70 Unique Names for Dogs From Mythology and Folklore

Names for Dogs from Mythology Norse, Greek, Roman and Egytian




Mythology offers many meaningful name ideas for man's best friend. The names of gods, goddesses, heroes and monsters can imbue your dog's name with magical powers and mystical abilities that allow them to anticipate your will. Choose your mythological dog name wisely, for some names may become a self-fulfilling prophecy!

These names have been selected as some of the more meaningful and unusual names from mythology along with their stories. Feel free to recommend your favorite names from mythology in the comments section below. We always love new suggestions.

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Badass Big Dog Names from Folklore and Diverse Mythologies
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Lyrical, Mystical and Mythical Names for Dogs 



Nike - Winged Goddess of Victory    Photo Credit By Jörg Bittner Unna 

Greek Goddess Names for Female Dogs


Circe - Daughter of Titan sun god, Helios, and nymph, Perseis, Circe is the goddess of sorcery and transmutation.  On Odysseus' trip home, the Argonauts arrive on her island, Aiaia, and Circe promptly turns Odysseus' men into wild pigs (transmutation). With the advice of Hermes, Odysseus foils her attempt to bewitch him, and secures the release of his men from the spell.  Then the argonauts spend a year on the island with her, feasting and drinking, before setting off on a new adventure.

Calypso - Daughter of the Titan god, Atlas, and Pleione, Calypso enchants Odysseus with her singing and weaving with a golden shuttle.  Her plan is to make him into an immortal and husband for herself, and indeed he stays with Calypso for seven years. In time, Odysseus yearns to return to his faithful wife, Penelope, yet Calypso is not prepared to let him go.  Zeus intervenes, demanding that she set him free, and reluctantly she sends him on his way with refreshments for his journey. Calypso translates as, "concealing knowledge; subtle or wiley."

Daphne - Naiad or water nymph, Daphne, attracted the attention of Apollo.  As a chaste nymph, she sought to escape his attentions, and prayed to her father, river god, Peneus, for salvation.  Her father turned her into a laurel tree to escape ravishing, much to Apollo's disappointment.  In turn Apollo memorialized his grief at the loss of the lovely Daphne by fashioning a wreath of laurels from her branches, that he forever wore on his head.  The laurel wreath is considered a trophy of champions and war heroes. Name your girl Daphne if you are seeking a triumphant competition dog.

Echo - Echo was an Oread, or mountain Nymph. Zeus enjoyed cavorting with these beautiful nymphs, and Echo was charged with distracting Zeus' jealous wife, Hera, whenever she arrived to investigate his whereabouts. Echo did so by engaging Hera with endless conversation, while Zeus made his escape.  Realizing that Echo's endless prattle was a ruse, Hera became incensed with the girl and cursed her. Echo was doomed to never speak her own words again, instead she could only repeat that which had been spoken to her.

Following Echo's change in circumstances, a hunting party entered the woods, and Echo became enamoured of one of the hunters. The beautiful Narcissus, had strayed from his party and captured Echo's fancy.  She longed to call out to him, but was prevented by the curse.  Eventually, he called out for his friends, and Echo was able to repeat his calls, "Is anyone out there?" Hearing her reply, he called out, "Come to me." she repeated his phrase and ran to him. Yet Narcissus was revolted by Echo.  He found her constant repetition of his words a form of mockery.  Echo retreated from him in shame and horror.  Not long after this encounter, Narcissus knelt by a quiet pond to have a drink of water. Upon seeing his own reflection, Narcissus fell in undie love with himself. Again and again he reached for the beautiful boy's image, but just as he touched the water's surface, his beloved disappeared.  Obsessed with his own reflection, it was here by the waters edge that Narcissus died, pining for affections of his own image.

Echo was broken hearted at the boy's demise, and prayed to the gods for his renewal.  Narcissus found new life as a flower, also known as the daffodil. Here his golden head bows at the water's edge, admiring his own reflection for all eternity. Echo eventually retreated to a cave in the mountains, pining over Narcissus and her inability to converse with anyone meaningfully. She too wasted away, until all that was left of her was her voice, which still hollowly repeats the calls from visitors to the mountains.  Narcissus is where we derive the words narcissistic and narcissist, a pathologically self obsessed individual.

