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The Hárbarðslióð ( old north. Harbard song ) is a song of the gods of the Edda songs , which is divided into 60 verses. In contrast to other songs, it consists of only a few complete Ljóðaháttr and Fornyrðislag verses, which are interrupted by individual metric lines.


Das Hárbarðslióð tells how Thor in a beggar's robe reaches a bank after a trip east and calls there for the ferryman Hárbarðr (old north, gray beard ). This is the disguised Odin and refuses him the crossing. In the resulting argument, Hárbarðr mocks Thor and portrays him as a strong but stupid warrior who can do nothing better than fight against giants. The plot culminates in the sentence: "Odhin has the princes who fall in battle, / Thôr has the sex of the Thrale (servants)."

Individual evidence

  1. Hárbarðslióð , verse 6: "You stand barefoot in beggar's robe, / You don't even have pants on."
  2. ^ Hárbarðslióð , verse 24


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Wikisource: Hárbarðslióð  - Sources and full texts