Alvíss (Old Norse: [ˈɑlˌwiːsː]; "All-Wise") was a dwarf in Norse mythology.[1]

Alvíss puts a ring around the arm of Þrúðr, by Lorenz Frølich

Thor's daughter, Þrúðr, was promised in marriage to Alvíss. Thor was unhappy with the match, however, so he devised a plan: Thor told Alvíss that, because of his small height, he had to prove his wisdom. Alvíss agreed, but Thor made his tests last until dawn, when Alviss, because he was a dwarf, was petrified on being exposed to the sunlight.[1]

See also edit

  • Alvíssmál, the poem containing most of the information on Alviss

References edit

  1. ^ a b Lindow, John (October 1994), "Thor's 'Hamarr'", The Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 93 (4): 485–503, JSTOR 27711059, accessed 13 May 2015.