the dictionary of norse mythology


GULLINBURSTI Golden Bristles The golden boar made by the dwarfs brokk and eiti from a pigskin and thousands of pieces of gold wire, and given to the god frey see treasures of the dwarfs. Frey could ride on the boar or hitch his wagon to it, and Gullinbursti would speed across the Earth, sky, or sea faster than any horse. Its golden rays shone like the Sun and made plants grow everywhere. With its tusks Gullinbursti raked the earth and showed men how to plow the land. Warriors wore the image of Frey's golden boar on helmets and shields as protection and good luck. Archaeologists found a seventh-century helmet topped by a boar in Benty Grange, in Derbyshire, England.

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