A paper about the other volva, the volva of Baldr's Dreams (not the volva of Voluspa).


An incredible amount of scholarship has focused around the
volva of Voluspá; the volva and the prophesy she constructs around her provide modern readers with vast amounts of knowledge pertaining to the Old Norse pantheon, and a considerable number of questions spring up out of the intricate world that she weaves. As a character she is an incredible study in gender, and the narrative itself unfolds into a beautiful and clever poem which opens up many avenues to examine its authorship and oral traditions. Yet there is another volva included in the Poetic Edda who has received considerably less attention; the volva of Baldr’s Dreams feels like the forgotten little sister of the volva of Voluspá, and yet she provides keys to the riddle of the pagan past and provides another intricate layer in which we can examine the world in which the poem was first composed and later written down. The original poem can be found in manuscript A (AM 748 4to) - it is not included in the Codex Regius, but it has often been included in the Poetic Edda. A prose counterpart can be found in Snorri’s Edda.