Helreginn

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Helreginn (Old Norse "Ruler over Hel" or "Hell-power") is a jötunn in Norse Mythology.

Name[edit]

The Old Norse name Helreginn has been translated as 'Ruler over Hel',[1] or 'Hel-power'.[2] Rudolf Simek comments that the name is unusual, reasoning that it is uncommon for a jötnur to be directly associated with "the underworld."[3]

Attestation[edit]

Helreginn is listed in the þulur section of Skáldskaparmál. Other than the name, no additional information about the figure is provided.[4]

See also[edit]

  • Hel, daughter of Loki, ruler over the location of the same name

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Simek 1996, p. 138.
  2. ^ Orchard 1997, p. 192.
  3. ^ Simek 1996, pp. 138–139.
  4. ^ Faulkes 1987, p. 157.

References[edit]

  • Faulkes, Anthony, trans. (1987). Edda (1995 ed.). Everyman. ISBN 0-460-87616-3.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Orchard, Andy (1997). Dictionary of Norse Myth and Legend. Cassell. ISBN 978-0-304-34520-5.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Simek, Rudolf (1996). Dictionary of Northern Mythology. D.S. Brewer. ISBN 978-0-85991-513-7.