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  • Alraun (Germany) - female demon, invoked with effigy
  • Anneberg - Mine spirit
  • Baduhenna - storm and war goddess
  • Baeldaeg - Balder
  • Bar - water faerie, drowns men, marries Ogir the Dane
  • Bibung - Dwarf protector of ice fairy
  • Bil - waning moon goddess
  • Bilberry Man - spirit of bilberry bush
  • Bruder Rausch - demon of intoxication
  • Cisa - harvest goddess
  • Eckhardt - Friend Tannhauser
  • Erdleute - a dwarf
  • Erlking - evil goblin, lures travelers away
  • Frau Wachholder - tree spirit, female goblin
  • Frau Welt - spirit, supernatural lover who tempts monks (succubus or fairy)
  • Fro Ing - Lord of Alf-heim
  • Goldemar - King of Black Dwarves
  • Gubich - forest demon
  • Hakel-Barend - The Wild Huntsman
  • Hakenmann - merman, malevolent
  • Hamingja - goddess of fortune
  • Held - An additional Norn, bad fairy
  • Hertha - mother of gods
  • Hilde - Valkyrie
  • Hinzelman - Brownie/Kobold
  • Holda - Frigga
  • Hutkin - household spirit, abuses kitchen boy
  • Hylde-Moer - Elder Mother wood spirit
  • Hylde-Vinde - Elder Tree mother
  • Katzenveit - forest demon, traps humans
  • Kinder-fresser - ogre
  • Kornmutter - Corn Mother spirit
  • Laurin - dwarf hero, king
  • Melusine - Nix
  • Mimring - dwarf; wood demon, craftsmanship of metal, swords
  • Norg - hollow tree trunk demon
  • Pulch - wood spirit
  • Rubezal - specter; forest demon; dwarf; mountains, shape-shifter
  • Rumpelstiltskin - ugly dwarf
  • Schilbung - giant
  • Skogsra - Forest maiden, give silver
  • Stalo - Cannibal giant
  • Zeernebooch - Death god, dark

Austrian

  • Ahren Konigen/Ahrenkonigin - God of the harvest; spirit of last sheaf of corn
  • Krampus - malevolent spirit, long red tongue
  • Salgfraulein - wood wife

Belgian

  • Antigonus - town giant
  • Druon - giant
  • Gayant - giant

Danish

  • Knurre Murre - Angry troll (Rumble Grumble)
  • Olsen - problem spirit; poltergeist?
  • Snow Queen - winter fairy queen; love means death

Dutch

English

  • Ainsel - Little elf girl
  • Black Annis - Hag
  • Cutty Dyer (Somerset) - bloodthirsty spirit under bridge
  • Cutty Soams - mine bogle
  • Elder Mother - spirit of elder tree
  • Eostre - Goddess of spring
  • Freybug - black dog
  • Habetrot - ugly but kind fairy
  • Godda - elf wife of Wild Edric
  • Gorm - giant
  • Grendel - Monster slain by Beowulf
  • Grim - giant
  • Grindylow - water demon
  • Hairy Jack - barguest
  • Headless Woman, The - boggart
  • Herne the Hunter - spirit; imposing man, glows, forest keeper, Herne’s Oak, portent of death
  • Jack-In-Irons - roadside bogie
  • Malekin - fairy/changeling in castle, talked to servants
  • Laidly Worm - woman turned in worm
  • Peg Powler - hag
  • Picktree Brag - evil spirit; shape-shifts
  • Scardyng - giant
  • Tom Tit Tot - Rumpelstiltskin-type demon
  • Wade - giant
  • Wandil - giant
  • Woglog - giant
  • Tutivillus/Tom Titivil - demon; records when religious rites are performed wrong

