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

  • n. Mythology A warrior hero in Norse myth who wins an accursed hoard of gold, awakens Brynhild from her enchanted sleep, marries a princess, and is slain through Brynhild's jealous contrivance.

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  • proper n. The hero of the Volsungasaga who slayed a dragon.

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  • n. (Norse mythology) mythical Norse warrior hero who gains an accursed hoard of gold and was killed by Brynhild; Siegfried is the German counterpart

Etymologies

Old Norse Sigurðr, from sigr ("victory") + varðr, vǫrðr ("guard"). Some sources connect the name with Siegfried, the hero of the Nibelungenlied, but Sigfrid is a saint's name in Scandinavia. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The anti-fascist magazine Searchlight said Breivik exchanged messages with the EDL in the last few months using the name Sigurd Jorsalfare, a reference to the 12th century King of Norway who led one of the Crusades.

    Reuters: Top News

  • The anti-fascist magazine Searchlight said Mr. Breivik exchanged messages with the EDL in the last few months using the name Sigurd Jorsalfare, a reference to the 12th century King of Norway who led one of the Crusades.

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  • Last night the EDL said in an emailed statement that it was "not aware of any contact between Breivik and EDL leadership … of anyone using the name Sigurd and the forum"."

    Breivik sent 'manifesto' to 250 UK contacts hours before Norway killings

  • And it's why I won't tell anything of the plot beyond Sigurd is off to slay a dragon.

    Bloodsong

  • The Plot: Sigurd is born to be a hero; and Bloodsong begins with Sigurd facing the classic hero quest: slay the dragon.

    Bloodsong

  • Many of the names are the same; others are close: Sigurd is a Volson, for example.

    Bloodsong

  • The enigmatic sunstone appears as an extra navigational aid in an Icelandic saga featuring a sailor called Sigurd who, frustrated by the weather, holds a sunstone aloft to locate the sun and so set his ship's course.

    Sunstones could have helped Vikings navigate from Norway to America

  • The Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs, by William Morris Morris's cod-epic poem features a Norse hero called Sigurd who forges a mighty sword in order to attack the dragon Fafnir, who guards a priceless hoard of gold.

    Ten of the best dragons in literature

  • He answered, “I am called Sigurd, son of King Sigmund.”

    The Story of the Volsungs

  • So he was sprinkled with water, and had to name Sigurd, of whom all men speak with one speech and say that none was ever his like for growth and goodliness.

    The Story of the Volsungs

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