Hermóðr´s Ride to Hel

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.
Hermóðr (non.)
Hermod (en.)
The god who rode Sleipnir to Hel to try and obtain the release of Baldr.
Baldr (non.)
Balder (en.)
The god who was killed by his brother Höðr.
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.
Hel (non.)
A monstrous female being who is one of the three offspring of Loki and his mistress, the giantess Angrboða.
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.
SÁM 66 4to SAM 66 4to SAM 66 4to is also known as Melsted Edda.
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.
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.
Prose Edda Snorri Sturluson's thirteenth-century prose work concerning Old Norse mythology and poetics.
Sleipnir (non.)
Óðinn´s eight-legged horse which Loki bore after mating with the Giant Builder's stallion Svaðilfari.
hestr (non.)
horse (en.)