The Deluding of Gylfi

The Deluding of

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Gods and Goddesses

Hárr (non.)
High (en.)
One of Óðinn´s many names that are collectively known as Óðins heiti.
Jafnhárr (non.)
Just-as-high (en.)
One of Óðinn´s many names that are collectively known as Óðins heiti. Jafnhárr means Just-as-High.
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.
Þriði (non.)
Third (en.)
One of Óðinn´s many names that are collectively known as Óðins heiti. Þriði means Third.

Historical Persons, i.e. from Heimskringla, Saxo, sagas etc.

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 where he decides to try and discover if Óðinn and his followers are men or gods.


Gylfaginning (non.)
Deluding of Gylfi (en.)
Part of the story that Snorri uses to frame one of the three sections of his Prose Edda. It is not a myth, but is an essential part of Snorri's attempt to use euhemerization as an explanation for the origin of the belief in pagan gods.

Mythological Persons

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. It is also one of the many names of Óðinn that are known as Óðins heiti.

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.
Prose Edda (is.)
Snorri Sturluson's thirteenth-century prose work concerning Old Norse mythology and poetics.

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.
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.