Lýtir

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Lytir (Old Norse Lýtir) is considered a god in Norse mythology and Norse paganism. His name is either related to the Old Norse word hlutr, meaning "lot, share, foretell" or lýti meaning blemish. If the former meaning is assumed, then priests of Lytir would probably have been spámaðr or fortune-tellers. Supporting this etymology is a story about Lytir in Hauks þáttr hábrókar (in the Flateyjarbók) during which a Swedish king consults the god. Lytir's ceremonial wagon was taken to a sacred place where the god entered it and then taken back to the king's hall, where it was used to answer questions.[1] Aside from this passage, Lytir is otherwise unattested except in several Swedish place names that might contain elements of his name, such as Lytisberg and Lytislunda. He may be identical to Lóðurr, one of the three gods creating the two first humans Ask and Embla.

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  1. ^ _____. Flateyjarbók. Guðbrandur Vigfússon & C. R. Unger, Eds. (Christiana: Malling, 1860-1868).