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Sent: Thursday, May 16, 2002 8:28
Subject: [norse_course] New Topic
I was thumbing through Zoega today and ran
across a term I'd like some input on.
Usually when I post things like this I get
nothing in response, but I'll try again anyway.
The word is 'Gríðr' and Zoega translated it as
'giantess'. What strikes me is that I've never heard of this word before.
The term 'Þursr' meaning 'giant' is well known and the topic of many
discussions, yet nowhere have I read of a separate word for the feminine
gender of the same 'species?'.
Does anyone know anything about this term and
how it is used? Any instances in the lore that might shed light on this?
Could the word 'Þurs' exclusively mean the male gender of 'giants' or does
it include the female as well, with 'Gríðr' being a rare term?
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