As the other day I have been writing about Asgard, here it is the second part of it. Let’s start with the inhabitants of that realm.
In Asgard it is obvious that all that reside there aren’t just the Aesir deities, of course there are others. As I have written in the other post about Asgard (Part 1) there are many halls, and most of the main ones have been listed in the lay of Grímnismál, apart from those main halls, there are others, smaller but with great importance as well. For example, there are deities who have their handmaidens who work along side the deity in his/her own hall, but even the handmaidens have their own hall scattered around the main hall, this often happens when the deities in question are healing deities. But this isn’t a pattern, it so happens that smaller halls of specific handmaidens of a deity might not be near the main hall, in some cases they can be far off in a completely different rigion within the realm.
There are a few places of great importance, which I’m about to mention. Let us start with Bifrost, the very beginning of this “trip”.
The only way into Asgard is Bifrost, unless of course the spirit-worker might come from Vanaheim to the West and land on Njörd’s harbor. Bifrost as you might well guessed, is the famous rainbow bridge, which is well guarded, it isn’t a permanent structure. After crossing the rainbow bridge the first thing that stands on the other side is Heimdall’s great hall called Himinbjorg.
Heimdall is Odin’s son, and there he stands at the end of the bridge to welcome people in or drive them away. Himinbjorg is a beautiful hall, painted in light blue, the same color of the summer unclouded sky which is natural to Asgard most of the year, and the roof is painted in white which actually is brighter when the sun shines upon it.
Beside the doorstep lies Gjallarhorn, the great horn of Heimdall. Its size is huge and it isn’t there just to announce the comming of Ragnarök, it is there to announce the coming of a visitor also.