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"Walhalla" (1905) by Emil Doepler

In Norse mythology, the einherjar (lone-fighters[1]) are warriors who have died in battle and are brought to Valhalla by valkyries.[2] In Valhalla, the einherjar eat meat from the boar called Sæhrímnir.[3] Every day he is boiled and every night he becomes whole again.[3] They drink mead provided by a goat named Heiðrún.[3] Every day they dress for battle and go out and fight each other.[4] This is to prepare for the events of Ragnarök (the end of the world).[5]

The einherjar are written about in the Prose Edda[6] by Snorri Sturluson. Also in the poem written in the 13th century Hákonarmál, by Eyvindr skáldaspillir.

References[change | change source]

  1. John Lindow, Norse Mythology: A Guide to Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2002), p. 104
  2. Kathleen N Daly; Marian Rengel, Norse Mythology A to Z (New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 2010), p. 111
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Paul Belloni Du Chaillu, The Viking Age (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1890), p. 427
  4. Collier's new Encyclopedia (New York: P.F. Collier, 1921), p. 154
  5. Charles Russell Coulter; Patricia Turner, Encyclopedia of Ancient Deities (New York; Oxford: Routledge, 2012), p. 164
  6. Ideology and Power in the Viking and Middle Ages, ed. Gro Steinsland (Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2011), p. 297