© 2015 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Walling of Asgard and the Birth of Sleipnir

The Walling of Asgard and the Birth of Sleipnir

 Table of Contents

The Walling of Asgard and the Birth of Sleipnir Photos

Building the Wall
According to this artist, the stone-mason himself, and not Svadilfari, is the one doing the heavy lifting. Svadilfari looks totally uninterested in the building project. [Illustration by Robert Engels, 1919.]


Loki and Svadilfari
See that pretty horse in the distance? That's Loki seducing Svadilfari in the form of a mare. The stone-mason tries to hold on to Svadilfari, but it's obvious that the horse is going to break free. [Illustration by Dorothy Hardy, published 1909.]


Sleipnir
That is a lot of legs. [Depiction on the Tjängvide image stone, Viking Age (700-1000 AD), from Gotland, Sweden.]


Odin and His Trusty Horse
Here's Odin riding Sleipnir. The horse's legs sure do look weird. [Illustration from an 18th century Icelandic manuscript.]


Statue of Sleipnir
This modern-day statue of Sleipnir stands in England. [Statue near Steve Field, Wednesbury, England.]


Odin Riding Sleipnir
Odin hightails it to Hel in this picture. [Illustration by W.G. Collingwood, 1908, from an edition of the Poetic Edda.]


People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement
Advertisement