Geit sú er Heiðrún heitir stendr uppi á Valhöll ok bítr barr af limum trés þess er mjök er nafnfrægt, er Léraðr heitir, en ór spenum hennar rennr mjöðr sá er hon fyllir skapker hvern dag. Þat er svá mikit at allir einherjar verða fulldruknir af. (Snorra-Edda)
A goat called Heiðrún stands up [on its hind-legs] in Valhalla biting the buds off the branches of that very famous tree which is called Lærað. From her teats runs the mead with which every day she fills a cauldron, which is so big that all the Einherjar can drink their fill from it.(Snorri's Edda
Heithrun is the goat
who stands by Heerfather's hall,
And the branches of Lærath she bites;
The pitcher she fills
with the fair, clear mead,
Ne'er fails the foaming drink.
(Grímnismál transl.H.A. Bellows)
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Anna María Lind, MA Textile Art Winchester School of Art.