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Elder Edda Chapter Summary & Analysis - The Song of Hyndla (Hynduliod) Summary

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The Song of Hyndla (Hynduliod) Summary

The poem is indirectly about Ottar the foolish although he does not speak and is only alluded to by the two speakers. A first speaker calls for Hyndla to wake up from her rock cave so that Hyndla may accompany the speaker to Valhall to ask Odin to be kindly to them. The speaker also wishes to sacrifice to Thor so the god will be kindly towards Hyndla, although Thor cares little for giant women. When Hyndla replies the reader learns that the speaker is Freyia. Hyndla says Freyia is deceitful for looking and speaking to her in that way. In truth Freyia is trying to escort her lover, Ottar, to Valhall. Freyia insists that Hyndla is confused: only her boar Battleswine stands on the path.

Freyia suggests they dismount and discuss the lineage of princes to determine who...

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