the dictionary of norse mythology


GIALAR GJALLAR Ringing Horn The trumpet horn of the god heimdall that sounded through-out the nine worlds. Heimdall sometimes left Gialar beside mimir's well. At ragnarok, the end of the world, the sound of Gialar would summon gods and men to battle. Gialar is usually pictured as a lur, the ancient bronze trumpet of scandinavia, dating back to about 1000 b.c. Lurs were made in pairs, twisting in opposite directions so that the two held side by side looked like the horns of a large animal. Some lurs have been excavated from the peat bogs of denmark and can still be played.

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