L’énigme d’inversion dans la littérature médiévale scandinave

Abstract : This article analyses the last riddle of Vafþrúðnismál and the Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks. In those two texts, Óðinn ends the verbal duel by asking his opponent what he whispered into the ear of his son before he was laid on the funeral pyre. This question, to which only the god knows the answer, is a neck-riddle. This riddle has traditionally been described as dishonest and unfair by researchers. Through an analysis of the genre of the neck riddle, the article offers a new understanding of these two texts and shows that there is no injustice but that this riddle has a precise function : demonstrating Óðinn’s almighty knowledge.
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Pierre-Brice Stahl. L’énigme d’inversion dans la littérature médiévale scandinave. Revue de l'histoire des religions, Armand Colin, 2016, 233, pp.329-342. ⟨hal-02265592⟩

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