Hyrrokkin Riding to Baldr's Funeral

Primary Sources

  • Bartholin, Thomas. Antiquitatum danicarum de causis contemptae a Danis adhuc gentilibus mortis libri tres [Three books of Danish antiquities concerning the causes of the Danes’ contempt of death while they were still pagan]. Hafniae: Bockenhoffer, 1689. Print.

Research Resources

  • Cleasby, Richard and Vigfússon Guðbrandur. An Icelandic-English Dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957. Print.
  • Moltke, Erik. Jon Skonvig Og De Andre Runetegnere: Et Bidrag Til Runologiens Historie I Danmark Og Norge. Vol. 2.. Kønhavn: Munksgaard, 1956. Print.
  • Simek, Rudolf. Angela Hall . Dictionary of Northern Mythology. W Woodbridge: D. S. Brewer, 2007. Print.
Bartholin, Thomas (da.)
b. 1659
d. 1690
Nationality: Danish
Occupation: physician, mathematician, theologian
Bartholin was a physician, mathematician, theologian, and antiquarian scholar. He was the brother-in-law of Ole Worm, a.k.a. Olaus Wormianus, who was one of the founders of the study of Nordic antiquity.
Hyrrokkin (non.)
The giantess who was summoned to push Baldr's funeral ship off of the shore because the gods were not strong enough. She arrived riding on a wolf and using snakes for reigns.
Óðinn (non.)
Odin (en.)
The chief god of the Æsir is The Prose Edda. However, in Heimskringla he is a mortal who tricks the King of Sweden into believing that he is a god.
Baldr (non.)
Balder (en.)
The god who was killed by his brother Höðr.
Death of Baldr Myth The Death of Baldr is a myth concerning an accidental fratricide, which sometimes includes Loki as an instigator who dupes Baldr's brother, Höðr, into the act and actually guides his hand.
Antiquitatum danicarum de causis contemptae a Danis adhuc gentilibus mortis libri tres This book contains an illustration of “The Deluding of Gylfi” that is a mirror image of Verelius’ copperplate rendering of the illustration in U. It lacks the text within the illustration but does have Verelius’ asterisk indicating that the illustration should be inserted facing page 43.
Sleipnir (non.)
Óðinn´s eight-legged horse which Loki bore after mating with the Giant Builder's stallion Svaðilfari.
úlfr wolf