Norse Up: Óðinn, Son of Borr, Son of Búri

February 9, 2021 — Odin Burr Bors (“Óðinn Burr Bors” in Old Norse) translates to “Odin, Son of Borr, Son of Buri.” Búri is attested as the earliest ancestor of the Æsir in the Eddas, and he is the grandfather of Odin. Consequently, Burr is the son of Búri.

“Odin Burr Bors” is a Displate metal print featuring art from Legendo Comic’s upcoming graphic novel short Beyond the Silk Road. A “displate” is a sturdy poster made from metal (not paper nor textile) to hang on your wall. It is magnet-mounted and durable enough to withstand a lifetime of intense staring, regardless of whether you are one-eyed or not.

To check out the Odin Burr Bors Displate, journey to http://vonbey.st/odin

Intriguingly, a warlike Germanic tribe called Buri is reported in the annals of the Roman historian Tacitus who lived in the first century and whose literary work Germania was published in 98 CE.

Although Germania is considered a minor work of Tacitus, he mentions the speech and customs of the Buri-people were like those of the Suebi tribe. Historians have pointed this suggests the Buri people came from the Baltic Sea area, which in this context means from the north-east (you might also find it interesting that in ancient times, the Baltic Sea was known as the Varangian Sea, amongst other names.)

Most scholars are convinced “Búri” is an ancient Indo-European word meaning “one brought forth” or “to be born”, although neofolk specialists Draugablíkk are not quite as sure. Hence, they might delve further into this matter and suggest a different origin. Who knows — and to put it mildly, deeper research into the origins of the Æsir is almost always a worthwhile endeavor.

Björn Larsson

Artisan executive and independent historian Björn Larsson leads Legendo's game-planning efforts with a hands-on approach to artwork and branding. Word in the woods is he reads plenty of compelling literature and often contributes to story-arcs for animation, games, and comics. Björn also manages Legendo Music.





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