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Tuesday, September 20th, 2005, 09:38 PM

Besides the gods dealt with above who can be proved beyond any doubt as worshipped by all or most German tribes, the Norse mythology includes a succession of others whose traces are either more difficult follow or have completely vanished. Heimdall is, like Baldur, a kindly god of light, guarding the rainbow bridge to heaven (Bifrost) and living in Himinbj÷rg, the mountain of heaven. Other features are almost fabulous: he is said to have been the son of nine mothers, to need less sleep than a bird, to see a hundred miles into the distance by night as by day, and to hear the trees growing on the earth, the wool on the back of a sheep. [Image: Heimdall, watchman of the gods.]

His horse is called Gulltoppr ("golden crop") and he himself has golden teeth. As sentinel and keeper of the gods Heimdall blows a loud horn (Gjallarhorn) which is kept under a sacred tree. He seems to have ruled during the creation of the world and of men and to have played a higher role than was afterwards allotted to him. Just as war was superintended by Ziu along with Wodan, fertility by Fr˘, so may creative power also have been shared between Odin and Heimdall.

A song of suggestive design in the Edda [viz. Rigsthula] makes the first arrangement of mankind in classes proceed from the same Heimdall, who traverses the world under the name of Rig.

Jakob Grimm: "The Principal Germanic Gods" (http://library.flawlesslogic.com/grimm_4.htm)