the dictionary of norse mythology


HARBARD Gray Beard One of the god odin's many names. In the Harbardsljoth, or Lay of Harbard, Harbard is a ferryman with one eye, a big hat, and a cape. He arrogantly refuses to take thor, who does not recognize him as Odin, across the water on his ferry. The two fling insults and taunts at each other, and in the end Thor has to find another way across. The Lay of Harbard appears in the codex regius and a part of it is in the Arnamagnean Codex. Both of these works are included in the poetic edda.

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