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  • proper n. The Prophecy of the Vǫlva; the first book of the Poetic Edda.


From the Old Norse völu-, vǫlv-, genitive of vǫlva ("truth-sayer, staff-carrier, prophetess"). (Cognate with the Gothic walus, Old English wala, walu, Old Frisian walu.) Vǫlva is from vǫlr ("rounded staff"), from Proto-Germanic *waluz (“staff, stick”); possibly from Proto-Indo-European *wel- (“to turn”). (Wiktionary)


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