Hermóðr and the Gates of Hel

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.
Hermóðr (non.)
Hermod (en.)
The god who rode Sleipnir to Hel to try and obtain the release of Baldr.
Hel (non.)
A monstrous female being who is one of the three offspring of Loki and his mistress, the giantess Angrboða.
Baldr (non.)
Balder (en.)
The god who was killed by his brother Höðr.
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.
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
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.
Hermóðr´s Ride to Hel This episode is part of the Death of Baldr myth. Hermóðr rode Sleipnir to to Hel in order to try and obtain the release of Baldr.
Sleipnir (non.)
Óðinn´s eight-legged horse which Loki bore after mating with the Giant Builder's stallion Svaðilfari.
hestr horse