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

  • n. A legendary king corresponding to the historical figure of Attila. In the Volsunga Saga he is the second husband of Gudrun.


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  • Then she called Atli, the new man, and bade him seek out Kol, that he might slay him, so Atli took his horse and his sword and spear and departed.

    The Red Romance Book

  • According to both stories, Gudrun, or Kriemhild, later married a king called Atli, or Etzel, who is none other than Attila the Hun.

    Time Patrolman

  • "I seem to be the plaything of fate," he exclaimed, after he had tried in vain to recall Atli's directions; "let fate decide, life is but made up of the castings of a die," and with that he threw his dagger into the air, crying, "Point right, haft left!"

    Vandrad the Viking, the Feud and the Spell

  • There dwelt a man of small wealth called Atli, who was Thorstein's tenant Thorstein bade him come and work with them, and bring with him hoe and spade.

    The Story Of Gunnlaug The Worm-Tongue And Raven The Skald 1875

  • In dying she prophesies the future, telling of Gudrun's marriage to "Atli" and of the death of the many men which will be caused thereby.

    The Nibelungenlied

  • How else could I grow, when I served the drink to the bellowings of drunkards and to the skalds singing of Hialli, and the bold Hogni, and of the Niflung's gold, and of Gudrun's revenge on Atli when she gave him the hearts of his children and hers to eat while battle swept the benches, tore down the hangings raped from southern coasts, and, littered the feasting board with swift corpses.

    Chapter 17

  • Atli ÖrvarssonIcelandic composer/soundscapist Atli Örvarsson was born into a house of music.

    Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: Volume 185

  • Meanwhile, Örn (Atli Rafn Sigurðsson), mourns the four-year-old daughter he lost to a rare congenital disease with a fierceness that borders on obsession.

    September 2008

  • Then spake a counsellor of King Atli, “Better rede I see thereto; take we the thrall Hjalli, and give respite to Hogni; for this thrall is made to die, since the longer he lives the less worth shall he be.”

    The Story of the Volsungs

  • Now falls Atli to thinking of where may be gotten that plenteous gold which Sigurd had owned, but King Gunnar and his brethren were lords thereof now.

    The Story of the Volsungs


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