Thursday 31 January 2013

Havamal Snippets 24: Laughter is sometimes far from innocent

It's Wednesday (Woden/Odin's Day) which means that it's time for another verse from the Havamal 'Sayings of the High One - Odin'. The poem full of wisdom, both everyday and ethereal. (The poem can be found in full HERE:)
24. A foolish man
thinks all who on him smile
to be his friends;
he feels it not,
although they speak ill of him,
when he sits among the clever. 
Laughter is sometimes far from innocent.



  1. If the unwise man is sitting among unwise men does he notice if they express malice towards him?

    1. That's a good point. I think the logic of the verse is contigent on a binary/either-or element:

      'either you are wiser than someone else, or someone else is wiser than you.';

      so it follows that if you sit amongst unwise people then that automatically makes you the wise man, in which case you'd know if their laughs were malicious or not.