Icelandic

Norse

  • Aarvak - horse of sun
  • Aege - sea god that was enemy of aesir, then became their ally and holds feasts for them
  • Alfadur - Supreme Being; creates new heaven after Ragnarok; possibly same as Odin
  • Alfhild - goddess that dressed as man to avoid marrying King Alf
  • Alsvider - moon horse
  • Alsvin - Sun horse
  • Alvit - Valkyr
  • Andrimnir/Andrimne - Cook of gods
  • Angeyja - water goddess; personification of waves
  • Annar/Anar - husband Nott; father Jord
  • Arvakr - Sun horse
  • Askafroa - wife of ash tree, its spirit, malicious
  • Audhumla - Cow that nursed Ymir
  • Baldr/Balder/Baldur - Son Odin, god of light; killed by Hodur
  • Beyggvir - Attendant Frey
  • Beyla - elf Attendant Frey
  • Bil - Child Mani; waning moon
  • Bragi - God of poetry
  • Brock - Boastful dwarf, brother Sindri
  • Brunhild - Leader of valkyries
  • Dag - Day
  • Dellinger - husband Nott, father Dag
  • Einmyria - Daughter Loki & Glut
  • Eira/Eir - Physician goddess
  • Eisa - Daughter Loki & Glut
  • Elde - Servant of Aegir
  • Elli - Wrestled Thor
  • Farbuti - father of Loki
  • Fasolt - Fafnir’s brother; killed by him
  • Fenrir - Offspring Loki, wolf, bit off Tyr’s hand
  • Fialar - Cock that sounds Ragnarok
  • Fiolnir - Son Frey
  • Fiorgyn - Mother Frigga
  • Flosshilda - In Wagner, a guardian of Nibelung hoard
  • Forseti - Justice god
  • Freki - Wolf at Odin’s feet
  • Frey - Brother of Freya
  • Freya//FreyjaVanadis - love/beauty, magic goddess; sister of Frey; owns shapeshifting cloak, turns Ottar into boar
  • Frigg/Frigga - Supreme goddess; wife of Odin; served by huldra-folk (nymphs)
  • Frodi - Son Frey
  • Fulla/Abundia - Attendant of Frigga (possibly her sister)
  • Funfeng - Servant Aegir
  • Garm - Blood-dog of underworld
  • Gefjon/Gefion - Maid in Frigga’s palace, cares for unwed dead
  • Gerda - Wife of Frey, for whom he gave up his sword
  • Geri - One of Odin’s wolves
  • Gersemi - Daughter Freya
  • Glaur - wife of the moon or the mother of moon and sun by Mundilfari
  • Glut - Wife Loki
  • Gna - Messenger of Frigga; travels through fire & air
  • Gullinbursti - Boar of Frey
  • Gulltopp - Heimdall’s horse
  • Gunlod - Wife Odin, mother Bragi & Skadi
  • Gymir - Daughter Frey
  • Hagen - Son mortal & sea goblin, kills Sigurd
  • Hati - Wolf that pursues sun and moon
  • Haugbonde - nature spirit, guardian of farms
  • Heidrun - She-goat giving milk in Valhalla
  • Heimdall - God guardian against giants; watches Bifrost with trumpet Giallar-horn to announce Ragnarok
  • Hela - Mistress of Hel
  • Hermod - Son Odin, recalled Balder from Hel
  • Hiuki - Child Mani; waxing moon
  • Hlin - Attendant Frigga; goddess consolation
  • Hlora - Heat god that cares for Thor
  • Hnoss - Daughter Freya
  • Hodur - Blind man that killed Balder
  • Hoenir - Odin’s brother; sent to Vanaheim
  • Hordeshyrde - dragon
  • Hraesvelg - giant eagle or winter god in eagle plumes
  • Hugi - Man of Utgard-Loki, won footrace; Thought
  • Hugin - One of Odin’s ravens
  • Huld - troll woman
  • Ithunn/Idun/Iðunn - Wife of Bragi, kept apples of youth
  • Jord/Jörð - Earth goddess
  • Jormundgand/Jörmungandr - sea monster; the Midgard Serpent; encircles the world, living in the ocean depths; will die killing Thor
  • Karl - god of peasants; son of Amma &Heimdall; husband of Snor
  • Kvasir - wisdom god, teaches mankind
  • Lofn - Attendant of Frigga, mild, love goddess
  • Logi - Man of Utgard-Loki, cook
  • Lorelei - Siren maiden/water nymph
  • Lorride - daughter Thor & Sif
  • Mani - moon god; daughter of Mundilfari; marries Glaur
  • Margygr - ugly mermaid
  • Menglad - goddess of healing; Freya?
  • Modgud - woman that guards bridge of Hel
  • Munin - One of Odin’s ravens
  • Naglfari - husband of Nott; father of Aud
  • Nanna - Wife of Balder
  • Narve - Son Sigyn & Loki
  • Nehallennia - goddess of plenty; possibly sea goddess
  • Nerthus - sea/fertility/peace goddess; sister of Njord
  • Nidhogg - Serpent of Niflheim feeding on Yggdrasil
  • Niord - God of sailors
  • Nip - Mother Nanna
  • Odin - King of gods; called Allfather; personification of air or spirit of the universe; god of wisdom and victory; appears as tall man in his fifties; gives up eye to drink from Mimir's Well
  • Odur - Sunshine; Husband of Freya
  • Olrun - Valkyr
  • Rán - Mermaid, sea goddess, wife Aegir
  • Ratatosk - Squirrel of Yggdrasil
  • Rinda - Goddess of frozen earth, wife Odin, mother Vali; possibly a giantess
  • Saehrimnir - Boar gods feast on
  • Saeming - Son Niord & Skadi, first king Norway
  • Saga - Goddess of history
  • Schrimnir - Boar cooked nightly in Valhalla
  • Sif - Wife Thor
  • Siguna - Wife Loki
  • Sjøorm - sea serpent
  • Skadi - Wife of Niord, winter goddess
  • Skirnir - Frey’s messenger, won the god’s sword
  • Skoll - Wolf that pursues sun and moon
  • Skrimsl - sea serpent
  • Skuld - Norn of future
  • Sleipnir - Odin’s horse, 8-legged
  • Smiera-Gatto - household spirit; Butter Cat
  • Snorta - Virtue goddess
  • Sol - Sun
  • Suttung - Brother Gilling, tosses dwarves to sea
  • Svadilfari - Horse helps mountain giants
  • Svanhit - Valkyr
  • Svasud - ancestor of summer
  • Syn - Attendant Frigga, truth
  • Tharapita - war god, servant Thor
  • Thaukt - Hag that refused to weep for Baldur
  • Thok - Refuses to cry for Balder
  • Thor - Thunder god; son of Jord and Odin; great size and strength; loses temper; left in care of Vingnir and Hlora
  • Thora - Daughter king Hakon; wife Helfrat
  • Thrud - daughter Sif, wooed by dwarf Alvis
  • Tyr - God of battle (from earlier Tiwaz)
  • Uller/Vulder - Winter god, son Sif
  • Urd - Norn of past
  • Vali - God of eternal light, son Odin & Rinda
  • Vali - Son Sigyn & Loki (diff from Odin’s son)
  • Valtam - Father Vegtam
  • Vara - Oath goddess
  • Vasud -
  • Ve - Brother Odin (holy)
  • Vedfolnir - Falcon that sits on Yggdrasil
  • Verdandi - Norn of present
  • Vidar/Víðarr - Silent god, son Odin, survives Ragnarok
  • Vili - Brother Odin, helped slay Ymir (will)
  • Vindsual - son of Vasud; father of winter
  • Vingnir - Winged god that cares for Thor
  • Vithafnir - giant cockerel
  • Vjofn - Attendant Frigga, creates love
  • Vor - Faith goddess
  • Wingi - Messenger of Gudron
  • Wyrd - Mother of Norns; personification of fate
  • Zisa - consort Tyr

