Óðinn and Baugi Drilling into Hnitbjörg

Óðinn and Baugi Drilling into Hnitbjörg

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Rati (non.)
The auger that the giant Bagi uses to drill into the mountain Hnitbjörg.

Giants and Giantesses

Baugi (non.)
Suttungr's brother, who hired Bölverkr, i.e., Óðinn in disguise, to work in place of the nine slaves that Óðinn had just killed. Óðinn agreed to work for Baugi in exchange for one sip of the Mead of Poetry.

Gods and Goddesses

Bölverkr (non.)
Bolverk (en.)
One of Óðinn´s many names that are collectively known as Óðins heiti.
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.

Mythological Places

Hnitbjörg (non.)
Hnitbjorg (en.)
The mountain in which Suttungr hid the mead of poetry with his daughter Gunnlöð to guard it.


nafar (non.)
auger (en.)

Source Materials:

Prose Edda (is.)
Snorri Sturluson's thirteenth-century prose work concerning Old Norse mythology and poetics.
SÁM 66 4to (is.)
SAM 66 4to (en.)
SAM 66 4to is also known as Melsted Edda.

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.