Andlang

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In Norse mythology, Andlang (also Andlàngr or Öndlangr) is described as the second heavenly realm which stretches between the first, containing the halls of the gods, and the third, named Vídbláin.[1] It will serve as a shelter and dwelling place for the souls of the dead during and after the destruction of Ragnarök.

Holtsmark (1964) noted that the connection to andlegr himinn ("spiritual heaven") in the medieval Icelandic version of the Elucidarius was later converted to Snorri's Andlang, crediting Hjalmar Falk for this inspiration,[2][3] adding her own insight that the and- heading made the term readily associable with andi "spirit" (Norwegian: ånd) which was in a way synonymous "elves."[4] Rudolf Simek (1995) also explores a functional connection between Andlang and the Coelus Spiritualis (the "spiritual heaven" in the original Latin version of the [Elucidarius).[5]

Earlier attempts at interpretation include "long-" or "far-breathing" (Magnusen 1828), "endlessly long" (Eduard 1843) and "limitless aether" (Weidenbach 1851).[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Gylfaginning 17
  2. ^ "Falk har sikkert rett i at Andlangr er laget av andlegr himinn; det andre navnet er ikke så let å forstå, det tør også være laget for anledningen. Det er en anakronisme å tale om «verdensrommet», som Falk gjør" (Holtsmark 1964, p. 37)
  3. ^ Probably Falk, Hjalmar (1925), "Himmelsfaerene i vår gamle litteratur", Heidersskrift til Marius Hægstad fraa vener og læresveinar. 15. juli 1925 (Oslo): 34–38 
  4. ^ Holtsmark 1964, pp. 35-36 Sort of synonymous, she says (p.37), because in Nornagests þáttr Olaf Tryggvason thinks there might be a presence of an elf or spirit in the house: "einn álfr eða andi nǫkkurr kom inn í húsit".
  5. ^ Simek 1995, p. 21
  6. ^ Magnusen 1828, p. 234; Eduard 1843, p. 231; Weidenbach 1851, p. 52.

References[edit]

  • Lorenz, Gottfried (1984). Gylfaginning. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft. ISBN 3-534-09324-0. 
  • Simek, Rudolf (1995). Lexikon der germanischen Mythologie. Stuttgart: Alfred Kröner. ISBN 978-3-520-36803-4.