Giants

  • Aegir - King of sea giants; brother of Kari and Loki
  • Angerboda - Giantess, wife Loki
  • Baugi - giant; bro Sattung
  • Bergjarl - chief of Bergbui
  • Bergelmir - frost giant; son Thrudgelmir; among survivors of deluge
  • Bestla - Frost giantess; mother Odin, Ve, Vili
  • Bolthorn - frost giant; bro Mimr; father Bestla
  • Drifta - giant
  • Eggther - giant guard
  • Farbaunti - giant
  • Foirgyn - giantess
  • Fornjotr - primal giant; father Aegir & Hymir
  • Geirod/Grimnir - giant; son of Hraudung; bro Agnar
  • Gilling - Giant killed by Fialar & Galar
  • Gridr - giantess
  • Gymir - giant; father of Gerd (wife of Frey)
  • Hler - Sea giant
  • Hlodyn - possibly mother of Thor
  • Hrae-svelger - giant, causes chilling north winds
  • Hrungnir - giant that boasts about Thor’s wife
  • Hymir - sea giant; son of Fornjot; bro Aegir
  • Hyrrokin - Giantess oracle; launches Balder’s death barge
  • Iarnsaxa/Járnsaxa - giantess wife Thor
  • Ilse - giantess, daughter Ilsenstein
  • Ilsenstein - giant
  • Kari - giant of air; brother of Loki and Aegir
  • Loki/Loke - Trickster god/giant; brother of Aegir and Kari; blood-brother of Odin; fire giant/demon; swallowed half-burned heart of Gullveig
  • Magni - giant son Thor
  • Mimir - primeval water giant; holds great wisdom
  • Modi - giant son of Thor; wind god; will inherit Mjolnir after Ragnarok
  • Mundilfari - giant; father of Mani and Sol
  • Narfi/Norvi/Norfi - giant father of Nott
  • Nótt - night goddess
  • Rinda - giantess wife of Odin
  • Rosmer - sea giant
  • Rungnir - giant that duels Thor; Thor kills him, but giant’s leg traps him
  • Skade - giantess; daughter of Tjasse; demands payment for father’s death from aesir
  • Skrymir - Giant in whose shape Utgard-Loki led gods
  • Skrymsli - giant, gambles with peasant
  • Surtur - Leader fire giants
  • Svasud - giant, ancestor of summer
  • Tanngniortr - celestial giant
  • Thiassi - Storm giant
  • Thrudgelmir - frost giant; son of Aurgelmir; 6-headed
  • Thrym - Jotun king Giant buries Thor’s hammer
  • Tjasse - storm giant; Iduun given to him by Loki
  • Udar - son of Nott; water god
  • Utgard-Loki - Giant chief; rules castle
  • Vafthrudnir - frost Giant Odin contests wits against
  • Vasud - giant, father Vindsual
  • Vindsual - giant, father winter
  • Ymir/Orgelmir/Aurgelmir - Primeval giant from which all world and creatures come; founder of frost giants

