Móðguðr Guarding the Bridge

Primary Sources

  • Moe, Louis Maria Niels Peder Halling. Ragnarok: En Billeddigtning. København, A.F. Høst, 1929. Print.

Secondary Sources

  • Cleasby, Richard and Vigfússon Guðbrandur. An Icelandic-English Dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957. Print.
  • Simek, Rudolf. Angela Hall . Dictionary of Northern Mythology. W Woodbridge: D. S. Brewer, 2007. 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.
Frølich, Lorenz (da.)
b. 1820
d. 1908
Nationality: Danish
was a painter, illustrator and etcher.
Móðguðr (non.)
Modgud (en.)
Móðguðr is a female being who guards the bridge Gjallarbrú that spans the river Gjöll which separated the land of the living from that of the dead. She allows Hermóðr to pass over the bridge on his journey to Hel to try and persuade Hel to release Baldr.
Moe, Louis (no.)
b. 1857
d. 1945
Nationality: Norwegian/Danish.
Occupation: illustrator
Residence: Copenhagen
Moe was an illustrator who was born in Norway but became a Danish citizen in 1919.
Gjöll (non.)
Gjoll (en.)
Gjöll is the name of the river that must be crossed on the journey to Hel. It has a female guardian named Móðguðr.
Hel (place) (non.)
In the Prose Edda, Oðinn assigns Loki and Angrboða's daughter Hel to rule over a domain named Hel that is located in Niflheim.
Ragnarök (non.)
The final great battle between the gods and the giants.
Ragnarok: En Billeddigtning
Prose Edda Snorri Sturluson's thirteenth-century prose work concerning Old Norse mythology and poetics.
Gjallarbrú (non.)
Gjallarbrú is the name of the bridge over the river Gjöll that separates Hel from the land of the living. It is guarded by female being named Módguðr who allows Hermóðr to pass over when he goes to Hel to try and persuade Hel to release Baldr.