Here’s How To Pronounce Names From Norse Mythology

There’s no denying that our names are tied to our identity (whether we like it or not) and it’s easy to spell it right if it’s our name or someone close to us. However, spelling the name of other people can be tricky at times especially if their names are not the typical kind of names. Well even those people with easy names also experience having their names butchered from time to time! So with that said, it’s safe to say that it’s undeniably even harder to pronounce names right and that’s not an understatement.                           

In today’s blog post, we’ll talk about how to pronounce the names of gods, goddesses, places, weapons, etc. from Norse mythology.


Norse Names

Aegir - EYE-ear

Aesir -ICE-ear

Alfheim - ALF-hame

Andvari - Ander-vaa-ri

Asgard - As-guard

Ask - Ass-k

Audumla - Ow-doom-lar                  

Baldur - Bal-durr

Bergelmir - Berg-ell-mere

Berling - Bear-ling       

Bestla - Bes-tla

Bifrost - BYE-frost or BEE-frost

Bor - Bore

Brisingamen - Bree-sing-arm-en        

Brokk - Brock

Brynhild - Broon-hill-d

Buri - Boo-ree

Dag - Dag

Draupnir - DROPE-near

Dvalin - Dee-vaa-lin

Eitri - Ay-tree

Elli - El-ly 

Embla - Em-bler

Fafnir - Faff-near

Fenrir - FEN-rear

Fimbulwinter - Fimm-bull-winter

Freyr - FREY-ur

Freya - FREY-yaa

Frigg - Frig 

Geirrod - Gay-rod

Gjalp - Gee-yalp

Gladsheim - Glads-haym

Gram - Grarm

Grani - Grah-nee

Greip - Grape

Grer - G'rare

Grid - Grid 

Grimhild - Grim-hill'd

Gudrun - Goooo-droon

Gullfaxi - Gool-fa-xee

Gullinbursti - Goo-lin-burst-tee

Gullveig - Gool-vague

Gungnir - GUNG-near

Gunnar - Gun-arr

Hati - Hat-ee

Heimdall - HAME-doll 

Hel - Hell

Hermod - HER-modd

Hod - Hodd       

Honir - Hou-near

Hreidmar - H'ray-d-marr

Hrungnir - H'ROONG-near

Hugi - Hoo-yee

Hymir - Hay-mere

Hyrrokkin - Hay-roe-keen

Idunn - I-dunn or I-thoon

Ivaldi - Ee-val-dee

Jormungand - YOUR-moon-gand-(er)

Jotunheim - YOUR-tun-hame

Lif - Leaf             

Lifthrasir - Leaf-thrass-ear

Logi - Lor-gee

Loki - LOW-key or LOCK-ee

Magni - Mag-nee

Midgard - Midd-gard or Mith-gard

Mimir - MEE-mere

Mjolnir - MIOL-near

Modi - Mor-dee     

Mundulfari - Moon-dall-far-ee

Muspelheim - Moo-spell-hame

Nanna - Nan-ner                  

Nidavellir - Nith-a-vell-ear

Nidhogg - Nee-thog

Niflheim - Niff-el-hame

Njord - Nigh-ord

Nott - Not 

Odin - Oh-deen or Oh-thin

Ragnarok - RAG-nar-rock

Ran - Ran 

Ratatosk - Rat-at-osk

Regin - Ray-gin or Ray-in

Sif - Siff 

Sigurd - Sig-gurd

Skoll - Sk-OLL 

Skrymir - Skray-mear

Sleipnir - Sleyp-near

Snorri Sturluson - Snor-ee Ster-loo-son

Surt - Sert 

Thialfi - Thee-alf-ee

Thiazi - Thee-a-see

Thor - Thore or Tor

Thrym - Thrimm

Tyr - Tire or Tee-ya

Urd - Oord

Utgard - Oot-guard

Utgardaloki - Outh-guard-a-lock-ee

Valhalla - Val-HALL-uh

Vali - Val-LEE

Valkyrie - Vall-KI-ree or Varl-KOO-ree

Vanaheim - Varna-heim

Vanir - Var-near

Ve - Vay

Vidar - VEE-dar

Vili - Vee-lee

Yggdrasil - EEG-drass-ill

Ymir - EE-mear

 

References:

https://bavipower.com/blogs/bavipower-viking-blog/how-to-pronounce-names-in-norse-myth

https://cdn.usborne.com/quicklinks-library/extracts/norse-myths-pronunciation.pdf

 

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