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Auðr/Authr: A Reference on the Norse God of (Possibly) Prosperity and Luck

Please note that this work is subject to updates and that the most recently updated version will always be the document in my google drive linked to on my Resources page. Please also note that you should not accept any of this at face value and always research any of the information I make available yourself. This is intended to be a simple reference and jumping-off point.

Basic Info:

  • Name Origin: Old Norse
  • Other Names: [unknown]
  • Principal Race/“Family” Designation: presumably Jǫtnar
  • God of: possibly prosperity; possibly good luck
  • Associations: [unknown]
  • Epithets: [unknown]
  • Mythological Possessions: [unknown]
  • Dwellings: [unknown]
  • Family: Father: Naglfari; Mother: Nótt; Siblings: Dagr, Jǫrð (half-siblings)

Further Info:

On the Relationship Between Auðr and Jörð: In Skáldskaparmál,[1] Jǫrð is referred to as “sister of Auðr.”

On the Gender of Auðr: “Auðr” is attested as a female name in other Icelandic sources besides the Prose Edda.

On Naglfari’s Dearth of Historical Attestations: Rudolf Simek[2] theorizes that Naglfari is an invention of Snorri based on the fact that the only known attestation of Naglfari appears in the Prose Edda.

References:

  • Simek, Rudolf, and Angela Hall. Dictionary of Northern Mythology. Woodbridge: D. S. Brewer, 2007.
  • Sturluson, Snorri. Edda. c. 1220. MS.

Footnotes:

[1] Snorri Sturluson. Edda. c. 1220. MS.

[2] Rudolf Simek, and Angela Hall. Dictionary of Northern Mythology. Woodbridge: D. S. Brewer, 2007.

© Alixander F. D. Bragiteilen and Bragiteilen.com, 2018. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Alixander F. D. Bragiteilen and Bragiteilen.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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