The Deluding of Gylfi

Primary Sources

  • Reykjavik: Icelandic National Library. ÍB 299 4to. 1764. Handcopied paper manuscript.

Secondary Sources

  • Cleasby, Richard and Vigfússon Guðbrandur. An Icelandic-English Dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957. Print.
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.
Jakob Sigurðsson (is.)
Jakob Sigurdsson (en.)
b. 1727
d. 1779
Nationality: Icelandic
Jokob was a tenant farmer, poet, scribe, and illustrator, who created full-page Eddaillustrations in hand-copied paper manuscripts in Iceland in the eighteenth century.
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.
ÍB 299 4to This is one of several manuscripts that features Jakob Sigurdsson's renderings of scenes from the Prose Edda along with a title page that is his own creation.
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.
Prose Edda Snorri Sturluson's thirteenth-century prose work concerning Old Norse mythology and poetics.
ÍB 299 4to This is one of several manuscripts that features Jakob Sigurdsson's renderings of scenes from the Prose Edda along with a title page that is his own creation.