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Sunday, June 1, 2008

All Father Odin

My class did a play and since we've been studying Norse mythology, we did one about the Aesir gods. The Aesir gods are like Odin, Thor, Loki, and all that stuff. I don't know if you've heard of Odin or Loki, but surely you've heard of Thor. The Aesir is the city of the gods which is much more than just Odin, Thor and Loki. I got the parts of Odin and Petmyr because we did the play twice. Odin is the "all father god" (the main god). Although he is not the main person in the play. Here are my lines for Odin. Imagine me like in the picture, holding a fake spear, speaking in a low, powerful, loud voice:

The daylight ends and darkness deepens
The sun descends, his horses leaping
Lightly over Asgards peaks
Night stars sparkle cloak
With sleep covers all
Let each return royally to his high hall
To wearily wonder
To dream or to ponder.

Frigg, my wife, both dread and dear
Wend you well to Finsalir
Hemdall, sleepless sentry, watch
O'er Asgard from Valasgalf
Freya, goddess of love and sorrow
to Sessumir go until the morrow
Thor, my strong and stalwart son
Bid abed till dark be done.

And though we live in laughing light
The Norns know of a deadly night
Will one day deepen Asgard's heights
A twilight thrice forsaken
From which we'll not awaken...
But Aesir--
We still live in lights bright weaving
Sun gold gifts with grace receiving
Let not the night lead you astray
While with Aesir might you make your way.

Petmyr is an interesting character. Thor has to take three trials to win the woman of his dreams, Gana Hafta. Gana Hafta is a two headed giant, but Thor doesn't know. Loki tricked him by saying she was "twice" as lovely as any fair maiden. One of the trials he had was to pick up Utgard-Loki's (Gana Hafta's father) cat, named Petmyr! So i had to sit in the middle of the floor dressed in a really stupid cat costume while my friend, Nicolas, wearing a red and orange beard as Thor, and has to pretend that he can't pick me up. Here are my lines:


i don't know which one was more fun to play but i sure wish i had a cat picture i could show you!