Havamal - Words from the High One
be described as a sort of do-it-yourself Viking handbook for survival. Below is presented some extracts from the book.
"Look carefully round
doorways before you walk in; you never know when an enemy might be there:"
- "There is no
better load a man can carry than much common sense; no worse a load than too much drink."
"Never part with your weapons when out in the fields; you never know when you will need your spear."
- "Be a friend to your friend, match gift with gift; meet smiles with smiles, and lies with dissimulation."
- "No need to give too much to a man, a little can buy much thanks; with half a loaf and a tilted jug I often
won me a friend."
- "Confide in one, never in two; confide in three, and the whole world knows."
- "Praise no day until evening, no wife until buried, no sword until tested, no maid until bedded, no ice until
crossed, no ale until drunk."
- "The halt can ride, the handless can herd, the deaf can fight with spirit; a blind man is better than a corpse
on a pyre - a corpse is no good to anyone."
- "Wealth dies, kinsmen die, a man himself must likewise die; but word fame never dies, for him who achieves it