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Booth, Roy C. (American playwright, comic book store owner, educator, 1965-____), “Vafthrudnismal,”

a 12-minute Skaldic verse drama in English, translated and adapted from Old Norse by Roy C. Booth, set in Asgard, then the Giant Vafthrudnir's hall, night, ancient Norse mythological era,

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; • © 2004 by Roy C. Booth; • in Roy C. Booth’s Vafthrudnismal (Hibbing, Minnesota, U.S.A.: The Author, 2004) ; • script/rights available from Roy C. Booth, 3811 6th Avenue West, Hibbing, Minnesota 55746, U.S.A., e-mail roycbooth@hotmail.com, telephone (home/work) 218-262-4744. • Cited by Roy C. Booth via ftp February 14, 2004; Booth says,

§ Dramatis Personae Odin (m), King of the Norse gods; Vafthrudnir (m), a giant known for his wisdom; Frigga (f), Queen of the Norse gods.

§ Synopsis “Upon consulting the matter in his own hall with his wife, Frigga, Odin visits the Giant (Jötun) Vafthrudnir in disguise, for the purpose of testing and proving his knowledge. The two then try to stump the other with riddles based on the Cosmogony of the Northern creed, on the condition that whoever loses also loses his head! After a few heated rounds, a question that only Odin could answer stumps Vafthrudnir, who concedes the contest and his head to Odin.

§ Comment “Two scenes, little to no set, low complexity production.”

§ Themes challenge, Cosmogony of the Northern creed, Frigga, giant, Norse mythology, Odin, riddle, skald, Vafthrudnir.



See also Roy C. Booth's

  • "Alvissmal," a 10-minute Skaldic verse drama in English, translated and adapted from Old Norse by Roy C. Booth, set in outside Thrudheim, Thor's home in Asgard, night, ancient Norse mythological era, 2m
  • "Cafe a la Ionesco," a 32-minute absurdist farce in English, set in a fancy restaurant in Nymore, Minnesota, Tuesday evening, February 2, 1999, 3m1f
  • "Circe," a 5-minute dramatic dance piece in English, set at the gates of Mount Olympus, mythological Greece, 4f
  • "The Coat," a 20-minute drama in English, set in a Greek mountain outpost, late night, winter, 1940, 3m1f
  • "The Coldest Time of the Year," a 20-minute children's play in English, set in a forest in India, long ago, 3m
  • "The Confession," a 25-minute suspense drama in English, set in a small, isolated church, northern Minnesota woods, U.S.A., 1995, 2m
  • "Do You Think Dogs Think? Part I" a 10-minute postmodern comedy in English, set in a college office, today, 3m1f (+ extras)
  • "He Who Gets Laughed At Last," a 25-minute dark comedy in English, set the dressing room in a comedy club, 1996, 2m2f
  • "No Uncertain Terms," a 60-minute postmodern drama on comedy, translated by Roy C. Booth and Peter Birmanns from the German original, set in the headquarters of the Black and White Party, last week, 3m1f (+ extras)
  • "The Peasant and the Waterman," a 15-minute children's play in English, set in Old Russia, long ago, 3m1f
  • "Ratopolis," a 22-minute science fiction drama in English, set in American suburbia, 2045,1m1f (+ extras)

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