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Mentions of Nanna in Gylfaginning.


Gylf ch. 32b


Forseti heitir sonur Baldurs ...

Forseti is the name of the so...

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Gylf ch. 49d

49d. Nanna

Þá var borið út á skipið lík ...

Then Baldr's body was carried...

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Gylfaginning, which is part of 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. Snorra Edda consists of three separate parts, Gylfaginning, Skaldskápamáland Háttatal, all functioning together as a greater work and guide for the aspiring medieval poet and storyteller.


According to Snorri, Nanna is Baldr´s wife and together they have the son Forseti. Not much is known beyond this. She is depicted as the grieving wife at the death of her husband in Gylfaginning and mentioned among the Ásynjur in Skáldskaparmál. Saxo however names Höðr as her husband, Baldr‘s brother who is the cause of his death.

For more, see:

Simek, Rudolf (2007), Transl: Angela Hall. Dictionary of Northern Mythology. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer. pp. 227

Steinsland, Gro (2005), Norrøn Religion. Myter, Riter, Samfunn. Oslo: Pax Forlag. pp. 208-218

(Contributed by Liv Marit Aurdal.)


Main text: Gylfaginning

Attributes: Sacrifice Ritual Burial Ship Funeral customs Death Fire Suttee Æsir Marriage

Named things:

Text sections: SnSt, Gylf ch. 49d SnSt, Gylf ch. 32b


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