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Resurrected to speak of the past, present and future, the undead vǫlva Heiðr speaks with Óðinn about her own past.


Vsp ch. 22


Heiði hana hétu, hvars til hús......

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In describing her own powers, Heiðr demonstrates that seið could be used for both positive (prophecy, spells) and negative effects (affecting minds).

It has been frequently suggested that Heiðr is an alternate name for the giantess Gullveig (who suffers being speared and burned but is reborn each time) mentioned in the previous stanza (21).

(Contributed by Douglas Robert Dutton.)


Main text: Vǫluspá

Attributes: Seiðr Vǫlva

Named things: Heiðr vǫlva Gullveig

Text sections: Vsp 22


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