After the war of the Æsir and Vanir, the two godly tribes sealed peace by spitting into a bowl and creating Kvasir from the mingled spittle. He was said to be the wisest of all beings.
Kvasir was murdered by two dwarven brothers: Fjalar (“hider”) and Galar (“chanter”). They then mixed, preserved and fermented Kvasirs’ blood into a powerful magical mead that inspired poets, shamans and magicians.
Odin now gives the mead of poetry: Odroerir (“”Stirrer of inspiration”") to the Aesir, to the Valkyries for reviving dead heroes upon their arrival in Valhalla, and to all who have the ability to compose poetic verse.