Cattle die and kinsmen die, thyself too soon must die, but one thing never, I ween, will die; fair fame of one who has earned.

–stanza 75, Hávamál

Hávamál (The Speech of the High One) is a poem found in the Edda. The poem itself in it's current form was likely written down in the 10th century. It's not clear if the poet collected a number of proverbs attributed to Odin and combinded it with Odin-lore or if the poem was orally transmitted through mouth to ear and changed structure and rythm over time. What is clear, is that the poem provides a insight to the religious belifes and mindset of the pagan vikings. It was belived that the content of the poem where qoutations from Odin himself.

In All Change, Ragnar qoutes the poem.


The first section of the poem deals with practical advises, common sense and some ethical instructions. The later part deals with how Odin found the runes and runic magic. The most famous stanzas, 75-76, is widely considered to sum up the viking-mindset: Live with honor and a good reputation because that's all that will be left of you on this earth when you die.