In Norse mythology, Lofn (Old Norse, possibly "comforter,") "the comforter, the mild," or "loving" is a goddess. Lofn is attested in the Prose Edda, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson and in kennings found in skaldic poetry. In the Prose Edda, Lofn is described as gentle in manner and as an arranger of marriages, even when they have been forbidden. Scholars have proposed theories about the implications of the goddess.
In the Prose Edda book Skáldskaparmál, Lofn is included among a list of 27 ásynjur names. Elsewhere in Skáldskaparmál, Lofn appears in a kenning for "woman" in a work by the skald Ormr Steinþórsson. Otherwise Lofn appears frequently as a base word in skaldic kennings for "woman."
John Lindow says that scholars have generally followed Snorri's etymological connection with the root lof-, meaning "praise." Lindow says that, along with many other goddess, some scholars theorize that Lofn may simply be another name for the goddess Frigg. Rudolf Simek theorizes that Snorri used skaldic kennings to produce his Gylfaginning commentary about the goddess, while combining several etymologies with the Old Norse personal name Lofn.
- Orchard (1997:104).
- Simek (2007:190).
- Byock (2005:168).
- Byock (2005:43).
- Faulkes (1995:157).
- Faulkes (1995:142).
- Lindow (2001:213).
- Simek (2007:190–191).
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