Hyrrokkin Riding to Baldr's Funeral

Hyrrokkin Riding to Baldr's Funeral

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Giants and Giantesses

Hyrrokkin (non.)
The giantess who was summoned to push Baldr's funeral ship off of the shore because the gods were not strong enough. She arrived riding on a wolf and using snakes for reigns.

Gods and Goddesses

Baldr (non.)
Balder (en.)
The god who was killed by his brother Höðr.
Óðinn (non.)
Odin (en.)
The chief god of the Æsir in The Prose Edda. However, in Heimskringla he is a mortal who tricks the King of Sweden into believing that he is a god.


Death of Baldr Myth A myth concerning an accidental fratricide. It sometimes includes Loki as an instigator who dupes Baldr's brother, Höðr, into the act and actually guides his hand. In the Prose Edda, Snorri says that Höðr was blind.


úlfr (non.)
wolf (en.)

Source Materials:

Antiquitatum danicarum de causis contemptae a Danis adhuc gentilibus mortis libri tres (la.)
This book contains an illustration of “The Deluding of Gylfi” that is a mirror image of Verelius’ copperplate rendering of the illustration in U. It lacks the text within the illustration but does have Verelius’ asterisk indicating that the illustration should be inserted facing page 43.

Source Persons

Bartholin, Thomas (da.)
b. 20th October 1616
d. 4th December 1680
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.