Heimdallr The Guardian Of Bifrost In Norse Mythology 2017-04-08T14:46:47+00:00

Heimdall: The guardian of bifrost

Heimdall (old Norse “Heimdallr”) is a tall and handsome man with teeth made of gold, for this reason Heimdall has got the nickname “Gold Tooth”. Heimdall is the guardian of the rainbow bridge Bifrost which is the only way into Asgard (the home of the Gods) and connecting it with Midgard (the home of man) in Norse mythology. Heimdall is the son of Odin the all-father and he most have had a bizarre birth, because he has nine mothers, and they are all sisters and are associated with the nine waves.

Heimdall has amazing abilities

Heimdall has been described as being “the whitest of the Gods” or “the bright” and he has some truly amazing abilities that makes him the obvious candidate to stand guard at the rainbow bridge Bifrost. Heimdall does not need much sleep, infact he sleeps less than a bird and he also has keen eyesight and he can see equally good night and day for hundreds of kilometers, in fact his sight is so good that he can even see the grass grow. He also possesses superhuman hearing abilities and can hear the wool grow on the back of a sheep.

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“Heimdall at the rainbow bridge Bifrost” by Carl Emil Doepler (1905)

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“Heimdallr” by Lorenz Frølich (1895)

Heimdall lives next to Bifrost in a place called Himinbjörg, when he is not busy protecting Bifrost from enemies he is able to ride around on his horse which name is Gulltopp, “Guld top” this is a very special horse and one of a kind because it is made of gold. Heimdall is also known to have wandered among mankind for that reason he has many names associated with with him, and he is also referred to as Rig, Hallinskiði, Gullintanni, and Vindlér or Vindhlér.

Heimdall has a powerful horn

When Heimdall stands guard at the rainbow bridge he has his trustworthy sword at his side “Hofund” to protect him from any unwelcome guests. Should he need any assistance of the other Gods and Goddesses he has a horn named Gjallarhorn “the yelling horn” or “the loud sounding horn”.

This horn is primary for the use at Ragnarök, the end of the world. The sound from the horn is so loud that it can be heard, loud and clear throughout all of the nine worlds in norse mythology. Heimdall will be using this horn at ragnarök when he sees the enemies of Asgard arriving at the plains of Vigrid. When the Gods and Goddesses at Asgard hears the sound from the Gjallarhorn, they will all be warned to get ready for the final battle.