List of dwarfs in Norse mythology

The Prose and Poetic Eddas, which form the foundation of what we know today concerning Norse mythology, contain many names of dwarfs. While many of them are featured in extant myths of their own, many others have come down to us today only as names in various lists provided for the benefit of skalds or poets of the medieval period and are included here for the purpose of completeness.

List of dwarfs[edit]

A[edit]

Name Name meaning Alternative names Attested relatives Attestations
Óinn Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Álfr "Elf"[1] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Alfrigg Sörla þáttr
Alfrikr Þiðreks saga
Alius Ásmundar saga kappabana
Alþjófr "All-thief"[2] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Alvíss "All-Wise" Alvíssmál
Án Óri Völuspá
Ánarr Ónarr Völuspá
Andvari "Careful one", "Cautious spirit"[1] Nafnaþulur, Reginsmál, Skáldskaparmál, Völsunga saga, Völuspá
Atvarðr Fjölsvinnsmál
Aurgrminir "Mud-grimnir"[2]
Aurvangr "Mud-field"[2] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Austri "Eastern" Gylfaginning, Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá

B[edit]

Name Name meaning Alternative names Attested relatives Attestations
Báfurr "Bean"[2] Bofurr Völuspá
Bári "The Bearing"[2] Fjölsvinnsmál
Berling Sörla þáttr
Bifurr "Quaking one"[2] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Bildr "Plowman"[2] Völuspá
Billingr Völuspá
Bláinn "Dark-hued"[2] Skáldskaparmál
Blindviðr Skáldskaparmál
Blôvurr "The Shining"[2] Skáldskaparmál
Bömburr "Drummer"[2] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Brokkr "the one who works with metal fragments; blacksmith" Bothers: Eitri, Sindri Skáldskaparmál
Brúni Völuspá
Búinn Skáldskaparmál
Buri "Progenitor"[2] Völuspá

D[edit]

Name Name meaning Alternative names Attested relatives Attestations
Dagfinnr Skáldskaparmál
Dáinn "The Dead One" Grímnismál, Hyndluljóð, Völuspá
Dellingr Fjölsvinnsmál, Skáldskaparmál
Dolgr "Warrior"[1] Skáldskaparmál
Dólgþrasir "Persisting warrior"[1] Dolgþvari Völuspá
Dóri "The Fortifying"[2] Fjölsvinnsmál, Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Draupnir "Dropper"[1] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Dúfr "The Crooked"[2] or "The Deep"[1] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Duneyrr "Thundering ear"[1] or "Dark ear"[3] Grímnismál, Gylfaginning
Duraþrór "Thriving Slumber" Grímnismál, Gylfaginning
Durinn "Slumber", "Door" or "Door-warden" Dulinn Gylfaginning, Hervarar saga, Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Dúrnir "Door" or "Door-warden" Laufás-Edda, Skáldskaparmál, Ynglingatal
Dvalinn "the dormant one" or "the one slumbering" Alvíssmál, Fáfnismál, Grímnismál, Gylfaginning, Hávamál, Hervarar saga, Skáldskaparmál, Sörla þáttr, Völuspá

E[edit]

Name Name meaning Alternative names Attested relatives Attestations
Eggmóinn Skáldskaparmál
Eikinskjaldi "Oaken shield"[2] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Eitri Brother: Brokkr Skáldskaparmál

F[edit]

Name Name meaning Alternative names Attested relatives Attestations
Fafnir Father: Hreiðmarr
Brothers: Ótr, Regin
Gylfaginning, Völsunga saga
Fáinn Skáldskaparmál
Fár "The caretaker" or "the defedner"[2] Skáldskaparmál
Farli Skáldskaparmál
Fíli "The one who files"[2] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Finnr Fiðr Völuspá
Fjalar Falr Brother: Galar Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Fjǫlsviðr "Very Powerful"[1] Skáldskaparmál
Fǫrvi Skáldskaparmál
Frægr Völuspá
Frár Frór Völuspá
Fríðr Skáldskaparmál
Frosti "Frosty"[1] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Fullangr Skáldskaparmál
Fundinn "Found"[1] Völuspá

G[edit]

Name Name meaning Alternative names Attested relatives Attestations
Gandálfr "Wand-elf"[2] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Galar Brother: Fjalar Skáldskaparmál
Ginnarr "Seducer"[1] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Glói "The glowing one" Glóinn Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Gloni "Staring"[2]
Gollmævill Skáldskaparmál
Grer Sörla þáttr
Grímr "The masked one"[2] Skáldskaparmál
Gud "God"[2]

H[edit]

Name Name meaning Alternative names Attested relatives Attestations
Hanarr "The skillfull" or "Chanter" Hárr Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Hár "The high"[2] Haurr Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Haugspori Hugstari Völuspá
Hepti "Impeding"[1] Völuspá
Heptifili "File-holder", "Filer"[2] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Heri "Host"[2] Skáldskaparmál
Hildingr Skáldskaparmál
Hleðjolfr "Shield Wolf"[2] Völuspá
Hlévangr "Grave-mound"[2] Völuspá
Hljóðolfr "Silent Wolf"[2] Hljóðalfr Skáldskaparmál
Hornbori "He who bore horn's hair"[2] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Horr "The Dear"[2]
Hreiðmarr Sons: Fafnir, Ótr, Regin Gylfaginning, Völsunga saga
Hugstari "Battle thinker" or "strategist"[2] Hoggstari Skáldskaparmál

I[edit]

