íviðja

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Old Norse[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Of obscure origin and meaning. Some sources propose derivation from *í-viðr, thus meaning "one in the woods", while others suggest connection to Old Saxon inwid (fraud, wickedness).

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  • (12th century Icelandic) IPA(key): /ˈiːˌwiðjɑ/

Noun[edit]

íviðja f (genitive íviðju, plural íviðjur)

  1. (Norse mythology) a word of unclear meaning, often taken to mean giantess or ogress
    • Vǫluspá, stanza 2, lines 5-6:
      Níu man ek heima,
      níu íviði [...] (In Codex Regius: iviþi, which Bugge normalizes to íviði; in Hauksbók, uidiur, which Björnsson normalizes to íviðjur.)
      Nine worlds I remember,
      nine giantesses [...]

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