The Deluding of Gylfi

Primary Sources

  • Schefferus, Johannes. De Antiquis Verisque Regni Sueciae Insignibus Liber Singularis. Holmiae: Excudit Nicolaus Wankiif, 1678. Print.

Secondary Sources

  • Cleasby, Richard and Vigfússon Guðbrandur. An Icelandic-English Dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957. Print.
Schefferus, Johannes
b. 1621
d. 1679
Nationality: Swedish
Occupation: scholar, historian, runologist
Residence: Uppsala, Sweden
Schefferus was a professor Skytteanus of eloquence and government at Uppsala University.
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.