Name Name meaning Alternative names Attested relatives Attestations
Iri "the rumor spreading"[2]

J[edit]

Name Name meaning Alternative names Attested relatives Attestations
Jaki Skáldskaparmál
Jari "The Disputing"[2] Völuspá

K[edit]

Name Name meaning Alternative names Attested relatives Attestations
Kili Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá

L[edit]

Name Name meaning Alternative names Attested relatives Attestations
Líðskjalfr Fjölsvinnsmál
Litr "Countenance" or "Image"[2] or "Complexion"[1] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Ljómi Skáldskaparmál
Lofarr Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Lóinn Skáldskaparmál
Lóni Völuspá

M[edit]

Name Name meaning Alternative names Attested relatives Attestations
Miðvið Skáldskaparmál
Mjöðvitnir "Knowing in mead"[1] or "Mead wolf" Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Mjǫklituð Skáldskaparmál
Moinn "Moor beast"[2] Völuspá
Mótsognir Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Munin Skáldskaparmál

N[edit]

Name Name meaning Alternative names Attested relatives Attestations
Nabbi Hyndluljóð
Næfr Skáldskaparmál
Náinn "Corpse"[2] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Nali "Corpse" or "Death"[2] or "Needle"[1] Váli Völuspá
Nár "Corpse"[2] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Nefi Skáldskaparmál
Níðhǫggr "Malcie striker" or "Tenebrous Gnawer"[1] Skáldskaparmál
Niði "Underworld being"[2] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Nípingr "The Dark"[2] or "The Handsome" or "The Curving"[1] Nífengr Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Norðri "Northern" Gylfaginning, Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Nóri Völuspá
Nýi "New moon"[2] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Nýr "The new"[1] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Nýráðr "New advice"[1] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá

O[edit]

Name Name meaning Alternative names Attested relatives Attestations
Óinn Son: Andvari Reginsmál', Skáldskaparmál
Olius Ásmundar saga kappabana
Ǫlni Skáldskaparmál
Ónn Skáldskaparmál
Óri "The insane"[1] Fjölsvinnsmál, Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Ótr "Otter" Father: Hreiðmarr
Brothers: Fafnir, Regin
Gylfaginning, Völsunga saga

R[edit]

Name Name meaning Alternative names Attested relatives Attestations
Ráðspakr Skáldskaparmál
Ráðsviðr "Powerful advice"[1] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Regin "Great" or "Vast"[1] Father: Hreiðmarr
Brothers: Fafnir, Ótr
Gylfaginning, Völsunga saga
Rekkr Skáldskaparmál

S[edit]

Name Name meaning Alternative names Attested relatives Attestations
Siarr "The Panning"[2]
Sindri "Spark" None attested Brother: Brokkr Gylfaginning, Skáldskaparmál, Þorsteins saga Víkingssonar, Völuspá
Skávær "The good-natured"[2] Skáldskaparmál
Skafiðr "The scraper"[2] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Skirfir "Skillful artisan"[2] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Suðri "Southern" Gylfaginning, Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Sons of Ivaldi
Svíurr "The Disappearing"[2] Sviðr Völuspá

T[edit]

Name Name meaning Alternative names Attested relatives Attestations
Þekkr "The welcome one"[2] or "The thinker" or "The amiable"[1] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
þjóðrœrir Hávamál
þolinn Skáldskaparmál
Þorin "The Daring"[2] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Þráinn "The Threatening"[2], "The Audacious"[1] Þróinn Völuspá
þrasir Skáldskaparmál
Þrór "Inciter of strife"[2], "The thriving"[1] þrár Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Tigvi Skáldskaparmál

U[edit]

Name Name meaning Alternative names Attested relatives Attestations
Uni "The content"[2] Fjölsvinnsmál
Úri "The smith"[2] Fjölsvinnsmál

V[edit]

Name Name meaning Alternative names Attested relatives Attestations
Varr "The cautios"[2] Fjölsvinnsmál, Skáldskaparmál
Vegdrasill "Courageous in battle"[2] Fjölsvinnsmál
Veigr "The defiant"[2]
Veggr "The toothy"[2] Völuspá
Vestri "Western" Gylfaginning, Völuspá
Viðr Skáldskaparmál
Vífir Skáldskaparmál
Vili "Will" Völuspá
Vindálfr "Wind-elf"[2] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Virwir "The virulent"[2] Virfir Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá
Vitr "Wise"[2] Skáldskaparmál, Völuspá

Y[edit]

Name Name meaning Alternative names Attested relatives Attestations
Yngvi "Prince" or "Warrior"[2] Ingi Völuspá

General references[edit]

  • Faulkes, Anthony (transl. and ed.) (1987). Edda (Snorri Sturluson). Everyman. ISBN 0-460-87616-3
  • Larrington, Carolyne (transl. and ed.) (1996). The Poetic Edda. Oxford World's Classics. ISBN 0-19-283946-2
  • Gurevich, Elena: (Introduction to) Anonymous, Dverga heiti; in Kari Ellen Gade and Edith Marold (eds.): Poetry from Treatises on Poetics - Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 3; Turnhout: Brepols, 2017 (p. 692).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y Mallet, Paul Henri: Northern Antiquities; London, 1847 (p. 546pp.).
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf Bane, Theresa: Encyclopedia of Giants and Humanoids in Myth, Legend and Folklore; McFarland, 2016 (p. 60)
  3. ^ Lindow, John: Handbook of Norse Mythology; 2001 (p. 98).