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Heimdall

[heym-dahl] /ˈheɪmˌdɑl/
noun, Scandinavian Mythology
1.
the god of dawn and light.
Also, Heimdal, Heimdallr
[heym-dahl-er] /ˈheɪmˌdɑl ər/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of Heimdall
< Old Norse Heimdallr, equivalent to heim(r) home, world + dallr, perhaps cognate with Old English deall bold, renowned
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  • Heimdall was speaking sharply, for he did not altogether like the stranger's look.

    Told by the Northmen: E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
  • Heimdall held in his hands the horn that was called the Gialarhorn.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • Heimdall also is a light and gracious god; he is the warder of the sir, and stays near the bridge Bifrst.

    History of Religion Allan Menzies
  • Gulveig the Witch came into Asgard, for Heimdall might not forbid her entrance.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • But Heimdall was glad to see them; glad, at least, for their sakes.

    The Heroes of Asgard Annie Keary
  • Heimdall and Loki came face to face, and each slew the other.

    Asgard Stories Mary H. Foster and Mabel H. Cummings
  • At the words of Heimdall Thor fell back from the bridge's head, vexed and sorrowful.

    The Heroes of Asgard Annie Keary
  • Heimdall's horn is mentioned,—this is supposed to mean the crescent moon, and Mimer's drinking horn also means the moon.

    The Heroes of Asgard Annie Keary
  • In the Rigsmal we are informed how Heimdall, under the name of Rig, became the progenitor of the three orders of mankind.

British Dictionary definitions for Heimdall

Heimdall

/ˈheɪmˌdɑːl/
noun
1.
(Norse myth) the god of light and the dawn, and the guardian of the rainbow bridge Bifrost
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