From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Búri is licked out of a salty ice-block by the cow Auðumbla in this illustration from an 18th-century Icelandic manuscript.

In Norse mythology, Búri (Old Norse: [ˈbuːre]), is a divinity god 'producer, father' of all other gods,[1] and an early ancestor of the Æsir gods of the principal pantheon in Norse religion. Búri was licked free from salty rime stones by the primeval cow Auðumbla over the course of three days. Búri's background beyond this point is unattested, and he had a son, Borr, by way of an unknown process. Búri is attested in the Prose Edda, composed in the 13th century by Icelander Snorri Sturluson. The Prose Edda includes a quote from a 12th-century poem by skald Þórvaldr Blönduskáld that mentions the figure. Búri's mysterious origins are the subject of scholarly commentary and interpretation.


Buridava was a fort and sanctuary in the Roman province of Dacia on the Danube. The name Buri is attested by the ninth tabula of Europe of Ptolemy's Geography and Trajan campaign, Cassius Dio and inscriptions.[2][circular reference]

Búri receives mention twice in the Prose Edda—once in Gylfaginning and again in a skaldic poem quoted in Skáldskaparmál. The Gylfaginning section reads as follows:

Búri is mentioned nowhere in the Poetic Edda and only once in the skaldic corpus. In Skáldskaparmál Snorri quotes the following verse by the 12th century skald Þórvaldr blönduskáld:

Notes and citations[edit]

  1. ^ Simek (Simek 2007:47).
  2. ^ "Burs (Dacia)".
  3. ^ "Normalized text of R". Archived from the original on 2008-01-05. Retrieved 2005-07-23.
  4. ^ "Finnur Jónsson's edition". Archived from the original on 2008-03-06. Retrieved 2005-07-23.


External links[edit]