Unsurprisingly, the Norse gods were also portrayed as drinkers. Thor had a prestigious reputation as a drinker, as the story above showed. There are also several stories that portray the gods as sitting down to share a drink.
In another story, Thor is described as visiting the giant Hymir in order to get a cauldron big enough for the gods to brew beer for a big party. In another story, it is after Loki has had too much to drink that he starts to criticise all the gods, revealing some of the secrets. Odin was the god of drink, among his many attributes, and some descriptions of him say that he did not eat at all, and only drank. But the most famous story about the gods and drink is the story of the Mead of Poetry.
According to the legend, at the end of the war between the Aesir and Vanir gods, to make their truce both races of gods spat into a bowl. From the steam that arose from the mixing of this divine saliva emerged Kvasir, the wisest of all beings. Kvasir spent some time travelling the Norse worlds and sharing his wisdom.
Kvasir was killed by two dwarves, that wanted his blood. The dwarves, master craftsmen, were often seeking exotic ingredients to imbue their creations with magical properties. For example, the feather light chains that they created to contain the wolf Fenrir were made from several impossible ingredients. From Kvasir’s blood, the dwarves made the Mead of Poetry. It was said that just one sip would give someone complete mastery of the spoken word. They did not hold onto their ill-gotten gains for long. The mead was taken from them by the giant Suttungr, who placed it at the centre of a mountain under the protection of his daughter Gunnlod.
Odin, always covetous of knowledge, decided that he wanted the mead for himself. He travelled to the mountain, tricked his way in, and then seduced Gunnlod in order to gain the opportunity to drink all the mead. He then fled the mountain, chased by Suttungr in the form of a bird. During his flight, Odin let some of the mead fall onto the ground in the world of men. This then became the source of inspiration for mortal poets.