The Wooing of Hilda

The Wooing of Hilda

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Laliberte, Camille (en.) b. 19th December 1998
Occupation: Research Assistant

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Artist Not Known Artist not known for this illustration in Children of Odin.

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

Heðinn (non.) Hetel (gmh.) Hettel (en.) King Heðinn abducted Hildr, who was the daughter of King Hǫgni.
Hildr (non.) Hilde (mhg.) Hild (en.) Hilda (non.) Hildr, the daughter of Hǫgni, was abducted by Heðinn. Hǫgni pursued them and caught up with them. However, Hildr wanted to stay with Heðinn and a battle ensued that is known as the eternal battle Hjaðningavíg. Hildr resurrected the slain every night with the intention that the battle would not end until Ragnarök.
Horant (gmh.) The minstrel who wooed Hildr on behalf of King Hettel in the the Middle High German epic poem Kudrun. Horant lured Hildr and her ladies down to the harbour where they were abducted by King Hettel's men.
Hǫgni (non.) Hagen (gmh.) King Hǫgni was the father of Hildr and became embroiled in a never-ending battle when he tried to rescue her after she was kidnapped.

Mythological Events

Hjaðningavíg (non.) The legend of Heðinn and Hǫgni (en.) The Saga of Hild (en.) In Skáldskaparmál and Ragnarsdrápa,the eternal battle Hjaðningavíg was set in motion by a pagan curse that ended at Ragnarök. However, according to the version in Sörla þáttr, the battle ended due to the coming of Christianity. The details of Hjaðningavíg are also documented in Gesta Danorum, Skíðaríma and Háttalykill inn forni.


Edwardian (en.)The Edwardian era began with the reign of King Edward VII, 1901 to 1910 (January 22, 1901 - 28 July, 1914). However, the era's end date is sometimes extended to the beginning of World War 1 (28 July 1914).

Source Materials:

Children of Odin (en.) Children's book by Ernest Edwin Speight published in 1901. The illustrations in MyNDIR are from the second edition that was published in 1903. Disambiguation: This book should not be confused with The Children of Odin by Padriac Colum published in 1920 that was illustrated by Willy Pogany.
Danmarks Kronike (da.) Gesta Danorum (la.) This edition of Saxo's Gesta Danorum was translated and published by Fr. Winkel Horn and illustrated by Louis Moe. Moe recycled some of his illustrations from Winkel Horn's edition of Noreges konge-sagaer.
Ragnarsdrápa (non.) Ragnar's Poem (en.) A skaldic poem that relates legendary and mythical events, i.e., Hamdir and Sorli's attack against King Jörmunrekkr; the never-ending battle known as Hjaðningavíg; Þórr's fishing trip to catch Miðgarðsormr; and Gefjon ploughing up a piece of Sweden and dragging it off to create the Danish island of Zealand.
Skáldskaparmál (non.) Skaldskaparmal (en.) The section of the Poetic Edda that discusses Norse mythology and poetical terms such as kennings and heiti.
Sörla þáttr (non.) Heðins saga ok HögnaSörla þáttr is a short post-pagan tale that was commited to velum in 14 century Iceland. It is a continuation of Óláfs saga Tryggvasonar en mestaextant in the Flateyjarbók manuscript, and is also known as Heðins saga ok Högna

Source Persons

Speight, Ernest Edwin (en.) b. 6 December 1871
d. 17 September 1949
Nationality: English
Occupation: Author, Professor of English
Residence: Yorkshire, England
Ernest Edwin Speight, better known as E. E. Speight, was an English professor who worked in India and Japan. He authored Children of Odin, as well as numerous English textbooks. He was awarded the Fifth Class of the Order of the Rising Sun by the Emperor of Japan for his services as a teacher.