the dictionary of norse mythology


EGIL Two characters with this name appear in Norse mythology. The existing documents leave it unclear whether each use of the name referred to one figure or to different people. Egil, apparently, was a common name in the folklore of scandinavia.One person named Egil was a servant of thor, according to snorri sturluson. He guarded Thor's goats while the god was visiting the giant hymir. This Egil may have been the father of Thor's human servants thialfi and roskva.Another Egil is the subject of a popular Icelandic saga, or epic story, known today as Egils Saga. He was a very skilled and talented archer, and the brother of Weland, the blacksmith.

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