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Dain – A ruler of the Elves.

Damp With Sleet – Another name of Hel’s hall, also called “Eliudnir”.

Darkdale – The dwelling place of the dwarves, in the north, covered with gold.

Daughters of Aegir – 1) The waves of the sea. 2) The “undines”, Aegir’s and Ran’s nine daughters, born of the waves.

Day – 1) At the creation, the gods sent Day and Night to race across the sky in chariots drawn by swift horses. 2) Day is the father of the Light Elves and the personification of the daylight. He is Night’s (Nott’s) son in her third marriage, with Delling. He controls the days on his horse Skinfaxi.

Dead Man’s Shore – A hall in Hel where no sunlight reaches, covered by serpent skins and dripping venom. This is the destination after death of murderers, traitors, adulterers. Nidhögg sucks blood from the bodies of the dead.

Delling – (“Day-Spring” or “Dawn”) Red Elf of the dawn or east; lover of Nott (Night). Day is their son. Delling is the guard at Breidablik. His name means ‘the one who is light-complexioned’

Disir, Desir (ON dis; disir) (Plural of dis). – Ancestral female spirits, for them Winter Nights and Distings are holy. They watch over the family in general but more particularly the person who will carry on the line.The Disirs work under Freya. The Valkyries are Disir.

Disease – Disease was brought into the world by the birth of Hela, Loki’s daughter.

Disting- One of the Great Blessings between Yuletide and Easter. Local Things are often held at this time. Freya and Vali are often honored during this blessing as well as the Dises and Alfs.

Dokkalfar – The Dark Elves, who dwell in mounds, hillocks and rocks. They have much in common with the Disir, being thought to be in some aspects the masculine counterparts of these beings. They are great magicians and teachers of magic, and it may have been to their abodes that Odin refers when he says that he learned his wisdom from the “men, very old men / who dwell in the wood of the home”. Blessings may be made to the Dokkalfar in one’s own home, or one may seek out a place where they dwell if one wishes to ask a favor of them. The best time to approach them is at sunset, for they are not fond of daylight. The appear as very beautiful, though pale, human-like wights in noble clothes. The term “Dark Elves” refers to their abodes, and not to their appearance or moral character.

Dolgthvari – Rock dwelling Dwarf.

Dori – Rock dwelling Dwarf.

Draugr, Draug, Draugar – The undead, or animated corpse, also called aptrgangr (“after-goer”). Draugrs are extremely strong and as such can be very dangerous. They were said to commonly kill the living by applying a massively strong slap to the head. Draugr’s should never be looked at directly as it is said that they can steel vital önd from a person by gazing at them alone. Runes are carved on gravestones to prevent the dead from rising and walking again among men.

Draupnir – (“The Dropper”) Odin’s gold arm-ring, forged by Brokk. Every ninth night eight new rings, as heavy as the original, drop from it. Odin gave the ring to Balder, but he gave it back. Odin later laid it on Balder’s funeral pyre. Balder sent it back from Hellheim with Hoenir.

Dromi – (“The Real Chain”) The second chain the Gods used to tie up the Fenrir wolf. The first was Loding, and the third was Gleipnir. The chains were forged by the dwarves.

Draumkonur – ON. Dream women, able to foresee and interpret through their dreams, a witch or volva

Drop-to-Destruction -The name of the stone door leading into Hel.

Duneyr – (“Rest”) A deer which lives in the world tree Yggdrasil together with three other deer. The second dear is Duratror and the other two are Dwarves in deer shape.

Durathor – (“Slumber”) The deer Durathor lives in Yggdrasil with three other deer. The second deer is Duneyr and the other two are Dwarves in deer shape.

Durin – One of the most mighty dwarves, from the start of time. He knows the destiny of the old dwarves. Together with Dvalin he forged the magic sword,Tyrfing. He is Mimir’s first son, the eldest of Dwarves. He helped his father build the World-Mill to create the fertile soil needed for life on Midgard.

Duva – (“The Hiding”) One of Aegir and Ran’s nine wavedaughters who are said to be the mothers of Heimdall, the guardian of the Bifrost bridge.

Dvalin – A ruler of the dwarves. Dvalin is one of the most powerful dwarves. He was also a skilled smith and able to read runes before any other Dwarf was. He forged the Brising necklace and Tyrfing, the magic sword.

Dvergar – Another name for the Svartalfar or Dwarves.

Dwarf’s Ship – A kenning for intoxication, so called because the dwarves Fjalar and Galar ransomed a ship in exchange for the Mead of Poetry.

Dwarves – See Svartalfar or Dvergar. Dwarves were Ivaldi’s sons, but the Elves were Mirmir’s sons. The Dwarves are short and greedy beings that were magots in the prehistoric Giant Ymir’s body. Like goblins they fear the sun. The Dwarves are often evil-minded, but they are talented smiths and they have forged mostly of the Æsirs’ treasures. They live in knotholes and caves, some of them in Svartalfheim. Nyi, Nidi, Nordri, Sudri, Austri, Vestri, Althiolf (“Mighty Thief”), Dvalin, Nar, Nain, Niping, Dain, Bifur, Bofur, Nori, Ori, Onar, Oin, Modvitnir (“Mead-Wolf”), Vig, Gandalf (“Magic Elf”), Vindalf (“Wind Elf”), Thorin, Fili, Kili, Fundin, Vali, Thror, Throin, Thekk, Lit, Vitr, Nyr, Nyrad, Rekk, Radsvinn (“Swift in Counsel”), Draupnir, Dolgthvari, Hor, Hugstari, Hlediolf, Gloin, Dori, Duf, Andvari, Heptifili, Har, Siar, Skirpir, Virpir, Skafinn, Ai, Alf, Ingi, Eikinskialdi (“Oak Shield”), Fal, Frosti, Finn, Ginnar.

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