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The Nine Jotun Mothers of Heimdallr – Norse mythology


The Nine Mothers of Heimdallr. In Norse mythology, the Nine Mothers of Heimdallr are nine sisters who gave birth to the god Heimdallr. The Nine Mothers of Heimdallr are attested in the Prose Edda, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson; in the poetry of skalds; and possibly also in a poem in the Poetic Edda, a book of poetry compiled in the 13th century, from earlier traditional material. Scholars have debated what being “born of nine mothers” implies and have sought to connect the notion to other European folk motifs. Scholars have theorised that Heimdallr’s Nine Mothers may be identical to the Nine Daughters of Ægir and Rán, who personify waves. In turn, Heimdallr would be born of the sea. A list of Heimdallr’s nine mothers occurs in the Völuspá hin skamma section of the eddic poem Hyndluljóð. These names otherwise appear in a variety of other sources, some of which appear to refer to separate figures who share a name. The Nine Mothers of Heimdallr are mentioned in two books of the Prose Edda; Gylfaginning and Skáldskaparmál. In Gylfaginning, Heimdallr is introduced in chapter 25, where the enthroned figure of High tells the disguised mythical king Gangleri details about the god. Among other details, High says that Heimdallr is the son of nine sisters and, as a reference, provides two lines of the (otherwise now lost) poem Heimdalargaldr, in which Heimdallr says that he was born of nine sisters: “Offspring of nine mothers am I, of nine sisters am I the son.” Please watch the video for more information on the Nine Mothers of Heimdallr or visit mythology explored by ANCIENT MYSTERY for videos on Odin, Thor, Jotun Giants and much more from the Norse myths and legends.

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