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Móðguðr (non.)
Modgud (en.)
A female being who guards the bridge Gjallarbrú that spans the river Gjöll which separates the land of the living from that of the dead. She allows Hermóðr to pass over the bridge on his journey to Hel to try and persuade Hel to release Baldr.

Creatures: animals, birds, monsters etc.

Sleipnir (non.)
Óðinn´s eight-legged horse which Loki bore after mating with the Giant Builder's stallion Svaðilfari.

Gods and Goddesses

Baldr (non.)
Balder (en.)
The god who was killed by his brother Höðr.
Hermóðr (non.)
Hermod (en.)
The god who rode Sleipnir to Hel to try and obtain the release of Baldr.


Creation Myth
A series of myths concerning the creation of the world, the origins of the gods, and the creation of humans.
Hermóðr´s Ride to Hel
A part of the Death of Baldr myth. Hermóðr rides Sleipnir to Hel in order to try and obtain the release of Baldr.

Mythological Events

Ragnarök (non.)
Ragnarok (en.)
The final great battle between the gods and the giants.

Mythological Places

Gjöll (non.)
Gjoll (en.)
The river that must be crossed on the journey to Hel. It has a female guardian named Móðguðr.
Hel (non.)
In the Prose Edda, Óðinn assigns Loki and Angrboða's daughter Hel to rule over a domain named Hel in Niflheim.

Source Materials:

Heroes of Asgard (1930 ed.) (en.)
The third illustrated edition of The Heroes of Asgard was published in 1930 and was illustrated by C. E. Brock.

Source Persons

Brock, Charles E. (en.)
b. 5 February 1870
d. 28 February 1938
Nationality: English
Occupation: painter, line artist and book illustrator
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.