In Norse mythology, Durinn (or Durin) is a dwarf according to stanza 10 of the poem Völuspá from the Poetic Edda, and repeated in Gylfaginning from the Prose Edda. He was the second created after the first and foremost dwarf Mótsognir.[1][2]

He is also attested in Hervarar saga, where he forged the magic sword Tyrfing with the help of the dwarf Dvalin. In variant texts of the saga Durinn is known as Dulinn.[3]

Modern influence[edit]

In the legendarium of J. R. R. Tolkien, Durin is the name given to several kings of the Dwarves including Durin the Deathless, the eldest of the Seven Fathers of their race.[4]


  1. ^ Larrington, Carolyne (1996). The Poetic Edda. Oxford University Press. p. 5. ISBN 0199675341.
  2. ^ Faulkes, Anthony (1987, 1995). Edda. Everyman. p. 16. ISBN 0460876163.
  3. ^ Turville-Petre, Gabriel (1956, 2014). Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks. University College London, for the Viking Society for Northern Research. p. 76. ISBN 978-0-903521-11-6.
  4. ^ Tolkien, J. R. R. (1965, 1971). The Return of the King. Ballantine Books. Appendix A:III ("Durin's Folk"), pp. 438–9.