Suttungr Pursuing Óðinn

Primary Sources

  • Copenhagen: Det Kongelige Bibliotek. NKS 1867 4to. 1760. Handcopied paper manuscript.

Secondary Sources

  • Cleasby, Richard and Vigfússon Guðbrandur. An Icelandic-English Dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957. Print.
  • Helgason, Jón. Handritaspjall. Reykjavik: Mál og Menning, 1958. Print.
  • Sigurðsson, Gísli. The Last Manuscript Home? The Manuscripts of Iceland. Gísli Sigurdsson and Vésteinn Ólason . Reykjavik: Árni Magnússon Institute in Iceland, 2004. 179 - 186. Print.
Jakob Sigurðsson (is.)
Jakob Sigurdsson (en.)
b. 1727
d. 1779
Nationality: Icelandic
Jokob was a tenant farmer, poet, scribe, and illustrator, who created full-page Eddaillustrations in hand-copied paper manuscripts in Iceland in the eighteenth century.
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.
Suttungr (non.)
Suttung (en.)
The giant who hid the mead of poetry in a mountain named Hnitbjörg with his daughter Gunnlöð to guard it.
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.
Mead of Poetry Myth The mead of poetry myth begins at the end of the war between the two groups of gods known as the Æsir and the Vanir. The two groups of gods sealed their peace by exchanging hostages and also be 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 a poet who drinks it. The two dwarfs 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.
Prose Edda Snorri Sturluson's thirteenth-century prose work concerning Old Norse mythology and poetics.
Nks 1867 4to 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.
skáldskapar mjaðar (non.)
mead of poetry (en.)
The mead of poetry was created by the dwarfs Falar and Galar from the blood of Kvasir.
örn (non.)
eagle (en.)
mjöðr (non.)
mead (en.)