the dictionary of norse mythology


NAMES Norse mythology is rich with meaning-ful names. Gods may have dozens of names the supreme god odin, for example, was known by more than 150 names or titles. Each character, whether human or supernatural, received his or her own name and often many different names. In Norse poetry, swords, chains, wells, animals, and even bridges received names.Many names of the gods, dwarfs, and giants reflect what scholars see as a strong tradition among the norse to give significant names to the objects of mythology. Scholars, however, suggest that some of the names in the manuscripts that have survived to modern times reflect a tendency among some editors and scribes of the stories to poke fun at the Norse tra-dition of naming objects.

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