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Does the term Gododdin ultimately derive from the Norse god Odin?

The Gododdin were originally called the Guotodin in Old Welsh. Wikipedia The Gododdin (Welsh pronunciation: [ɡɔˈdɔðɪn]) were a Brittonic people of north-eastern Britannia, the area known as the Hen ...
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Is the House of Odon considered historical or mythological?

I have just been on wikipedia looking through King Charles III's ancestry from father to father and it brought me to Elimar I, Count of Oldenburg whom had a wife that claimed he was descended from ...
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Why was leek considered holy in the Edda?

4 . Then Bur’s sons lifted the level land, Mithgarth the mighty there they made; The sun from the south warmed the stones of earth, And green was the ground with growing leeks. ...
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Have any palimpsests been found in medieval Icelandic (saga) literature?

Old Norse mythology and history are mostly known through Icelandic medieval parchements. Have those been found to include palimpsests, like medieval parchement in Europe has?
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How to translate runic text not knowing the origin? [closed]

I found a runic text (See chapter two of Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth) and I want to translate it, but can't find the symbols in any charts of any bigger runic language. What is ...
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Are there any sources on the Tempestarii?

The Tempestarii were weather mages in the Frankish Empire Recorded and were recorded on by Agobard of Lyons. I read the text he wrote on them but I cannot find other texts on them that go into more ...
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How were foreign names written in runes?

Are there any example of runic writing of a foreign name? Maybe journals or histories from famous warriors, travelers or foes? If so, how they do it with the runes? Basically I'm trying to find ...
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How does a runic alphabet work?

For instance, let's take the Younger Futhark alphabet. How do you build a word? By just getting the first letter or phoneme of the name of each rune? Or do they have a contextual meaning?
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Are there any written records of Norse mythology dated prior to Christianization?

As I understand it, most of what we know about Norse mythology is based on texts written in sagas by Christians in the late Middle Ages. Do we have any contemporary accounts of Norse mythology from ...
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Did Vikings use of water bowls in this unhygenic way?

I am interested in understanding something which I have seen in the film 13th warrior where the Vikings all use the same bowl of water to clean themselves. It also happens in the TV show Vikings (No ...
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Which mythological/historical/fictional character is cited as a symbol for constant improvement or dogged persistence in re-doing his task? [closed]

I would rather ask this if there was a Stacks site for Literature. But, I need to ask it here: I am searching for a mythical or fictional (and if there is one, historical) figure (or tale, or animal, ...
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Is there a symbol associated with Loki from the Norse pantheon? [closed]

I've been looking around for any kind of sign, symbol, sigil, or such that can be said to have anything to do with the deity Loki, of the Norse pantheon. There doesn't seem to be anything as obvious ...
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