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Strip by: David Morgan-Mar
T-Rex: T-Rex presents The Periodic Table:
T-Rex: 23 VANADIUM
T-Rex: A ductile metal used in hard steel alloys. Named after Vanadis, an alias of the Norse goddess Freyja, as attested in Norri Sturluson's 13th century Edda, Skáldskaparmál.
T-Rex: It's a dialogue between Ægir and Bragi, on the nature of poetry.
Utahraptor: Freyja was also known as Hörn, attested in the Gylfaginning.
T-Rex: So Vanadium could just as easily have been called Hörnium!
T-Rex: I want to live in that universe!
The author writes:
Specifically, the Skáldskaparmál is a part of the Prose Edda, not the Poetic Edda.
It's important to make that distinction in chemistry.