- Heith they named her
- who sought their home,
- The wide-seeing witch,
- in magic wise;
- Minds she bewitched
- that were moved by her magic,
- To evil women
- a joy she was.
The general assumption is that here, "Heiðr" is an alternate name for the witch Gullveig, mentioned in the previous stanza, who, in turn, is often thought to be a hypostasis of Freyja. But it is sometimes argued that the völva who recites the poem refers to herself.
Saxo Grammaticus reported a shield-maiden bearing this name as captain of the contingent from Sle fighting for the Danes at the Battle of Brávellir in the year 750. She was said to be the daughter of King Harald Hildetand.
- Bellows, Henry Adams (trans.). 1923. The poetic Edda. New York: The American-Scandinavian Foundation.
- Elton, Oliver (2006-02-11). THE DANISH HISTORY, BOOKS I-IX by Saxo Grammaticus. Project Gutenberg. Project Gutenberg. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
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