Hermóðr´s Ride to Hel

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    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.
    Hermóðr (non.)
    Hermod (en.)
    The god who rode Sleipnir to Hel to try and obtain the release of Baldr.
    Baldr (non.)
    Balder (en.)
    The god who was killed by his brother Höðr.
    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.
    Ólafur Brynjólfsson (is.)
    Brynjolfsson, Olafur (en.)
    b. 1713
    d. 1765
    Nationality: Icelandic
    Occupation: priest
    Residence: Kirkjubær (farm) in Hróarstúnga, Norður-Múlasýsla, Northern Iceland
    The priest whose family fostered Jakob Sigurðsson.
    Hermóðr´s ride to Hel Myth This scene is part of the Death of Baldr myth. Hermóðr uses Sleipir to ride to Hel in order to try and attaind the release of Baldr.
    Death of Baldr Myth The Death of Baldr is a myth concerning an accidental fratricide, which sometimes includes Loki as an instigator who dupes Baldr's brother, Höðr, into the act and actually guides his hand.
    Prose Edda Snorri Sturluson's thirteenth-century prose work concerning Old Norse mythology and poetics.
    Nks 1867 4to A hand-copied paper manuscript from 1760 that was produced in north-eastern Iceland and contains a set of sixteen full page illustrations from Snorri's Edda, plus four other illustrations, all of which were created by Jakob Sigurðsson.
    Sleipnir (non.)
    Óðinn´s eight-legged horse which Loki bore after mating with the Giant Builder's stallion Svaðilfari.
    hestr horse