Heiðrún Standing on the Roof of Valhöll

Heiðrún Standing on the Roof of Valhöll

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Creatures: animals, birds, monsters etc.

Heiðrún (non.) Heidrun (en.) The goat who stands on the roof of Valhöll and eats the leaves of the tree Læraðr.

Mythological Places

Valhöll (non.) Valhalla (en.) - Óðinn´s hall where men who die in battle are taken to by the Valkyries.


Læraðr (non.) Laeradr (en.) The tree that grows on the roof of Valhöll whose leaves are eaten by the goat named Heiðrún.


geit (non.) goat (en.)
tré (non.) tree (en.)

Source Materials:

Nks 1867 4to (da.) A hand-copied paper manuscript from 1760 that was produced in north-eastern Iceland and contains a set of sixteen full page illustrations from Snorri's Edda, plus four other illustrations, all of which were created by Jakob Sigurðsson.
Prose Edda (is.) Snorri Sturluson's thirteenth-century prose work concerning Old Norse mythology and poetics.

Source Persons

Jakob Sigurðsson (is.) Jakob Sigurdsson (en.) b. 1727
d. 1779
Nationality: Icelandic
Jakob was a tenant farmer, poet, scribe, and illustrator, who created full-page Edda illustrations in hand-copied paper manuscripts in Iceland in the eighteenth century.
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.
Ólafur Brynjólfsson (is.) Brynjolfsson, Olafur (en.) b. 1713
d. 1765
Nationality: Icelandic
Occupation: priest
Residence: Kirkjubær (farm) in Hróarstúnga, Norður-Múlasýsla, Northern Iceland
The priest whose family fostered Jakob Sigurðsson.