The Poetic Edda’s “Catalogue of Dwarfs”

From stanzas 9-16 of Völuspá:

“Then gathered together     the gods for counsel,

the holy hosts,     and held converse:

who the deep-dwelling     dwarfs was to make

of Brimir’s blood     and Bláin’s bones.

 

Mótsognir rose,     mightiest ruler

of the kin of dwarfs,     but Durin next;

molded many     manlike bodies

the dwarfs under earth,     as Durin bade them.

 

“Nýi and Nithi,     Northri and Suthri,

Austri and Vestri,     Althjóf, Dvalin,

Nár and Náin,     Níping, Dáin,

Bifur, Bofur,     Bombur, Nóri,

Án and Onar,     Ái, Mjóthvitnir.

 

“Veig and Gandálf,     Vindálf, Thráin,

Thekk and Thorin,     Thrór, Vit, and Lit,

Nár and Regin,     Nýráth and Ráthsvith;

now is reckoned     the roster of dwarfs.

 

“Fíli, Kíli,     Fundin, Náli,

Heptifíli,     Hanar, Svíur,

Frár, Hornbori,     Fræg and Lóni,

Aurvang, Jari,     Eikinskjaldi.

 

“The dwarfs I tell now     in Dvalin’s host,

down to Lofar-     for listening wights-

they who hied them     from halls of stone

over sedgy shores     to sandy plains.

 

“There was Draupnir     and Dólgthrasir,

Hár and Haugspori,     Hlévang, Glói,

Skirvir, Virvir,     Skafith, Ái,

Álf and Yngvi,     Eikinskjaldi,

 

“Fjalar and Frosti,     Finn and Ginnar.

Will ever be known,     while earth doth last,

the line of dwarfs     to Lofar down.”

 


 

“Nýi and Nithi” = waxing and waning moon

“Northri and Suthri, Austri and Vestri,” = North, South, East, and West

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