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myths of the myths
Imperfect citations! Oh the slander! Oh the counter-trolling!
For an age I trolled the net, particularly those of the Wikipedia... much have I seen, much have I heard...
Dwarfs of the three brothers were more like a golem or an elf than Tolkien's Dwarves.
And dwarfs of the wild were more like trolls.
Loki is Fenrir and his son is or might be Garm Fenrisulfr. This usage has been lost upon contemporary interpretation analogously that Frankenstein's monster has taken the name of the scientist. The binding of Loki and the son of Loki have similarities.
Hel is the Fenrisdatter, Loki's daughter, or at least it was a place she was named after. The place was the last best choice for the after life, aside form oblivion. Christianity borrows the name.
Yggdrasil is Odin's horse, Sleipnir the Fenrisdrasil. The tree is a metaphor for the eight cardinal directions of a compass just as the contemporary metaphor is a rose. Thus, many depictions of the world tree which show the profile are looking upon the wrong axis. Not from the side, but from above the world tree grows, pointing in eight directions, the ninth world where one stands.
Odin is probably an amalgamation of many persons, in-universe Odr, probably including the out-of-universe green man and Santa. For example, it was probably someone else who hung from the tree.
Giant is not an Old Icelandic word, but rather a Troll.
Poetic Edda, Titus Edition - currently offline
- Galinn Grund - Myth & Religion Bibliography
- The Icelandic Saga Database
- Myths of the Norsemen: From the Eddas and Sagas
- The Norse - the different ethnic groups
- Poetic Edda, Titus Edition
- Projekt Runeberg
see the entry for Language
Last updated: Fri 21 October 2016