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Valhalla 3 - Odin's Wager, 1982

Drawn and narrated by Peter Madsen
Based on a story by Per Vadmand, Hans Rancke-Madsen,
Peter Madsen and Henning Kure
Colourist: Søren Håkansson
Produced by Henning Kure
Interpresse, 1982.

The Valkyries routinely transport dead viking warrior's souls to the halls of Valhalla on high. However, Odin, King of the Gods, is not satisfied with the standard of warriors he gets. He bets the Valkyries he can easily find three warriors who can do better than all the Valkyries' harvest put together. This, of course, turns out to be harder than expected. Odin keeps up his search while his two raving mad brothers, Vili and Ve, take the reins at Valhalla ...

Odin's Wager is loosely based on various bits and pieces from The Prose (Snorri's) Edda and Ynglinga Saga from Heimskringla about the way Odin's brothers, Vili and Ve, took over Odin's power as well as his wife while Odin was away. The fallen viking warriors' afterlife in Valhalla is introduced. So are the Valkyries and the Norns. And there's a short recounting of the myth about Thor and the ferry man from the "Lay of Harbarth" and the first part of the legend of Ragnar Lodbrók.

Odin's Wager has so far been published in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Faroese, Finnish, Dutch, German, French and Indonesian.

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