Glæsisvellir

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Glæsisvellir (meaning: glittering plains) was a location in Jotunheim in Norse mythology. It is mentioned in sources, such as Bósa saga ok Herrauds and Hervarar saga. [1]

Legend[edit]

In Glæsisvellir could be found a location called Odainsaker, or Údáinsakr(meaning: Deathless Acre). Everyone who went there became healthy and young, and so no one ever died in Odainsaker. The Eireks saga víðförla is about a man who searched for and found Údáinsakr.

In the Hervarar saga, it is the kingdom of Gudmund and his son Höfund. Gudmund was a friendly giant who was popular in later sagas.

In Gesta Danorum, Saxo Grammaticus makes a reference to Odainsaker as the place where the Scanian governor Fialler retired after having been attacked by the Danish king Wiglek:

Fiallerum Scaniae praefectum exsilio adegit, quem ad locum, cui Undensakre nomen est, nostris ignotum populis concessisse est fama.[2]

Fialler, the governor of Skaane, he drove into exile; and the tale is that Fialler retired to a spot called Undensakre, which is unknown to our peoples.[3]

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References[edit]

Other sources[edit]

  • Lindow, John (2002) Norse Mythology: A Guide to Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs (Oxford University Press) ISBN 978-0-19-515382-8
  • Simek, Rudolf (1993) Dictionary of Northern Mythology (D. S. Brewer) ISBN 0-85991-513-1
  • Orchard, Andy (1997) Dictionary of Norse Myth and Legend (Cassell) ISBN 978-0-304-34520-5

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