Horses of the Aesir

Horses of the Aesir
   To the northern peoples the difficulty of securing horses as opposed to ponies must have been very great, as is shown by the specific mention by name of all the horses that occur in the Eddas. In the following are listed twenty of them: Alsuid, Arvar (the sun god), Blodighofi, Falhofnir, Gardrofa (dam of Hofvarpnir), Gils, Gladr, Glaer, Gulltoppr (the horse of Heimdall), Gyllir, Hamskerpir (sire of Hofvarpnir), Hofvarpnir (the horse of Gna), Hrimfaxi (the horse of Nott), Lettfeti, Silfrintoppr, Skeidbrimir, Skin-faxi, Sleipnir (the horse of Odin), Svadilfari, Synir. The horse of Balder was burnt on his funeral pyre.

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