- The best of trees | must Yggdrasil be,
- Skíðblaðnir best of boats;
- Of all the gods | is Óðinn the greatest,
- And Sleipnir the best of steeds;
- Bifröst of bridges, | Bragi of skalds,
- Hábrók of hawks, | and Garm of hounds.
One of the refrains of Völuspá uses Garmr's howling to herald the coming of Ragnarök:
- Now Garm howls loud | before Gnipahellir,
- The fetters will burst, | and the wolf run free;
- Much do I know, | and more can see
- Of the fate of the gods, | the mighty in fight.
After the first occurrence of this refrain the Fimbulvetr is related; the second occurrence is succeeded by the invasion of Jötnar (giants) in the world of gods; after the last occurrence, the rise of a new and better world is described.
- Then Óðinn rose, | the enchanter old,
- And the saddle he laid | on Sleipnir's back;
- Thence rode he down | to Niflhel deep,
- And the hound he met | that came from hell.
- Bloody he was | on his breast before,
- At the father of magic | he howled from afar;
- Forward rode Óðinn, | the earth resounded
- Till the house so high | of Hel he reached.
- Then shall the dog Garmr be loosed, which is bound before Gnipahellir: he shall do battle with Týr, and each become the other's slayer.
Bruce Lincoln brings together Garmr and the Greek mythological dog Cerberus, relating both names to a Proto-Indo-European root *ger- "to growl" (perhaps with the suffixes -*m/*b and -*r). However, as Ogden (2013) notes, this analysis actually requires Cerberus and Garmr to be derived from two different Indo-European roots (*ger- and *gher- respectively), and in this opinion does not establish a relationship between the two names. However, the two roots are similar enough that a connection can still be argued. On the other hand, Polish classical philologist Krzysztof Witczak traces Garmr back to root *gʷʰer- "to warm". Witczak contends that the o-grade derivative *gʷʰór-mo-s, with the accent on the first syllable, yields PGmc *garmaz "'the fiery one' (when 'dog from hell')"; while another derivative *gʷʰor-mó-s, whose second syllable is accented, yields *warmaz (> ON. "varmr", OE. "wearm" > E. "warm").
- Orchard (1997:52).
- Bellows (1923.)
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- Lincoln (1991:97)
- Brodeur (1916).
- Lincoln, Bruce (1991). Death, war, and sacrifice: studies in ideology and practice. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. p. 289. ISBN 978-0-226-48199-9.
- Ogden, Daniel (2013). Drakon: Dragon Myth and Serpent Cult in the Greek and Roman Worlds. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 105. ISBN 0199557322.
- Witczak, Krzysztof (2012). "Indo-European *gwh in Germanic" Lingua Posnaniensis. LIV (2). p. 84-86.
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