Norse mythology, Hræsvelgr ( Old Norse "Corpse Swallower") is a giant who takes eagle form. According to stanza 37 of the poem from the Vafþrúðnismál , he sits at the end of the world (or the northern edge of the heavens) and causes the wind to blow when he beats his wings in flight. This is repeated by Poetic Edda Snorri in the section of his Gylfaginning . Prose Edda
Hræsvelgr's name is sometimes
anglicised as Hraesvelgr, Hresvelgr, Hraesveglur, or Hraesvelg. The common Danish form is Ræsvelg and the common Swedish form is Räsvelg.
In popular culture [ edit ]
In Pokemon X and Y, the Pokemon "Yveltal" likely draws inspiration from Hræsvelgr, as it has a bird-like body and is called the "Destruction Pokemon", similar to Hræsvelgr's name of "Corpse Swallower".
References [ edit ]
Further reading [ edit ]
Jón Hnefill Aðalsteinsson (1998). "Hræsvelgr, the Wind-Giant, Reinterpreted" in
A Piece of Horse Liver: Myth, Ritual and Folklore in Old Icelandic Sources. ISBN 978-9979-54-264-3.