Hyndluljóð

Hyndluljóð (Old Norse: 'The Lay of Hyndla')[1] is an Old Norse poem often considered a part of the Poetic Edda. It is preserved in its entirety only in Flateyjarbók but some stanzas are also quoted in the Prose Edda where they are said to come from Völuspá hin skamma.

"Freyja awakes Hyndla" (1908) by W. G. Collingwood.
"The Ancestry of Ottar" (1908) by W. G. Collingwood.

In the poem, the goddess Freyja meets the völva Hyndla and they ride together towards Valhalla. Freyja rides on her boar Hildisvíni and Hyndla on a wolf. Their mission is to find out the pedigree of Óttarr so that he can touch his inheritance, and the lay consists mostly of Hyndla reciting a number of names from Óttarr's ancestry. The poem may be a twelfth-century work, through Bellows believed the material of which the poem was compounded must have been older.

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BibliographyEdit

  • Orchard, Andy (1997). Dictionary of Norse Myth and Legend. Cassell. ISBN 978-0-304-34520-5.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

English translationsEdit

Old Norse editionsEdit

  1. ^ Orchard 1997, p. 95.