Reimagining Today’s Horse for Tomorrow’s World
4. Horses of Norse Mythology
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Horses of Norse Mythology
With his identity protected under his wide-brimmed hat, the wise and fearsome one-eyed god Odin dashes through Norse sagas on his magical, wingless, eight-legged gray horse named Sleipnir. Together they fly like the wind between worlds mortal and divine. Odin’s Sleipnir is possibly the most beloved of all the horses in the richly-woven, rough and tumbling Viking folk tales as told in the Eddas and other poetic sagas from the northern Scandinavian countries of Norway, Denmark, and Sweden from about 793 A.C.E. to 1066 A.C.E., and Iceland from about 800 A.C.E. In these tales, horses and their riders play vital roles. Warriors killed in battle, for example, are taken by horse-riding Valkyries to the afterlife in Odin’s hall, Valhalla, or Freyja’s field, Fólkvangr.
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