Leto - The mother of Artemis and Apollo, Leto plays a minor role in the pantheon after raising her twin children. After catching the eye of Zeus, Leto is left pregnant and cursed by Zeus' jealous wife, Hera.  As a result of Hera's curse, no land will allow Leto to give birth on it.  Leto searches endlessly for a place to give birth, and finally stumbles upon a floating island.  Since it is not attached to the ocean floor, it is not strictly considered land.  Here Leto gives birth to the gods, Apollo and Artemis (the Letoides) and raises them to their adulthood.

Memphis - Daughter of the Nile and main water Nymph of the well of Memphis. The Egyptian city was named in her honor.

Nemesis - Goddess of Retribution.

Nike - Winged goddess of victory, she flies over the battlefield bestowing glory and fame on the victorious warriors. The daughter of the Titan Pallas and goddess Styx, her Roman equivalent is Victoria.

Nyx - Greek primordial goddess of darkness. Nyx is rarely mentioned in myth, except as an ephemeral being in veiled shadows seen only at the edges of darkness.  She is noted for her beauty and tremendous power; even Zeus sits in awe of the powerful Nyx.  Nyx makes a good name for a powerful female dog with dark coat. 

Pallas - Daughter of the god Triton, Pallas and her companion Athena were raised alongside each other by him. The two warrior girls spared often with weapons of war.  Zeus, looking down on his beloved daughter Athena, mistock a mock fight for deadly combat. To protect Athena, Zeus distracted Pallas, and Athena, expecting Pallas to defend against a blow, inadvertently killed her dear friend.  To honor Pallas, Athena erected the Palladium, and took on Pallas' name as part of her own, Pallas Athena, to give her immortality.

Penelope - The faithful wife of Odysseus, she waits twenty years for Odysseus to return from the Trojan War.  During this long wait, many men seek the presumed widow's hand in marriage, 108 suitors to be exact.  Yet Penelope believes in her heart that her husband is still alive, and will one day return to her.

Penelope devises many schemes to put off her suitors. In one instance, she says she must weave a burial shroud for Odysseus' father before she can marry again. For three years she weaves by day, then unravels the shroud by night. Through such tricks and roadblocks, Penelope manages to delay a wedding until the hero's return. Name your dog Penelope, if you want a faithful companion; you can call her Penny for short.

Psyche - A mortal princess, Psyche is the youngest and most beautiful of three enchanting sisters. Her beauty was so great, men began to worship her, and left Aphrodite's temple alters barren of offerings. Furious, Aphrodite enlists Eros to punish the young beauty by using his arrows to cause her to fall in love with a hideous man.  As Eros is on his way to inflict the punishment, he scratches himself with his own arrow. Eros falls hopelessly in love with Psyche, and with the help of Zephyr, he spirits her away to a beautiful palace to be his bride.

Psyche never sees her new husband, he arrives after dark and leaves before dawn everyday. In fact, Eros tells her it is a condition of their marriage that she must trust him, and never attempt to see him with a light. From their evenings together, she is aware that her new husband has wings, and it was foretold that she would give birth to a winged serpent that would devour men. In due course Psyche becomes pregnant.

Psyche is happy in her marriage, until her sisters are allowed a visit.  Zephyr brings the older sisters to the palace, and they are immediately consumed with jealous when they see her sumptuous surroundings. They convince Psyche that her husband must be a repulsive winged monster, and suggest that she hide an oil lamp in the bedroom along with a dagger to kill the monster as it sleeps. Psyche does as they suggest, and when she lights the lamp, she finds that her husband is the most beautiful creature she has ever seen. In her surprise and awe, Psyche knicks herself with the dagger, thereby causing her to spill hot oil from the lamp on Eros. Eros wounded, awakens and deserts Psyche for breaking her promise and failing to trust him. Psyche is filled with grief and longing for her husband.

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  Psyche on the River Styx                       Photo by Évariste Vital Luminais

After a long search for her husband, Psyche comes to the conclusion that she must make amends to Aphrodite, mother of Eros, if she is ever to be reunited with him. Aphrodite's heart is hard, and she sets a series of impossible tasks for Psyche to accomplish. First the goddess throws a variety of grains, barley and dried legumes on the floor, and demands the the girl sort them into separate piles by dawn.  Taking pity on her, an ant enlists the local insect population to assist Psyche in the sorting; by dawn the task is accomplished.

