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04:38 am - Random Havamal Quote
Cherish those near you, never be
The first to break with a friend:
Care eats him who can no longer
Open his heart to another.

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From:chronarchy
Date:October 31st, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC)
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Do you happen to know the stanza number on that? It would be good for a hospitality quote.
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From:uberrod
Date:October 31st, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
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By my calculation it is stanza 109. The website I use for these quotes isn't numbered, so I copied into a word document and numbered all the stanzas. 148 total stanzas.

The Havamal would lend itself well to the same kind of thing you did with the Jimmy Buffet oracle. You'll have to show me how you did that.
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From:chronarchy
Date:October 31st, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
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It's not difficult, really: it's just a random quote generator with some javascript.

The kicker with the Havamal would be the formatting: Getting it to show in poetic form might be more time-consuming than most are willing to do.

But it's an interesting project. I'm willing to give it a shot.
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From:uberrod
Date:October 31st, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
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That would be great!
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From:whereismypraire
Date:October 31st, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)

:)

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So, wha's Havamal?
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From:uberrod
Date:October 31st, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)

Re: :)

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Are you asking who's Havamal, as in whose translation I'm using? Or are you asking what is the Havamal? Or are you asking who the person Havamal is?
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From:whereismypraire
Date:October 31st, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)

*peer*

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Yes.
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From:uberrod
Date:October 31st, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)

Re: *peer*

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The Havamal translates as "Words of the High One" and is supposedly words of wisdom from Odin. The version I use is found here.

The Havamal has many social cautions, be wary of evil men, don't drink too much, don't mess with married women, etc. But it also relates how Odin hung from Yggdrasil for nine days and gained knowledge of the Runes.
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From:incendiary_dan
Date:October 31st, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)

A few of my favorites...

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No great thing needs | a man to give,
Oft little will purchase praise;
With half a loaf | and a half-filled cup
A friend full fast I made.

A measure of wisdom | each man shall have,
But never too much let him know;
The fairest lives | do those men live
Whose wisdom wide has grown.

Away from his arms | in the open field
A man should fare not a foot;
For never he knows | when the need for a spear
Shall arise on the distant road.

With a worse man speak not | three words in dispute,
Ill fares the better oft
When the worse man wields a sword.

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