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Álfheimr

EnglishEdit

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Álfheimr

  1. The name for the modern Swedish province of Bohuslän

Old NorseEdit

Proper nounEdit

Álfheimr m

  1. The home of the Ljósálfar (light elves, álfar, divine beings), located up in the sky, according to Norse mythology.
    • 1220c, Sturluson, Snorri. Gylfaginning (The Fooling Of Gylfe):
      Margir staðir eru þar göfugligir. Sá er einn staðr þar, er kallaðr er Álfheimr. Þar byggvir fólk þat, er Ljósálfar heita, en Dökkálfar búa niðri í jörðu, ok eru þeir ólíkir þeim sýnum ok miklu ólíkari reyndum.
      (Wikisource translation: "There are many magnificient dwellings. One is there called Alfheim. There dwell the folk that are called light-elves; but the dark-elves dwell down in the earth.")
    • 12th century, Grímnismál (Sayings of Grímnir), from Codex Regius:
      Alfheim Freý / gáfo i ardaga / tivar at tannfe.
      (Wikisource translation: "And Alfheim the gods | to Freyr once gave.")
  2. Elfland.
  3. Possibly heaven.

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ReferencesEdit

  • Wikisource:Poetic Edda/Grímnismál (Sayings of Grímnir), in English. Accessed Apr. 16, 2007
  • Grímnismál in Old Norse[1]. Accessed Apr. 16, 2007.
  • Wikisource:Prose Edda/Gylfaginning (The Fooling Of Gylfe) by Sturluson, Snorri, in English. Accessed Apr. 16, 2007
  • Gylfaginning in Old Norse [2] Accessed Apr. 16, 2007.
  • Marshall Jones Company (1930). Mythology of All Races Series, Volume 2 Eddic, Great Britain: Marshall Jones Company, 1930, pp. 220-221.