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Old Norse


Alternative forms




From Proto-Germanic *wargaz, from Proto-Indo-European *werǵʰ-. Compare Old English wearh, wearg.



vargr m

  1. evildoer, outlaw
  2. wolf

Usage notes

  • Unlike ulfr (wolf), which is frequently found in names and thus seems to have had some positive connotations, this is not the case with vargr, suggesting its sense was thoroughly negative.



Derived terms

  • vargdropi m (son of an outlaw, literally wolf-dropping)
  • varghamr m (wolf-skin)
  • vargljóð n pl (wolf-songs, the howling of wolves)
  • vargtré n (outlaw-tree; gallows)
  • vargr í véum (someone who commits violence in a religious shrine)
  • morðvargr m (someone outlawed for murder)
  • goðvargr m (someone who offends the gods; a blasphemer)
  • griðvargr m (truce-breaker; someone outlawed for breaking a truce)


  • Icelandic: vargur
  • Faroese: vargur
  • Norn: varg
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: varg
  • Elfdalian: warg
  • Old Swedish: vargher
  • Danish: varg
    • Norwegian Bokmål: varg
  • English: warg (learned)


  • vargr”, in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press