One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Either of two 13th-century Icelandic books, the Elder or Poetic Edda (a collection of Old Norse poems on Norse legends) and the Younger or Prose Edda (a handbook to Icelandic poetry by Snorri Sturluson). The Eddas are the chief source of knowledge of Scandinavian mythology.
Either from the name of a character in the Old Norse poem Rigsthul, or from Old Norse óthr ‘poetry’.
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