Baldrsdraumar [Baldr’s dreams] is a mythological eddic poem composed in fornyrðislag [old story metre]. The poem is divided into 15 stanzas, and survives in a vellum manuscript, AM 748 I a 4to, from c. 1300. In several paper manuscripts from later dates Baldrsdraumar bears the title Vegtamskviða [Vegtamr’s poem], derived from the name Óðinn provides when asked by the seeress for the identity of the one who has awoken her from the dead (stanza 6).

Baldrsdraumar displays notable similarities to Völuspá [Seeress’s prophecy]. Formally, in both poems Óðinn questions a seeress and then receives information from her about …

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Citation: McGillivray, Andrew. "Baldrsdraumar". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 June 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=41005, accessed 28 September 2023.]

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