Heimdall (or Heimdallr) is one of the gods in Northern mythology. He is the guardian of the Bifröst Bridge. He was the son of nine different mothers and was called the White God.
Heimdall is the guardian of the gods. He will blow a horn, called the Gjallarhorn, if Asgard is in danger. His senses are so good that he can hear the grass grow and he can see to the end of the world. Heimdall could hear a leaf fall. He does not need any sleep at all.
Heimdall was said to be the last of the gods to die at Ragnarok when he and Loki would kill one another.
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Heimdallr brings forth the gift of the gods to mankind (1907) by Nils Asplund
Heimdallr blows Gjallarhorn in an 1895 illustration by Lorenz Frølich
Rig in Great-grandfather's Cottage (1908) by W. G. Collingwood
The cock Gullinkambi atop his head and the burning rainbow bridge Bifröst in the background, Heimdallr blows into Gjallarhorn while holding a sword with a man's face on it (a reference to the "man's head" kenning). Illustration (1907) by J. T. Lundbye.
The Gosforth Cross panel often held to depict Heimdallr with Gjallarhorn