Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Mythology A Norse giant who lived by the roots of Yggdrasil, where he guarded the well of wisdom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A giant who guarded the well of wisdom.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Norse mythology) giant who lives in the roots of Yggdrasil and guards the well of wisdom

Etymologies

Old Norse; see (s)mer-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • It troubles me to suspect that he was also called Mimir; but of this we need not speak, because a thing done has an end, even a killed grandfather.

    Figures of Earth

  • Zhang has been limited with his current sets of infrared data, so he is embarking on an observing program using a special instrument called Mimir attached to the 1. 8-meter Perkins Telescope at Anderson Mesa, also at Lowell.

    Livescience.com

  • Traditionally, an eyepatch signifies wisdom – Odin sacrificed an eye at the Well of Mimir in exchange for knowledge – though not in Thor, where he's played by Anthony Hopkins, who loses his in an argy-bargy with the Frost Giants.

    Anne Billson – Cutter's Way and the great tradition of the film eyepatch

  • Answers about Ragnarok, and you don't even have to trade your eye to Mimir for them!

    Kenneth Hite's Journal

  • Mim or Mimir (see this article from Brittanica), on the other hand, is a wise god who tried in vain to mediate a peace between the warring Vanir and Aesir (Cotterell and Storm 2006: 210).

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • Mimir – I think our history has shown this deference to the Executive in granting (mostly) unfettered ability to select his cabinet, advisers and ambassadors.

    Think Progress » Will Joe Lieberman Oppose John Bolton?

  • Se arrancó el globito ocular sin miramientos (el chiste era demasiado fácil, perdón) y se lo dio a Mimir, que lo tiró al lago para asegurarse de que Odín no lo recuperara (se ve que no sabía nadar).

    veruscio Diary Entry

  • El guardián, llamado Mimir, le explicó que ésa era la fuente de la sabiduría, de la poesía.

    veruscio Diary Entry

  • Deberás pagar el precio de ser sabio y poeta -, le contestó Mimir.

    veruscio Diary Entry

  • Mimir #90, people still think of Al Gore as he was portrayed in the 2000 election, the guy who said he invented the internet and was the inspiration for Love Story.

    Firedoglake » Yeeeowch…A Whole New Low

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