High, Just-as-High, and Third

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High, Just-As-High, and Third converse with Gangleri on an 18th-century Icelandic manuscript.

High, Just-as-High, and Third (Old Norse: Hárr [ˈhɑːrː], Jafnhárr [ˈjɑvnˌhɑːrː], and Þriði [ˈθriðe], respectively) are three men that respond to questions posed by Gangleri (described as king Gylfi in disguise) in the Prose Edda book Gylfaginning. The three figures sit upon thrones; High upon the lowest, Just-As-High on the mid-highest, and Third on the highest of the thrones.

It is stated in Chapter 20 of Gylfaginning (translation by Anthony Faulkes) that these names are pseudonyms employed by Odin:

[Odin] called himself various other names on his visit to King Geirrod:

"I call myself [...] Third, [...] High, [... and] Just-as-high"
— Snorri Sturlusson, Prose Edda[1]

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  1. ^ Anthony Faulkes, translation of: Snorri Sturluson. Edda. London: Everyman, 1995. ISBN 0-460-87616-3.