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Excersus LXXXVIII: Always Suttung There to Remind Me


Here is a nice summary of the Suttung episode and its delightful relation to the origin of poetry in the Norse tradition. What it leaves out, though, is the section from the Prose Edda where Odin, trying to hold the full amount of the Draught inside his body, accidentally let some leak out of his butt, and it is from this portion of the Kvasir Draught that all Bad Poetry comes.

Every time I hear a mad crowd grumbling in full lynch mode, I hear "Burn Sir Sagramore!" in the back of my head. It's from the old 1949 version of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (the one with Bing Crosby). I used to watch an old VHS tape of it rather often when I was in middle school, and for some reason it has clicked ever since as THE line that sums up The Funny in Mob Vengeance.

- Count Dolby von Luckner