Óðinn and Baugi Drilling into Hnitbjörg

Primary Sources

  • Reykjavik: Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum. SÁM 66. 1765. Handcopied paper manuscript.

Secondary Sources

  • Cleasby, Richard and Vigfússon Guðbrandur. An Icelandic-English Dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957. Print.
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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.
Bölverkr (non.)
Bolverk (en.)
One of Óðinn´s many names that are collectively known as Óðins heiti.
Baugi (non.)
Suttungr's brother, who hired Bölverkr, i.e., Óðinn in disguise, to work in place of the nine slaves that Óðinn had just killed. Óðinn agreed to work for Baugi in exchange for one sip of the Mead of Poetry.
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.
Hnitbjörg (non.)
Hnitbjorg (en.)
The mountain in which Suttungr hid the mead of poetry along with his daughter Gunnlöð to guard it.
SÁM 66 4to SAM 66 4to SAM 66 4to is also known as Melsted Edda.
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.
Rati (non.)
The name of the auger that the giant Bagi uses to drill into the mountain Hnitbjörg with.
nafar (non.)
auger (en.)