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Gullin-Bursti, also written, Gullinbursti, whose name means Golden Bristles,[1][2] is a giant boar owned by Frey, Norse god of agriculture.

The goddess Freya, twin sister of Frey, has a boar of similar stature named Hildisvin.[3]

Appearance and personality[]

Gullin-Bursti is a giant rust-colored boar with golden bristles on its head. It stands at least ten feet tall at the shoulder.[2] Its golden bristles shed light as bright as fire.[1]

Gullin-Bursti is attentive to its master's needs.[4]

Abilities[]

Gullin-Bursti runs at incredible speed, and possesses the ability of flight.[1] It never tires.[4]

It possesses extreme strength and ferocity. It continues to fight even if mortally wounded.[1]

Gullin-Bursti can be slaughtered and eaten during the day, and as long as the bones are not broken, it will regenerate again at night. It shares this property with Thor's giant goats, Tanngrisnir and Tanngjost.[2]

Frey uses Gullin-Bursti to pull his chariot into battle. With a deity like Frey as its passenger, it can teleport at will.[2]

History[]

Gullin-Bursti was given to Frey as a gift from the dwarves.[2]

Cultural significance[]

The head of Gullin-Bursti is drawn as a symbol of Frey's protection, and fertility.[3]

Creative origins[]

The boar Gullinbursti appears in Norse mythology. In the Prose Edda, Snorri relates the tale of the dwarves crafting the boar from a pigskin. It can run through the air and water better than any horse, and from its golden mane glows light so that its rider can always see his way. Snorri also states that Freyr rode to the funeral of Balder in a chariot pulled by Gullinbursti.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Deities and Demigods (3e) (2002), p.175.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Legends & Lore (1e) (1984), p.102.
  3. 3.0 3.1 For Better or Norse: II, Dragon #110 (Jun 1986), p.26.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes (1976), p.30.
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