Hámundr

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Hámundr is a minor character in Norse mythology.

Hámundr is known for two roles. Firstly, he was the son of Sigmund and the brother of Sigurd, Helgi Hundingsbane and Sinfjötli. Secondly, he was the father of Haki and Hagbard, two legendary sea-kings. His son Hagbard fell in love with Signy, a relative of Sigmund's enemy Siggeir (see Hagbard and Signy).

Appearances[edit]

Hámundr makes only a cameo appearance in the Poetic Edda, figuring only in "Frá dauða Sinfjötla", where his family is discussed. According to this passage, he was the youngest of the three sons of Sigmund, "king over Frankland"; his oldest brother was Sinfjötli, and Helgi was the middle of the three.[1]

Hámundr's role in the Völsunga saga is similarly minimal, appearing only in the 26th chapter of only some modern editions. One translation includes him in a quote by Brynhildr, speaking of Haki and Hagbard as his sons. This reference, however, is not in the original, being supplied by the translator from the writings of Saxo Grammaticus.[2]

In Saxo's Gesta Danorum book 7, he is referred to as a petty king and as the father of Hagbard and Haki, and of two other sons who were killed early in the feud with Sigar, Helwin and Hamund (a namesake of his father's).[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hollander, Lee M., trans. The Poetic Edda. 2nd rev. ed., 10th paperback printing. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1962, p. 203.
  2. ^ Byock, Jesse L, trans. and ed. The Saga of the Volsungs: The Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer. Penguin Books American paperback edition. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990, p. 76, 119.
  3. ^ Book 7 of Gesta Danorum at Online Medieval and Classical Library