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Odin had a pig - what was it called?
In the Sven Hassel book
"Liquidate Paris," after a drunken night out,
Sven, Porta and the gang become obsessed by the name
of Odin's pig. They asked all around, even going as
far as calling the Gestapo and asking them!
If you're an aficionado
of Sven Hassel, you'll know well what this questions
about. If you like war stories, and you haven't read
Sven Hassel, you really should. His novels combine an
emotional roller - coaster mix of sheer bloody gore
and horror with uproarious, rib - tickling humor. He
was a Dane who fought for the Germans in World War Two.
Whilst fictional, the stories are based on his actual
experiences. "Wheels of Terror," was made
into an excellent film with Oliver Reed and David Cassadine
providing brilliant performances as the General and
the Colonel respectively.
Odin was a Norse God. He
was the chief god in Norse pagan religion. Odin was
god of wisdom, war, battle and death. His father was
Bor, his mother Bestla.
Odin, being a very wise
man, kept a number of amazing animals. Along with his
strength, guile, and ability to see into far places
with his hidden eye, these animals made him the most
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His wolves, Gere and Freke were not much
of an asset. They ate all the food a normal mortal would
have eaten himself. In fact, Odin did not eat food, he
lived solely on wine.
However, his ravens, Hugin and Munin,
flew out every night and found out everything that had
happened in the world for Odin. His horse, Sleipner, had
eight legs and could run in the sky.
His pig was called Sarimner. Sarimner
was killed and boiled every night, and provided pork for
all of the warrior heroes at Odin's table in Valhalla.
Each morning, Sarimner was resurrected, ready to be eaten
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