the dictionary of norse mythology


HYNDLULJOTH HYNDLULJOD Lay of Hyn-dla A poem found in the poetic edda. This poem was included in an Icelandic manuscript compiled in the late 14th century, but it was most likely written down in the 12th century. Hyndluljoth contains many stories. One is of freya's visit to hyndla, who is apparently the bride of a giant, lives in a cave, and rides a wolf. It also presents information on the main aesir gods. Part of this poem is known as the Shorter Voluspa. Hyndluljoth, like the full Voluspa, perhaps the most important poem in the Poetic Edda, contains a question-and-answer session and tells a story of loki, the trickster god.

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