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Meili

Meili

Meili is one of the Æsir in Norse mythology. His name appears in the Eddic poem Hárbarðsljóð where Thor lists him alone as his brother, omitting his universally acknowledged half-brothers Baldr and Váli/Bous, indicating not only that Meili is one of the sons of Odin, he is likely also the son of Jörd.

The Prose Edda supports his immediate descent from Odin with its (oft-omitted) list of the sons of Odin in the Nafnaþulur of Skáldskaparmál. The text reads:

Sons of Óðinn       Baldr and Meili
Víðarr and Nepr       Váli, Áli
Þórr and Hildólfr       Hermóðr, Sigi
Skjöldr, Yngvi-Freyr       and Ítreksjóð
Heimdallr, Sæmingr       Höðr and Bragi

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