Breidablik

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In Norse mythology, Breiðablik[1] (Broad-gleaming) is the home of Baldr. It is briefly described in Snorri Sturluson's Gylfaginning as one of the halls of Asgard:

"Then there is also in that place the abode called Breidablik, and there is not in heaven a fairer dwelling."[2]

Later in the work, when Snorri describes Baldr, he gives a longer description, citing Grímnismál, though he does not name the poem:

"He dwells in the place called Breidablik, which is in heaven; in that place may nothing unclean be, even as is said here:
Breidablik 't is called, | where Baldr has
A hall made for himself:
In that land | where I know lie
Fewest baneful runes."[3]

Breiðablik is not otherwise mentioned in the Eddic sources.

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  1. ^ The name can be Anglicized as Breidablik, Breithablik or Breidhablik.
  2. ^ Gylfaginning XVII, Brodeur's translation.
  3. ^ Gylfaginning XXII, Brodeur's translation. The strophe is Grímnismál 12.

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