The Deluding of Gylfi

Primary Sources

  • Bartholin, Thomas. Antiquitatum danicarum de causis contemptae a Danis adhuc gentilibus mortis libri tres [Three books of Danish antiquities concerning the causes of the Danes’ contempt of death while they were still pagan]. Hafniae: Bockenhoffer, 1689. Print.

Secondary Sources

  • Cleasby, Richard and Vigfússon Guðbrandur. An Icelandic-English Dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957. Print.
Bartholin, Thomas (da.)
b. 1659
d. 1690
Nationality: Danish
Occupation: physician, mathematician, theologian
Bartholin was a physician, mathematician, theologian, and antiquarian scholar. He was the brother-in-law of Ole Worm, a.k.a. Olaus Wormianus, who was one of the founders of the study of Nordic antiquity.
Gylfi (non.)
A king in Ynglinga Saga, the first saga in Heimskringla, who promises Gefjon a ploughshare of land. He plays a much larger role in Snorri's Edda when he decides to try and discover if Óðinn and his followers are men or gods.
Gangleri (non.)
This is the name that King Gylfi used when he went to question Óðinn and the men who came with him from Asia to see if they were gods or sorcerers.
Óðinn (non.)
Odin (en.)
The chief god of the Æsir is The Prose Edda. However, in Heimskringla he is a mortal who tricks the King of Sweden into believing that he is a god.
Þriði (non.)
Third (en.)
This is one of Óðinn´s many names that are collectively known as Óðins heiti.
Jafnhárr (non.)
Just-as-high (en.)
This is one of Óðinn´s many names that are collectively known as Óðins heiti.
Hárr (non.)
High (en.)
This is one of Óðinn´s many names that are collectively known as Óðins heiti.
Snorri Sturluson (is.)
b. 1179
d. 1241
Nationality: Icelandic
Snorri was an Icelandic statesman, scholar, and author who is credited with writing Heimskringla, The Prose Edda, and possibly Egil's Saga.
Deluding of Gylfi This myth is part of the story that Snorri uses to frame one of the three sections of his Edda and is an essential part of his attempt to use euhemerization as an explanation for the origin of the belief in pagan gods.
Prose Edda Snorri Sturluson's thirteenth-century prose work concerning Old Norse mythology and poetics.