MyNDIR (My Norse Digital Image Repository), Sacred trees and groves in Germanic paganism and mythology, Mythological Norse people, items and places,, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Although not much has been recorded about Ull, he must have been a very prominent deity in the Norse pantheon at one time because, according to one tradition, the god Odin offered Ull’s favours as a reward to the one who would aid him. Updates? Who Were the Indo-Europeans and Why Do They Matter.

1993. Ull, Old Norse Ullr, in Norse mythology, a god associated with skis and the bow, according to the Icelandic poet and historian Snorri Sturluson in his Prose Edda. More fundamentally, however, any argument that assumes the Vanir were a distinct tribe is by that virtue alone open to considerable suspicion, because it’s highly debatable to what extent the Vanir were seen as being a distinct tribe of gods, if at all.[13]. 2010. [6] Similarly, another Old Norse poem, the Atlakviða, features a scene involving the swearing of oaths wherein the last and most solemn oath is sworn on the ring of Ullr. The Thorsberg chape (a metal piece belonging to a scabbard found in the Thorsberg moor) bears an Elder Futhark inscription, one of the earliest known altogether, dating to roughly AD 200. Again we seem to find Ullr associated with some sort of ceremony, this time that of swearing an oath by a ring, a practice associated with Thor in later sources. It has been suggested that this is the remnant of a pair of divine twins[5] and further that there may have been a female Ullin, on the model of divine pairs such as Fjörgyn and Fjörgynn. Leaning on a bow, the god Ullr stands atop a frozen lake surrounded by evergreen trees and a building (1882) by Friedrich Wilhelm Heine. Viktor Rydberg speculates in his Teutonic Mythology that Ullr was the son of Sif and Egill-Örvandill, half-brother of Svipdagr-Óðr, nephew of Völundr and a cousin of Skaði. Ollerus ruled under the name Odin for ten years until the true Odin was called back. While the origin of this kenning is unknown it could be connected with the identity of Ullr as a ski-god. It seems likely that the name Ýdalir is connected with the idea of Ullr as a bow-god. 1964. p. 339. The first element owlþu, for wolþu-, means "glory", "glorious one", Old Norse Ullr, Old English wuldor. Snorri informs his readers that Ullr can be called ski-god, bow-god, hunting-god and shield-god. Despite these tantalising tidbits Snorri relates no myths about Ullr. In turn a shield can be called Ullr's ship. Ullr's name appears in several important Norwegian and Swedish place names (but not in Denmark or in Iceland). This indicates that Ullr had at some point a religious importance in Scandinavia that is greater than what is immediately apparent from the scant surviving textual references. [10], In the television series "The Almighty Johnsons", Ullr is depicted as a reincarnation of himself, named Mike Johnson, and is played by Tim Balme.[11]. In addition, Ull’s name appears as part of many Swedish and Norwegian place-names. 1993. But since swearing an oath on a symbol of divinity – any divinity, regardless of that deity’s connection with justice and law – was a common practice in heathen Germanic society, this episode alone is insufficient to establish that Ullr had anything in particular to do with these attributes. Translated by Angela Hall.

Another strophe in Grímnismál also mentions Ullr. This article was most recently revised and updated by, Ull - Student Encyclopedia (Ages 11 and up). ), Viktor Rydberg speculates in his Teutonic Mythology that Ullr was the son of Sif and Egill-Örvandill, half-brother of Svipdagr-Óðr, nephew of Völundr and a cousin of Skaði.

This speculation, therefore, is nothing more than a speculation, for which and against which it is impossible to persuasively argue.