Horses play an important role in almost all cultures around the world, ancient as well as modern. In mythology they are usually depicted as powerful animals, associated with the gods or the spirit realm. Shamans often used them to travel to the otherworld and they serve as symbols of power, faith or the divine. In northern mythology horses have been associated with the gods and their names and deeds recorded in the Eddas. The most famous horse is of course Odin’s eight-legged Sleipnir, the best of the horses but there are many more.
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- The story of Sleipnir
- Skinfaxi & Hrimfaxi
- The Icelandic fairytale of Gullfaxi
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