In subsequent tasks, Psyche is again assisted by the supernatural. She is charged with gathering golden fleece from the ferocious golden sheep belonging to Helios. Here a kindly reed on the edge of the water suggests that she seek out the brambles, and gather the wool tangled on them.  In her third task, to collect black water from the source of the River Styx, Zeus intervenes and sends his eagle to help her accomplish this task.  Finally she must descend into Hades to bring back a box of Persephone's beauty, as Aphrodite's beauty is faded from the strain of caring for her wounded son, Eros. A tower Psyche was intended to leap off of in order to end her life, tells Psyche the secrets to crossing the Styx both ways (coins to pay Charon are to be hidden under her tongue) and how to distract Cerberus with honeyed cakes carried one in each hand, to enter and exit the Underworld. Psyche succeeds in retrieving the box, but is again consumed with curiosity, and desirous of enhancing her own beauty, she opens the box. There is nothing in the box, except sleep. Psyche falls into a coma.  Meanwhile, Eros has healed and escapes his mother's home to search for Psyche.  He finds her in a meadow, deeply asleep. Eros removes the sleep from Psyche's face, and replaces it in the box, then carries her up to the gods. Eros pleads his case, that they should make her immortal, so that they may be married as equals.  Zeus agrees, with arrangement that one day Eros will use an arrow to help Zeus with a future conquest, then Psyche is given the ambrosia of the gods and made immortal. Psyche is the Greek word for "soul, spirit, breath, life."


Selene - Goddess of the moon, Selene is a Titan daughter; her Roman equivalent is Luna. Selene is the daughter of Hyperion and Theia. She is the sister of the sun god Helios and of the goddess of dawn, Eos. Selene is remembers has having  thick hair and driving a chariot across the sky by night, just as her brother Helios does by day.

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Greek God Names for Male Dogs


Ares - Greek god of war, violence and bloodshed, his sacred animals include vultures, venomous snakes, dogs and wild boar.  Ares is the least popular of the the Greek gods on Olympus and Earth; he is known to be moody and unreliable. As a god of war, Ares represents the chaos of conflict, while Athena, goddess of war, represents military strategy.

Charon - The Ferryman of the River Styx, Charon (also Kharon) conveys newly passed souls across the Styx which divides the world of the living from the world of the dead. A coin is placed in the deceased's mouth for payment to Charon for passage. Those who cannot afford to pay Charon are doomed to wander the earth 100 years before crossing to the underworld.

Erebus - A primordial deity, Erebus is the god of darkness and shadow. Erebus makes a good name for a female dog with a dark coat.

Eros - A primordial deity, Eros is the god of love and attraction. Eros is portrayed with wings, sometimes as a child and other times as a young adult; his Roman counterpart is Cupid. Eros carries arrows which have the ability to cause anyone pierced by them to fall madly in love with next person they see.  Eros inadvertently scratches himself with his own dart, and then falls hopelessly in love with Psyche, whom he has been commissioned by Aphrodite to punish.  Instead, he steals her away with the help of Zephyr, and takes her as his bride. (See Psyche for the full myth).

Helios - Titan god of the Sun.

Hermes - The messenger of the gods, he represents travel, communication, commerce and is a protector of livestock.  Hermes s often pictured with winged sandals, a traveler's cap and holds a caduceus. Hermes travels freely between the world of the living and the world of the dead, and accompanies newly departed souls to the underworld. His Roman equivalent is Mercury.Known for his speed, Hermes or Mercury makes a good name for a herding dog.

Hyperion - Titan god of light, he is the father of Eos (dawn) Helios (sun) and Selene (moon).

Midas - A mortal king granted one wish for his kindly treatment of Silinus, an old companion of Dionysus, the god of wine.  Midas wished for a touch of gold, but once granted, he soon regretted it.  Midas found that everything he touched, including his food and his daughter turned to gold statuary. Midas petitioned to have the gift removed, and was sent to the River Pactolus to bath in it.  As the gift was removed from Midas, it turned the sands of the river gold.  Midas makes a good name for a golden dog breed like the Irish Setter or Golden Retriever.

