What are the Einherjar?

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What are the Einherjar?

Post by Jette on Fri Feb 06, 2009 7:01 am

So I don't have to repeatedly answer this question, I will provide a very good description of the Einherjar, taken directly from Wikipedia.


In Norse mythology, the einherjar (Old Norse "lone fighters") are those that have died in battle and are brought to Valhalla by valkyries. In Valhalla, the einherjar eat their fill of the nightly-resurrecting beast Sæhrímnir, and are brought their fill of mead (from the udders of the goat Heiðrún) by valkyries. The einherjar prepare daily for the events of Ragnarök, when they will advance for an immense battle at the field of Vígríðr.

The einherjar are attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources, the Prose Edda, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson, the poem Hákonarmál (by the 10th century skald Eyvindr skáldaspillir) as collected in Heimskringla, and a stanza of an anonymous 10th century poem commemorating the death of Eric Bloodaxe known as Eiríksmál as compiled in Fagrskinna. Scholarly theories have been proposed etymologically connecting the einherjar to the Harii (a Germanic tribe attested in the first century CE), the eternal battle of Hjaðningavíg, and the Wild Hunt.


Note - Einherjar is pronounced "Aine - herr - yar" for all you silly Americans. You have to say it with a bit of an accent to correctly pronounce it. The "herr" part does not have the hard sound that you'd originally think it would, just by seeing it.

Listen to the song "Valkyrjan" by the Faroese band Týr and you will be able to hear the correct pronunciation of Einherjar.

Týr - "Valkyrjan"

For those who can't appreciate the awesomeness of Týr, listen to the word "einherjar" at 1:22 into the song.


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