How many words are there in Icelandic for the devil?
SvarIt is difficult to say how many words there are for devil in Icelandic. Most of the known examples owe their existence to the fact that it was not considered proper to name the devil, so he was referred to by nicknames or by mutation of his name. In the Icelandic thesaurus the following words are listed under fjandi (devil):
- sá fetótti
- Gamli í Niðurkoti
- sá í neðra
- sá vondi
Under kölski (devil) one can find more names:
- sá eineygði
- sá gamli
- sá gráskjótti
- sá hrosshæfði
- sá kolbíldótti
Translated by Paul Richardson.
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Um þessa spurningu
Guðrún Kvaran. „How many words are there in Icelandic for the devil?“. Vísindavefurinn 5.3.2005. http://visindavefur.is/?id=4793. (Skoðað 22.5.2013).