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Definition

Sleipnir is the eight-legged horse ridden primarily by the god Odin in Norse mythology. He is the son of the god Loki (in the form of a mare) and the stallion Svadilfari who belonged to the jötunn that built the walls of Asgard. In Iceland, the glacial canyon Ásbyrgi is known as Sleipnir’s Footprint in the horse’s honor.

More about: Sleipnir

Timeline

  • c. 700 - c. 800
    Images of Sleipnir appear on the Gotland Stones in the 8th century though he is thought to be an older mythological figure.
  • c. 900 - c. 1000
    Sleipnir is mentioned by name in the Eddic Poetry of the 10th century.
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