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Durham University

Department of English Studies


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Publication details for Professor John McKinnell

McKinnell, J. (2001). ‘On Heiðr’. Saga-Book 25(4): 394-417.

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This article considers the enigmatic figure of Heiðr in the Old Norse mythological poem 'Völuspá' and concludes that she is the narrator of the poem, that her name means 'heath', and that she is not the same figure as Gullveig 'the gold lady' (i.e. the goddess Freyja), but rather a sorceress who works spells for her.

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