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Edda – Both the name of a woman and the title of Snorri’s Skalding (poetry) primer. The woman Edda bears a son by Rig (Heimdall), who has paid a visit to Midgardhr to foster a new race of humans. The boy is named Thrall and becomes ancestor for the lowest class of people, the serfs.

Eggther – (“Sword Guarder”) The watchman of the Giants, guard of the Giants’ world, Jotunheim. Eggther lives in the forest Galgvid. He is also the the guardian of Volund’s sword of revenge. He plays happily on his harp when he hears the rooster tell that Ragnarok is coming.

Egil – Father of Thjalfi, Thor’s servant, married to a Valkyrie. Brother of Volund the smith, and Slagfin.

Eikinskjaldi – (“Oak Shield”) The Dwarf Eikinskjaldi was a skillful artist.

Eikthrynir, Eiktyrnir – (“Oak Thorn”) The stag on roof of Valhalla, that feeds on the World Tree. Dew drips from his horns and flows into Hvergelmir and then into the rivers

Einherjar – (“”Single Combatants”) Army of all men who fall in battle, they are adopted as Odin’s sons. He allots to them the halls Valhalla and Vingólf. There they await Ragnarok, when they will join the Gods in fighting the Giants. They spend most of their time fighting, eating, and drinking.

Einmyria – (“Ashes”) A daughter of Loki (“Fire”) and Glut (“Glow”). Her sister is Eisa (“Embers”).

Eír – (“Mercy”) Goddess of healing and medicine. One of Frigga’s handmaidens, with Vor and Var. She is one of Freya’s eight sisters and Njord’s daughter. She probably lives in the hall Skimmer with the rest of the sisters.

Eisa – (“Embers”) A daughter of Loki (“Fire”) and Glut (“Glow”). Her sister is Einmyria (“Ashes”).

Eitri [Prounounced Ay-tree] – A Dwarf and metal worker. With Brokk he made the gold boar, Gullinbursti, Odin’s arm-ring and Thorr’s hammer Mjollnir. He was pictured as small and blackened from the smithy.The Dwarf Eitri is son of Ivaldi and brother of Brokk and Sindri.

Eldir – (“Fire-Kindler”) Eldir is Aegir’s cock. During one of Aegir’s feasts, Eldir tried to prevent Loki from getting in, because he knew everybody said bad things about him.

Eldhrimnir – (“Soot From Fire”) The kettle which was used by the cook Andhrimnir to boil the boar Saehrimnir. The meat is given to the hungry einheriars in Valhalla every night.

Elf-Candle – A kenning for the sun.

Eliudnir – Hel’s Hall. Her dish is called Hunger, her knife, Famine, her servant, Ganglati.

Elivagar – Usually spoken of as a river, it is really a narrow stretch of ocean separating Midgard proper from Jotunheimur in the north. This arrangement exactly parallels the Underworld geography: Niflhel is separated from Hel proper by mountains (and perhaps a narrow stretch of underworld ocean as well).

Elli, Elde – Utgardh-Loki’s grandmother. She was asked, as a part of a friendly game, to wrestle Thor because she was the weakest of giants in Utgardh-Loki’s. She wrestling Thor down to his knees. A trick, since the thin but very strong Giantess Elli represents old age.

Elves. Alves – Elves are the sons of Mirmir, while Dwarves are the sons of Ivaldi. See Alfar.

Embla & Askr – Origin of humanity , the first man and woman. The first man, Askr, was made from an Ash tree. His wife, Embla, was an Elm.

Eostre, Ostara – Saxon lunar goddess, patron of springtime and hares (Easter Bunny). The Christian holiday for the resurection of Jesus usurped Ostara’s celebration, and is now called “Easter”. An aspect of the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora.

Erda, Earth, Jörd- (“Earth”) The Earth-Goddess Erda is the mother of Thor, with Odin. Erda is daughter to the Night-Disir Natt/Night and her second husband of three, Annar.

Erilaz – pl., eriloz. A vitki and runemaster who is also a priest (godhi). See Erulian.

Erulian – Member of the ancient gild of runemasters who formed an inter-tribal network of initiates in the Germanic mysteries.

Etin – Developed from OE eoten and ON jötunn. A type of Giant known for its strength. Also a generic name for Giant (in ON Jötunheimr, etc.), which is a living entity of great age, strength, and often great occult knowledge. Etins are usually friendly to the Gods, while Jotuns are unfriendly.

Etin-Home – (ON Jötunheimr) The eastern world, home of all giants.

Etin-Wife – A female Etin taken in magical marriage.

Everfrost – Banquet hall of the giant Brimir. Brimir is probably another name for Yimir.

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