vǫlva

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See also: volva, völva, and vølva

Old Norse[edit]

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From Old Norse vǫlr (staff), an apparent characteristic of the vǫlva.

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vǫlva f (genitive vǫlu, plural vǫlur)

  1. völva; prophetess, seeress, witch
    • Baldrs draumar, stanza 4:
      Þá reið Óðinn
      fyrir austan dyrr,
      þar er hann vissi
      vǫlu leiði;
      nam hann vittugri
      valgaldr kveða,
      unz nauðig reis,
      nás orð of kvað.
      Then rode Odin
      before the eastern door:
      there, he knew, was
      the seeress’ grave;
      He began (wise in witchcraft)
      to sing a spell to wake the dead,
      until reluctantly she rose
      and spoke a dead woman's words.

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