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Heimdall

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Heimdall Photos

Official Portrait
Commissioned by Odin for his portrait hall. I have absolutely no idea why I'm wearing a goat on my head. Official portraitists like the strangest things. [An illustration from Fredrik Sander's 1893 Swedish edition of the Poetic Edda. Reprinted with Erik Brate's 1913 translation which in turn is published by Project Runeberg http://runeberg.org/eddan/ from where the image is taken.]


With Freyja
Here I am returning Freyja's necklace, Brisingamen. She was so grateful to me for getting it back from that rascal, Loki. [Heimdall Returns the Necklace Brising to Freyja by Nils Blommér, 1846]


Family Picture Day
Here I am with my moms. Yes, I have nine of them. [The Elder or Poetic Edda; commonly known as Sæmund's Edda. Edited and translated with introduction and notes by Olive Bray. Illustrated by W.G. Collingwood (1908) Page 218.]


Horn Practice
Gotta keep my chops in shape for Ragnarok! [Doepler, Emil. ca. 1905. Walhall, die Götterwelt der Germanen. Martin Oldenbourg, Berlin. Page 54. Photographed and cropped by Haukurth.]


Story Time
Freyja and her daughter, Hnoss, came to visit one day, and I took a break from my guard duties to tell a story. [Originally from Colum, Padraic (1920). The Children of Odin. New York: The Macmillan Company. Illustrated by Pogany, Willy. ]


On Duty
I often meet the Valkyries at the border as they return to Asgard bearing slain Vikings for Odin's hall. P.S. Check me out. [Rydberg, Viktor. 1906. Teutonic Mythology Vol. II. Frontispiece. Digital reproduction obtained from the Internet Archive at http://ia360938.us.archive.org/2/items/teutonicmytholog00rydb/]


My Days as a Drifter
Here, I'm taking advantage of Great-grandmother and grandfather's hospitality—sorry, Gs. Later, my son Þræll was born to Great-grandmother. [The Elder or Poetic Edda; commonly known as Sæmund's Edda. Edited and translated with introduction and notes by Olive Bray. Illustrated by W.G. Collingwood (1908) Page 202]


A Meeting
Idunn, Loki, Bragi and I discuss the fate of the world. NBD. [Rydberg, Viktor. 1906. Teutonic Mythology Vol. I. Frontispiece. Digital reproduction obtained from the Internet Archive at http://ia331309.us.archive.org/3/items/teutonicmytholog01rydb/ 1906]


In the 18th Century…
…Middle-Earthlings believed I wore a winged hat! [Olafur Brynjufson, 1760. Image processing by Skadinaujo.]


In the 17th Century…
… Middle-Earthlings had me wearing pantaloons. [Picture from a 17th-century Icelandic manuscript, now in the care of the Árni Magnússon Institute in Iceland.]


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