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The inscription reads: Unnulv and Fjolvar traveled this stone after Djure, his father, Redulv's son, and after Harlau, his mother, Fjolvar's daughter at Viksta.

Fjölvar is a being in Norse mythology, possibly a giant, with whom Odin spent time fighting and seducing women on the island of Algroen ("all green").[1][2] This episode was recounted by Odin himself in disguise while boasting of his martial skill and sexual prowess to Thor in the poem Hárbardsljód, one of the Poetic Edda written in the 13th century.[3]

Fjölvar is an Old Norse name still used today, in the Old Norse it was used as an adjective and meant 'very wary, very cautious'.[4][5]


  1. ^ Lindow, John (2002). Norse Mythology: A Guide to Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs. Oxford University Press, USA. ISBN 9780195153828.
  2. ^ Lindbergh, Katarina Harrison (2017). Nordisk mytologi: Från A till Ö (in Swedish). Historiska Media. ISBN 9789175453705. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  3. ^ Cottle, A.S. (1797) Icelandic Poetry. Or: the Edda of Saemund. Archived 2009-02-10 at the Wayback Machine, transcribed by A. Myer.
  4. ^ Lena Peterson: Nordiskt runnamnslexikon (2002)
  5. ^ Leiv Heggstad, Finn Hødnebø og Erik Simensen: Norrøn Ordbok (1997)

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