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Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Sources

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The kennings for Höðr, the blind god who unknowingly killed his own brother Baldr.


[excerpt from] Skm ch. 20b

20b. Haðarkenningar

Hvernig skal kenna Höð? Svá...

How shall Hod be referred to?...

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Skáldskaparmál, which is part of Snorra Edda, was composed in Iceland in the 13th century, and holds details of many of the Pre-Christian myths of northern Europe. It is believe to have been composed by the Icelander Snorri Sturlusson. Snorra Edda 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.


Höðr is one of the Æsir. He is the son of Óðinn, brother of Baldr and accused of Baldrs death. He is blind. Höðrs name means warrior or fighter and he is said to march to Ragnarök together with Baldr.

For more, see:

Ellis Davidson, H. R, (1990), Gods and Myths of Northern Europe. London: Penguin Books. pp. 29, 35, 82, 184-187

Simek, Rudolf (2007), Transl: Angela Hall. Dictionary of Northern Mythology. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer. pp. 155

Steinsland, Gro (2005), Norrøn Religion. Myter, Riter, Samfunn. Oslo: Pax Forlag. pp. 121-128, 171, 176, 210-218, 226.

(Contributed by Liv Marit Aurdal.)


Main text: Skáldskaparmál

Attributes: Death Shooting Arrow Arrow Blind

Named things:

Text sections: SnSt Skm 20bIII


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