Fjölvar

The inscription reads: Unnulv and Fjolvar traveled this stone after Djure, his father, Redulv's son, and after Harlau, his mother, Fjolvar's daughter at Viksta.

Fjölvar is a being in Norse mythology, possibly a jötunn, with whom Odin spend time fighting and seducing women on the island of Algrœn ("All-green").[1][2]

Name[edit]

Fjölvar is an Old Norse name still used today; it was used in Old Norse as an adjective meaning 'very wary, very cautious'.[3][4]

Attestation[edit]

Fjölvar is only attested once in Hárbardsljód (The lay of Hárbarð), which tells of Hárbarð (the god Odin in disguise) spending time with Fjölvar on the island of Algrœn ("All-green").[5]

I [Odin] was with Fjölvar all of five winters [five years],
In that island, which is called Algrœn [All-green];
We could fight and fell carrion,
To test much, to try our luck with a maiden.

— Hárbardsljód, 17, trans. J. Lindow, 2002.

This episode was recounted by Odin himself who alone slept with seven sisters on Algrœn in the poem Hárbardsljód (18), written in the 13th century and included in the Poetic Edda.[1]

Theories[edit]

According to scholar John Lindow, since the þulur list Fjölvör among the jötnar, it is likely that Fjölvar would have been her male counterpart, and therefore also a jötunn.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lindow 2002, p. 117.
  2. ^ Lindbergh, Katarina Harrison (2017). Nordisk mytologi: Från A till Ö (in Swedish). Historiska Media. ISBN 9789175453705. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  3. ^ Lena Peterson: Nordiskt runnamnslexikon (2002)
  4. ^ Leiv Heggstad, Finn Hødnebø og Erik Simensen: Norrøn Ordbok (1997)
  5. ^ Orchard 1997, p. 44.

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