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AURVANDIL

Norse Star God

Also known as AURVANDILL

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 inspired by the ancient EARENDEL, who was also the inspiration for Tolkien’s Earendil. Somehow Tolkien’s legend seems a bit more classy than the broken toes version.

AURVANDIL FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : AURVANDIL
Location : Scandinavia
Gender : Male
Type : deity
In charge of : Stars
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : AURVANDILL
Popularity index : 12081

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Article last updated on 08 January 2014 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

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