"Hermod´s Return With the Dwarfs"

"Hermod´s Return With the Dwarfs"

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Kvasir (non.)
In the Prose Edda, the gods create Kvasir from the spittle collected in pot as a token of peace at the end of the wars between the Æsir and the Vanir. In Skáldskaparmál, the dwarves, Fjalarr and Galarr, murder Kvasir and collect his blood and mix it with honey to make the Mead of Poetry. In Heimskringla, Kvasir is a Vanir who is held hostage by the Æsir during their wars with the Vanir.

Giants and Giantesses

Suttungr (non.)
Suttung (en.)
The giant who hid the mead of poetry in a mountain named Hnitbjörg and set his daughter Gunnlöð to guard it.

Gods and Goddesses

Frigg (non.)
The wife of Óðinn and the mother of Baldr.
Hermóðr (non.)
Hermod (en.)
The god who rode Sleipnir to Hel to try and obtain the release of Baldr.
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.


Mead of Poetry Myth
This myth begins at the end of the war between the two groups of gods known as the Æsir and the Vanir. These two groups seal their peace by exchanging hostages and also by spitting into a bowl. The spittle is made into a wise being named Kvasir. Kvasir is eventually murdered by the dwarves Fjalarr and Gjalarr who mix his blood with honey to make mead. The mead makes anyone who drinks it into a poet. The two dwarves later murder the giant Surttungr and his wife and then are forced to give the mead to Surttungr's son as compensation. Surttungr hides the mead in the mountain Hnitbjorg with his daughter Gunnlöð to guard it. Óðinn finds a way to get into the mountain and steals the mead.


Victorian (en.)
The Victorian era began with the reign of Queen Victoria and ended with her death (June 20, 1837 – January 22, 1901).

Source Materials:

Heroes of Asgard (1857 ed.) (en.)
The first edition of The Heroes of Asgard was published in 1857 and was illustrated by Charles Altamont Doyle.

Source Persons

Doyle, Charles Altamont (en.)
b. March 25, 1832
d. October 19, 1893
Nationality: English
Occupation: civil servant, illustrator and watercolourist
Keary, Annie (en.)
b. 3rd March 1825
d. 3rd March 1879
Nationality: English
Occupation: Novelist, poet, and childrens book writer.
Anna Maria Keary, known as Annie Keary, was an English novelist, poet, and children's writer. Her sister Eliza Keary collaborated with her in writing “The Heroes of Asgard” that was first published in 1857 and many times thereafter.