AURVANDILAlso known as AURVANDILL, EARENDEL
Obscure demi-semi-God with claims to literary stardom
Pops up in several places as a heroic figure, and even gets a mention in the original Hamlet story as the Prince of Denmark's father.One legend tells how he was journeying across the icy wastes with THOR. The ground was so cold that his big toes froze solid and he couldn't walk. THOR was forced to amputate them and carry AURVANDIL around in a basket thereafter. (See GROA.) Meanwhile, the frozen toes were flung into the sky where they became the stars Alcor (The Plow/Big Dipper) and Rigel (Orion).
We have it on good authority that AURVANDIL was the inspiration for Earendel, who was the inspiration for Tolkien's Earendil. Somehow Tolkien's legend seems a bit more classy than the broken toes version.
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.
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Location : Scandinavia
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : AURVANDILL, EARENDEL
Popularity index : 2657
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