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Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Sources

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After having tricked the horse Svadilfari, owned by the Jotun who was building the wall around Miðgarðr, Loki, in the shape of a mare, gives birth to the foal Sleipnir, the great horse with eight legs.


[excerpt from] Gylf ch. 42b

42b. Sleipnir is Born

Þá mælti Gangleri: "Hverr á þ...

Then spoke Gangleri: 'Whose i...

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Snorra Edda was composed in Iceland in the 13th century, and holds the stories of many of the Pre-Christian myths of northern Europe. It is believe to have been composed by the Icelander Snorri Sturlusson. It consists of three separate parts, Gylfaginning, Skaldskápamál and Háttatal, all functioning together as a greater work and guide for the aspiring medieval poet and storyteller.


(Contributed by Liv Marit Aurdal.)


Main text: Gylfaginning

Attributes: Horse Giants Birth

Named things: Freyja Óðinn Miðgarðr Mjǫllnir Sleipnir Þórr Loki

Text sections: SnSt Gylf 42bIII


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