Tofa (Poetic Edda)

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Tófa (Tófu) is the wife of Angantyr and mother of Hervor in Norse Mythology. She is mentioned in Hervararkviða, a poem from the Poetic Edda, part of the Tyrfing Cycle of Old Norse legends.

In the Poetic Edda[edit]

Tófu is mentioned only once, in the legendary saga of Hervor's Waking of Angantyr: [1]

Vaki, Angantýr! || vekr þik Hervǫr,
eingadóttir || ykkr Tófu!
"Awaken, Angantyr! It is Hervor who awakens you,
your only daughter by Tófa!"

Etymology[edit]

The name Tófa/Tófu is a shortened form of Thorfrithr, meaning "beautiful Thor" or "peace of Thor."[2][3][4]

See Also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Waking of Angantýr (Early Indo-European Texts, Old Norse by Todd B. Krause and Jonathan Slocum)
  2. ^ names-meanings.net: Tofa
  3. ^ behindthename.com: Tove, Thorfrithr
  4. ^ Teresa Norman, "Tova." A World of Baby Names. New York: Penguin, 2003. 504.

Other Sources[edit]

Related Reading[edit]

  • Vigfússon, Gudbranðour (with F. York Powell) (1883) Corpus Poeticum Boreale: The Poetry of the Old Northern Tongue, from the Earliest Times to the Thirteenth Century, Volume 1, Eddic Poetry (Oxford: Clarendon Press)