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During the movie when he first meets Korg we see Thor still grieving the loss of his father. He is on his knees when he begins to quote a specific poem about the brave entering Valhalla. It seemed to be a poem that he'd possibly grew up reciting. As he was quoting it Loki then appears. What did Thor actually say in the poem?

  • Yes it was something along the lines of what you said "where the brave live forever" – Ericallday Nov 22 '17 at 15:25
  • I couldn't hear it very well but the first word is "Odin" and I heard the word Valhalla in there, but I couldn't make out much else. Also of note is that Thor is on his knees and speaking in a hushed tone. It is almost certainly a prayer to Odin, probably similar to what JohnP provided. – J Doe Nov 23 '17 at 0:40
  • Okay, not an answer but I found something related, Stoic's Viking funeral in How To Train Your Dragon 2. It's very moving (if that's was your reason for wanting to know more), and you can take a look at the video if you like: – John Red Jul 1 '18 at 6:40
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Without having seen the movie, I suspect that the prayer Thor is reciting is one often attributed as a "Viking prayer for the dead" as follows:

Lo, There do I see my Father, and
Lo, there do I see my Mother, and
Lo, There do I see my Brothers and my Sisters and
Lo, There do I see my people back to the begining, and
Lo they do call to me, and
Bid me take my place among them in the halls of Valhalla,
Where the brave will live forever.

Or a similar version:

Lo, There do I see my Father
Lo, There do I see my Mother and
My Brothers and my Sisters
Lo, There do I see the line of my people back to the begining
Lo, They do call to me
They bid me take my place among them in the halls of Valhalla
Where thine enemies have been vanquished
Where the brave shall live Forever
Nor shall we mourn but rejoice for those that have died the glorious death

However, this was basically invented for the film The 13th Warrior, which was an adaption of the Crichton book "Eaters of the Dead". Here is the poem as it appears in the book:

Lo, I see here my father and mother.
Lo, now I see all my deceased relatives sitting.
Lo, there is my master, who is sitting in Paradise.
Paradise is so beautiful, so green.
With him are his men and boys.
He calls to me, so bring me to him.

Now, Eaters is based partially on a truthful account, and partially on Beowulf. The poem as recorded by Ahmad ibn Fadlan (Who did actually travel north) is:

Behold, I see my father and mother.
I see all my dead relatives seated.
I see my master seated in Paradise and Paradise is beautiful and green;
With him are men and boy servants.
He calls me.
Take me to him.

Additionally, this was not recited by a warrior, but by a slave girl before she was ritually executed following the death of her master. You can find a breakdown of this at this website with a few other links as well.

  • “Paradise is so beautiful, so green” — I knew the movie was actually a Thor/Hulk romantic comedy. – Paul D. Waite Nov 1 '18 at 10:12
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TLDR

  • JohnP deserves the credit...
  • It is a modified version of the Viking Prayer.

It sounds like a modified version of the Viking Prayer as @JohnP stated initially. Here is the actual dialogue from the movie.

THOR: Odin, I bid you take your place in the halls of Valhalla...
(then:)
Where the brave shall live forever. Nor shall we mourn but rejoice

THOR: (CONT’D) - for those that have died the glorious death.
LOKI (O.S.) - for those that have died the glorious death.

Ragnarok: Draft Script

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