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glum adj
1 reflecting gloom; "gloomy faces" [syn: gloomy, long-faced]
2 showing a brooding ill humor; "a dark scowl"; "the proverbially dour New England Puritan"; "a glum, hopeless shrug"; "he sat in moody silence"; "a morose and unsociable manner"; "a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius"- Bruce Bliven; "a sour temper"; "a sullen crowd" [syn: dark, dour, glowering, moody, morose, saturnine, sour, sullen] [also: glummest, glummer]

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  1. Sad, despondent.

Extensive Definition

Divided between the Æsir and the Vanir, and sometimes including the jötnar (giants), the dividing line between these groups is less than clear. However, it is usually accepted that the Æsir (including Óðinn, Þórr and Týr) were warrior gods, while the Vanir (mainly Njörðr, Freyja and Freyr) were fertility gods. Various other groups of beings, including elves, dwarves and jötnar were probably minor gods, and might have had small cults and sacred places devoted to them.

The gods and their function

Lesser figures

Lists of Norse gods and goddesses contained in the Prose Edda



Pseudo-Norse gods and goddesses

Some characters sometimes presented as Norse deities do not occur in the ancient sources.
  • Astrild (Actually a synonym for Amor and Cupid invented and used by Nordic Baroque and Rococo authors. Might be confused with Freyja.)
  • Jofur (Actually a synonym for Jupiter invented and used by Nordic Baroque and Rococo authors. Might be confused with Thor.)
The following pseudo-deities are presented in Encyclopedia Mythica as Norse.
  • Brono (Claimed to be the god of daylight and the son of Baldr. Original source unknown. Might be confused with Dagr or Forseti.)
  • Geirrendour (Claimed to be the father of the billow maidens. Original source unknown. Might be confused with Ægir.)
  • Glúm (Claimed to be an attendant of Frigg. Source unknown.)
  • Laga (Claimed to be the goddess of wells and springs. May be the same as Laha, a Celtic goddess of wells and springs.'')
glum in Catalan: Llista dels déus germànics
glum in Czech: Seznam severských bohů
glum in Lithuanian: Skandinavų dievai
glum in Polish: Bogowie nordyccy
glum in Portuguese: Panteão nórdico
glum in Romanian: Listă de divinităţi în mitologia nordică
glum in Slovenian: Seznam nordijskih bogov
glum in Serbian: Списак нордијских богова

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