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Dofri the Giant

Dofri the Giant

Chapter:
(p.61) 7 Dofri the Giant
Source:
Between History and Myth
Author(s):
Bruce Lincoln
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226141084.003.0007

This chapter focuses on Dofri, a cave-dwelling giant who acts as a foster father of princes and teaches them martial and mystic arts. It considers Dofri as representative of the giants who are closely associated with the essential components of kingship: land, the powers of nature, autochthony, magic and learning, as well as brute force. It also looks at the Dofri story found in the “Tale of Hálfdan the Black,” its similarity to the Grímnismál narrative, and the disjuncture between King Hálfdan and Harald Fairhair. Finally, it examines Heimskringla’s account of the Dofri episode.

Keywords:   giants, Dofri, kingship, autochthony, magic, Tale of Hálfdan the Black, Grímnismál, King Hálfdan, Harald Fairhair, Heimskringla

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