Freyja Riding on Óttarr

Freyja Riding on Óttarr

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Creatures: animals, birds, monsters etc.

Hildisvíni (non.)
The name of the boar that Freyja changes Óttarr into in order to disguise him when they go to consult the giantess Hyndla concerning Óttarr's genealogy.

Giants and Giantesses

Hyndla (non.)
Hyndla is the giantess who Freyja consults in Hyndluljóð in order to find out about Óttarr´s genealogy.

Gods and Goddesses

Freyja (non.)
A fertility goddess and one of the Vanir. She is the daughter of Njörðr and the twin sister of Freyr.

Mythological Persons

Óttarr (Hyndluljóð) (non.)
Ottar (The Song of Hyndla) (en.)
The young man in the poem Hyndluljóð who askes Freyja to help him acquire knowledge about his ancestors. Freyja changes him into a boar named Hildissvini to disguise him when they consult the giantess Hyndla.


villisvín (non.)
boar (en.)

Source Materials:

Hyndluljóð (non.)
Song of Hyndla (en.)
This Eddaic poem is not part of the Codex Regius manuscript and is found only in the late 14th century Flateyjarbók manuscript.
Ældre Eddas Gudesange (da.)
An edition of the Poetic Edda with illustrations by Lorenz Frølich.

Source Persons

Frølich, Lorenz (da.)
b. 1820
d. 1908
Nationality: Danish
Frolich was a painter, illustrator and etcher.
Gjellerup, Karl (da.)
b. 2nd June 1857
d. 13th October 1919
Nationality: Danish
Gellurup was a Danish poet and novelist who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1917.