. Baugi, who was the brother of Suttung told Odin ( who gave his name as Bolverk ) that nine of his serfs had been killed and that he could not hope to find any laborers this late in the season. Bolverk offered to do the work of all nine men if he were given as his wages one drink of Suttung' s Mead of Poetry.** Baugi explained that he had nothing to do with the mead, and that his brother was very protective of it. Baugi did agree to go with Bolverk to try and obtain the mead if Bolverk could finish all of the work.
Bolverk did a fine job, and was able to finish all of the nine serfs duties. When winter came Bolverk asked for Baugi to keep his promise and bring him to Suttung to ask for a drink of the Mead of Poetry.The two traveled to Suttung' s mountain abode known as Hnitbjorg. When they came before Suttung however, he refused to bargain with Bolverk at all, and would not even give him a single drop.
Bolverk / Odin did not like being turned away and told Baugi that they would have to obtain the mead using trickery. From under his coat Bolverk pulled out the auger called Rati. From the outside of the mountain which encased Suttung' s fortress, Bolverk had Baugi bore a hole straight through the mountain. When Baugi told Bolverk that he was through Bolverk blew into the hole to see if it actually went through. When chips flew back into his face Bolverk knew that Baugi was trying to cheat him. Angry that Baugi had not bored all the way through the mountain, Bolverk grabbed him and told him to try again and finish the job this time. When Baugi was done Bolverk blew into the hole and this time the chips were blown straight through. Bolverk / Odin then turned himself into a snake and began to crawl through the hole. Baugi, who feared his brother more than Bolverk, grabbed the auger and tried to stab at the snake, but just missed the slithering serpent.
When the serpent crawled out of the hole it turned back into the form of a man . Bolverk/ Odin came upon the place where Gunnlod, Suttungs' s daughter, slept. Gunnlod was set there by her father to guard the Mead of Poetry. Bolverk placed a spell on her and slept with her for three nights, after which Gunnlod promised him a drink of mead for each night of pleasure. But Bolverk deceived her about how much he was actually going to consume with each drink. With his first drink he emptied all that was in the container called Odrorir. His second drink emptied the container Bodn, and his third drink finished off the contents of the vessel known as Son. When Bolverk / Odin had finished all of the Mead of poetry he turned himself into the form of an eagle and flew away as fast as he could. Unfortunately, it was not fast enough because Suttung spotted the eagle and surmised what had happened . Suttung took eagle form and flew after Odin / eagle at top speed.
When the Aesir saw Odin in the eagle shape approaching Asgard they put out crocks in the courtyard, and when Odin flew over the crocks he spat out the Mead of Poetry into them. In his haste to escape Suttung some of the mead missed its mark, but Odin did not mind. He decided that anyone who wanted the mead could have it. It is now known as the Poetasters share.
This story is a perfect example of the will of Odin and his abilities to use his great talents of deception and wisdom to obtain that which he wants. He deceives the serfs and is then able to fool Baugi, and find out where Suttung hides the Mead of Poetry. Then, finally, he deceives Gunnlod and steals the mead from the Jotuns and gives it to the Aesir. Odin at his deceptive best !
** Suttung obtained the Mead of Poetry from the Dwarves Fjalar, and Galar, as compensation for their killing of his parents. Fjalar and Galar made the mead out of wise Kvasir' s blood whom they killed .
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