Óttarr and the Memory Potion


  • Den Ældre Eddas Gudesange. Translated by Karl Gjellerup, Kjøbenhavn: P.G. Philipsens Forlag, 1895. Print.

Secondary Sources

  • Cleasby, Richard and Vigfússon Guðbrandur. An Icelandic-English Dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957. Print.
Gjellerup, Karl (da.)
b. 1857
d. 1919
Nationality: Danish
was a Danish poet and novelist who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1917.
Óttarr (Hyndluljóð) (non.)
Ottar (The Song of Hyndla) (en.)
Óttarr is the young man in the poem Hyndluljóð who askes Freyja to help him acquire knowledge about his ancestors. Freyja changes him into a boar named Hildissvini to disguise him when they consult the giantess Hyndla.
Frølich, Lorenz (da.)
b. 1820
d. 1908
Nationality: Danish
was a painter, illustrator and etcher.
Freyja (non.)
Freyja is a fertility goddess and one of the Vanir. She is the daughter of Njörðr and the twin sister of Freyr.
Hyndla (non.)
Hyndla is the giantess who Freyja consults in Hyndluljóð in order to find out about Óttarr´s genealogy.
EdduKvæði Poetic Edda This collection of eddic poems was compiled by an anonymous scholar in Iceland in the twelfth century. It was for a time mistakenly attributed to a scholar named Sæmundr hinn fróði (1056–1133) and thus was known as Sæmundar Edda.
Den Ældre Eddas Gudesange An edition of the Poetic Edda with illustrations by Lorenz Frølich.
Hildisvíni (non.)
Hildisvíni is the name of the boar that Freyja changes Óttarr into in order to disguise him when they go to consult the giantess Hyndla concerning Óttarr's genealogy.