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Gylf ch. 25b

25b. Týr

Hár segir: "Sá er enn ás er T...

High said: 'There is also an ...

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[excerpt from] Gylf ch. 34e

34e. Týr

Úlfinn fœddu Æsir heima, ok h...

The Æsir brought up the wolf ...

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Gylfaginning, which is part of Snorra Edda, was composed in Iceland in the 13th century, and holds the stories of many of the Pre-Christian myths of northern Europe. It is believe to have been composed by the Icelander Snorri Sturlusson. Snorra Edda consists of three separate parts, Gylfaginning, Skaldskápamáland Háttatal, all functioning together as a greater work and guide for the aspiring medieval poet and storyteller.


Týr is an ancient Germanic deity and is probably one of the oldest characters found amongst the Old Norse gods. His name relates to ideas of a ruling god with connections made to such as Greek, Roman and Indian ancient mythologies. By the Viking Age Týr seems to have lost much of his central status and little is known about this Ás. In the Old Norse sources he seems to be related to ideas of social order and law, bravery and warfare.

For more, see:

Ellis Davidson, H. R, (1990), Gods and Myths of Northern Europe. London: Penguin Books. pp. 31, 57-60.

Simek, Rudolf (2007), Transl: Angela Hall. Dictionary of Northern Mythology. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer. pp. 337-338.

Steinsland, Gro (2005), Norrøn Religion. Myter, Riter, Samfunn. Oslo: Pax Forlag. pp. 243-244.

(Contributed by Liv Marit Aurdal.)


Main text: Gylfaginning


Named things:

Text sections: SnSt, Gylf ch. 25b SnSt Gylf 34eIII


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