Tofa (Poetic Edda)

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Tófa (Tófu) is the wife of Angantyr and mother of Hervor in Norse mythology. She is mentioned only once the Poetic Edda, in Hervararkviða. The Poetic Edda is part of the Tyrfing Cycle of Old Norse legends.

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!

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Waking of Angantýr (Early Indo-European Texts, Old Norse by Todd B. Krause and Jonathan Slocum)
  2. ^ Tofa Archived 2010-06-20 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Tove, Thorfrithr
  4. ^ Teresa Norman, "Tova." A World of Baby Names. New York: Penguin, 2003. 504.

Other sources[edit]

  • Henriksson, Alf (1998) Stora mytologiska uppslagsboken (Bokförlaget Forum - Bonnier AB) ISBN 978-9137113463

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)