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Hlidskjalf

In Objects by Skjalden

In Grímnismál, Freyr sneaks into Odin’s hall (Valaskjálf) and sits in his throne Hlidskjalf and looks out of the window over the nine realms. It is from here he sees the beautiful jötunn Gerd, and immediately falls in love with her.

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Hlidskjalf (Old Norse: Hliðskjálf) is one of Odin’s favorite spots, he is a very curious god, and watching people throughout the world is probably very interesting to him.

Odin has a deep hunger for more knowledge, and watching how the world interacts with each other, is likely to please him.

Sources: 

Jesse Byock (2005) Snorri Sturluson, The Prose Edda. 1st. edition. London, England: Penguin Books Ltd. ISBN-13 978-0-140-44755-2

Anthony Faulkes (1995) Snorri Sturluson, Edda. 3rd. edition. London, England: Everyman J. M. Dent. ISBN-13 978-0-4608-7616-2

Lee M. Hollander (1962) The Poetic Edda. 15th. edition. Texas, USA: University Research Institute of the University of Texas. ISBN 978-0-292-76499-6