, in Norse mythology
, son of Odin
, is the god of poetry
and eloquence. The verb 'to brag' is derived from from his name, and also, given that in the mythos poetry is considered to be an intoxicant of the gods, possibly also the verb 'to brew'. Bragi was the patron of poets, called skalds. He had runes
carved on his tongue. His wife was Idun
. He could inspire creativity in people by giving them some special mead
Bragi was probably based on a real person, the skald Bragi Boddason, from the 9th century. He was deified after his death.
In Lokasenna he was accused by Loki of avoiding battle; this may have to do with the fact that Bragi customarily is awaiting the slain in Valhalla in the wake of conflict.
A Bragarfull was a sacred cup over which people swore oaths, honored dead kings or kinsmen. Newly enthroned kings drank from a Bragarfull.