Dwarfs

  • Ái - early dwarf
  • Alberich - Dwarf king (Elbegast, Gondemar, Laurin, Oberon)
  • Alþjófr - early dwarf
  • Alvis - dwarf wooed Thrud, turned to stone
  • Án - early dwarf
  • Ánarr - early dwarf; possibly same as god Anar
  • Andvari - Dwarf under waterfall, magic ring Andvarinaut, fish
  • Aurvangr - dwarf
  • Austri - Dwarf that holds corner of world
  • Báfurr/Bafur - early dwarf
  • Bífurr/Bifur - made Glepnir
  • Bömburr - early dwarf
  • Brokk - helped fashion golden hair of Sif
  • Dain - dwarf; underworld; works with Thrain
  • Davalin - dwarf; hart that ate buds of Yggdrasil
  • Delling - dwarf gatekeeper at castle of Asmegir; father of Dagr
  • Durin/Dyrin - dwarf; with Dvalin & Modsognir, leader; second dwarf
  • Dvalin/Dvalinn - Dwarf smith, makes hair
  • Eikinskjaldi - dwarf
  • Fafnir - Dwarf/giant turned into dragon; killed by Sigurd
  • Fialar/Fjalar - Dwarf that kills Kvasir; bro Galar
  • Fili - dwarf
  • Galar - Dwarf that kills Kvasir; bro Fjalar
  • Gandalf - dwarf of magic wand
  • Harr - Rock dwarf
  • Hreidmar - Dwarf king; greedy
  • Iwaldi - skilled dwarf smith
  • Kili - dwarf
  • Lit/Litr/Litur - Dwarf Thor kicks into fire
  • Modsognir - first dwarf
  • Mjöðvitnir - early dwarf (Modsognir?)
  • Naglfari - husband Nott, father Aud; dwarf
  • Nain - Dwarf of death
  • Nár - dwarf in Eddas
  • Niði - early (creator?) dwarf; waning moon
  • Nordri - Dwarf that holds corner of world
  • Nýi - early (creator?) dwarf; waxing moon
  • Nóri - early dwarf
  • Nýráðr - Eddic dwarf
  • Otr/Ottar/Otter - Dwarf shapeshifter; killed by Loki
  • Ráðsviðr - Eddic dwarf
  • Regin/Reginn - Dwarf; son Hreidmar, foster father Sigurd
  • Sindri - Dwarf smith, makes Draupnir
  • Sudri - Dwarf that holds corner of world
  • Svafrlami - dwarf forges Tyrfing
  • Thekkr - dwarf; possibly Odin’s disguise
  • Thrain/Þráinn - underworld dwarf
  • Þekkr - early dwarf
  • Þorinn - early dwarf
  • Þrór - early dwarf
  • Veigr - early dwarf
  • Westri/Vestri - Dwarf that holds corner of world
  • Vindalfr - early dwarf
  • Vitr - early dwarf


Swedish

  • Dorr-Karing - door spirit
  • Sjore - water spirit of lake Helga

Swiss

  • Elbst - water dragon
  • Napfhans - house dwarf/brownie; gets bowl of cream for doing chores
  • Stratelli - evil (f) wood sprite
  • Strudeli - evil (f) wood sprite