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9 Nights

9 Nights

The poem Hávamál explains that the originator of the runes was the major god Odin. Stanza 138 describes how Odin received the runes through self-sacrifice:

Veit ek at ek hekk vindga meiði a netr allar nío, geiri vndaþr ok gefinn Oðni, sialfr sialfom mer, a þeim meiþi, er mangi veit, hvers hann af rótom renn.   I know that I hung on a windy tree nine long nights, wounded with a spear, dedicated to Odin, myself to myself, on that tree of which no man knows from where its roots run.[20]
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  • When Odin sacrificed himself to himself, he hung upside down as the hanged man upon the gallows or Yggdrasil for nine days and nights. In return, he secured from the Well of Wyrd eighteen (twice nine) charms or runes.
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  • Every ninth year, people from all over Sweden assembled at the Temple at Uppsala. There was feasting for nine days and sacrifices of both men and male animals according to Adam of Bremen.
  • In Skírnismál, Freyr is obliged to wait nine nights to consummate his union with Gerd.
  • In the guise of Grímnir in the poem Grímnismál, Odin allows himself to be held by King Geirröd for eight days and nights and kills him on the ninth after revealing his true identity.
  • The god Hermod rode Sleipnir for nine nights on his quest to free Baldr from the underworld.
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numbers_in_Norse_mythology
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