I wrote:
>>varg(r) is a term which means both a dangerous wolf and an outlaw/outcast,
>>which referred to outlaws living as wolves and being just as dangerous. on
>>occasion, it's also used to refer to a shape-shifter in the form of a wolf,
>>as this concept overlaps with that of an outlaw living as a wolf. for the
>>best example, check out the portion of Völsunga saga where Sigurð and
>>Sinfjötli are living as wolves.

Keth replied:
>Varg has a rich set of etymological entries. An interesting question is what
>came first: the meaning as criminal or the meaning as wolf? An interesting
>idea is also the proposal that "varg" may be etymologically related to a
>German word that means "to strangle".

I'm not certain on either, and wouldn't be able to look into it for several
weeks - a lot is going on right now.

>P.S. Why don't you give us the answer, if you have the Volsunga saga within
>reach: does it say vargr or ulfr?

I was providing it as an example of varg - sorry it that was ambiguous.


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