Váli (son of Odin)

related topics
{god, call, give}
{son, year, death}
{black, white, people}

In Norse mythology, Váli is a son of the god Odin and the goddess Rindr. He was birthed for the sole purpose of killing Höðr as revenge for Höðr's accidental murder of his half-brother, Baldr. He grew to full adulthood within one day of his birth, and slew Höðr. Váli is fated to survive Ragnarök.

The Váli myth is referred to in Baldrs draumar:

And in Völuspá:

There is another Váli, a son of Loki by Sigyn, who was transformed by the gods into a slavering wolf who tore out the throat of his brother Narfi to punish Loki for his crimes. See Váli (son of Loki).

The two figures named Váli may originally have been conceived of as the same being.

In Gesta Danorum the figure Bous corresponds to Váli.

References

  • Dronke, Ursula (1997). The Poetic Edda : Volume II : Mythological Poems. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  • Finnur Jónsson (1913). Goðafræði Norðmanna og Íslendinga eftir heimildum. Reykjavík: Hið íslenska bókmentafjelag.

Full article ▸

related documents
The Dagda
Gunnlöð
Atea
Boreads
Fourth Nephi
Capaneus
Pandrosus
Cephalus
Telephassa
Thalia
Erato
Adlivun
Menrva
Prithvi
Cetus (mythology)
Anann
Phlegethon
Blodeuwedd
Bastet (mythology)
Curelom
Kanaloa
Lykaion
Tangaroa
Iaso
Charon (mythology)
Phaedra (mythology)
Cihuacoatl
Phemonoe
Peitho
Chicomecoatl