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Thread #149463   Message #3479519
Posted By: beardedbruce
14-Feb-13 - 08:49 AM
Thread Name: BS: Saw The Hobbit during the holidays
Subject: RE: BS: Saw The Hobbit during the holidays
"many people here will probably know that the dwarves' names (and Gandalf's) were taken from an Old Norse list of dwarves.

"Vig and Gandalf, Vindalf, Thrain...
Thekk and Thorin, Thror...

Dwalin, Bifur, Bofur, , Bombur...

Fili, , Kili, Oin, Gloin...

but in researching Norse dwarves for something I'm drafting (waiting in my brain and on my hard drive for years) which is a homage to /deconstruction of Tolkien and high fantasy and draws on a LOT of Norse mythology, especially the famous legend of Andvari's cursed, gold-finding ring and Sigurd the Dragon Slayer, which some people will probably realise was Tolkien's favourite Norse legend (and now is also becoming mine). It's the one which inspired Narsil/Anduril in LOTR, and also the character of Smaug."


Elder Edda ( Oxford, 1904 printing)

@Bruce: Please explain?


Tolkien's probable source was the Elder Edda. I have the Oxford 1904 edition, which I have been informed was one he would have used in college.


Presently collecting Childe's probable source books...