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Definition of the noun Alvíssmál

What does Alvíssmál mean as a name of something?

proper noun

  1. The Sayings of Alvís (or) The Sayings of the All-Wise; the tenth book of the Poetic Edda.


Alvíssmál is a poem collected in the Poetic Edda, probably dating to the 12th century, that relates a conversation between Thor and a dwarf called Alvíss.

  • also known as Alvissmal

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Google previewGender, Violence, and the Past in Edda and Saga (2012)

by David Clark

Lokasenna is centred either on internal godly strife or conflict between gods and giants, depending on one's view of Loki's heritage, and finally Alvíssmál is a contest between god (Þórr) and dwarf.

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica (1890)

A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and General Literature

Alvíssmál, or the Sayings of Alvis, is actually a philological exercise under the semblance of a dialogue between Thor and Alvis the dwarf. In Vegtamskviða, or the Song of Vegtam, Odin questions a völva with regard to the meaning of the ...

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