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Mentions of Nanna in Skaldskáparmál.


Skm ch. 1b


Þá gengu æsir at gildi sínu, ...

Then the æsir instituted thei...

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Skm ch. 12b

12b. Nanna

Hvernig skal kenna Baldr? Svá...

How shall Baldr be referred ...

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Skm ch. 27b

27b. Frigg

Hvernig skal kenna Frigg? S...

How shall Frigg be referred t...

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Skáldskaparmál, 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: Skáldskaparmál

Attributes: Goddess Æsir Marriage

Named things:

Text sections: SnSt, Skm ch. 12b SnSt, Skm ch. 1b SnSt, Skm ch. 27b


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