From the Bestiary: the He-Goat

by Heather R. Darsie

The He-Goat, different from a satyr, is described as a, “…stubborn, lascivious animal.” The He-Goat, “…is always eager to mate,” with eyes that, “…are so full of lust that they look sideways…Its nature is so hot diamonds, against which fire and iron are powerless, dissolve in its blood.” No physical description is given of the He-Goat, and the writer of the Bestiary does not state if the He-Goat is different from the typical male goat. What do you think of the He-Goat?

Icelandic Manuscript, SÁM 66Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies

Sources & Suggested Reading

  1. MS Bodley 764, pgs. 82-83.

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