Pontus - Primordial deity, Pontus is the God of the sea and the father of fish and all sea creatures.

Sirius - The dog star, Sirius is the brightest star of Canis Major. Sirius is attributed as the hound of Orion the hunter, Zeus' companion as well as with Orthros, as the hound of Geryon the Giant.

Zephyr - God of the warm, gentle West wind. 




Cerberus  the Three-headed Hound of Hades             By Pearson Scott Foresman


Badass Dog Names from Mythology for Big Dogs


Cerberus - Greek mythological "Hound of Hades."  Cerberus is a three headed dog with a serpent tail that guards the entrance to Hades.  Hercules' twelfth task was to capture Cerberus, and bring him to Eurystheus. Not that Eurystheus actually wanted the Hound of Hades, but he selected the task as one he believed would be impossible to accomplish.  Hercules, with the help of Persephone, Queen of the Underworld, captures the Cerberus and delivers him to Eurystheus.

Colossus - The Colossus of Rhodes was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, prior to its destruction by an earthquake. The colossus was constructed in 280 BC and was dedicated to Helios, the Titan god of the sun.  It was the tallest statue in the ancient world, standing approximately as tall as the statue of liberty, from her feet to her crown.  The colossus stood at the entry to Rhodes City harbor, on the Island of Rhodes.

Bashmu - Assyrian and Babylonian monster akin to the Hydra. The Bashmu was a horned serpent with forelegs and a pair of wings that consumed fish, birds, wild asses and men.

Behemoth - The Behemoth is a mythological beast of gigantic size and supernatural characteristics. It makes its first appearance in the Bible (Job) and appears at the dawn of time with its counterpart, the aquatic Leviathan. It is said the have a tail the size of a tree trunk, to suggests its gargantuan proportions. Legend has it that on Judgement Day, the Leviathan and Behemoth shall be reunited in an epic battle in which they slay eachother.  Their remains will be served up in a feast for the righteous and faithful.

Bunyan - American folklore tells of a gigantic lumberjack, Paul Bunyan and his pet blue ox, Babe.  The 10,000 lakes of Minnesota were said to have been created by their footprints. Furthermore, the Grand Canyon was created by him dragging his axe across the ground behind him. Name your badass, blue pitbull female Babe, after Bunyan's blue ox.

Chimera - Greek monster with three fire breathing heads, the Chimera possessed a serpent tail with a serpent head on it, the head of a goat protruding from its back, with the head and forefront of a lion. A female monster, she ravaged Asia Minor and the city of Lycia in particular. She  is also sister to the Hydra and Cerberus.

The King of Lycia charged Bellerophon with the killing of the Chimera. Bellerophon had the good fortune to own Pegasus, the winged white horse, foaled by Medusa at her death at the hands of Greek hero, Perseus. By virtue of Pegasus aided flight, Bellerophon was able to shoot arrows down on the Chimera at a safe distance from her fiery breath.  He dealt the final death blow by affixing lead to the tip of an arrow, which became molten from her breath as it traveled towards her, ultimately choking her on the hot plug of lead.

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The Chimera, sister to the Hydra and Cerberus, the Hound of Hades.


Galigantus - The fairy tale, Jack the Giant Killer, is tied to the legend of King Arthur.  Jack slays a series of giants that have been plaguing the region, the last of which is Galigantus.  In his castle, Galigatus holds a number of hostages including knights and ladies of the court.  Within the castle resides a sorcerer who has transformed a captive Duke's daughter, into a white doe.  Jack kills Galigatus, and the sorcerer flees, releasing the young lady from the spell.  Jack returns to King Arthur's court with the freed hostages, and is granted the hand of the Duke's daughter and a territory of land as his reward.

Goliath - Philistine champion, Goliath, steps forward during a confrontation with the Israelites, and requests that they too put forth a champion to decide the conflict in a single combat.  The earliest texts, the Dead Sea Scrolls, place the height of Goliath at six feet, nine inches, while later texts put him at nine feet nine inches tall.  David accepts the challenge armed with five stones and a sling, and succeeds by striking Goliath in the center of his forehead, and felling him, with a single shot.  David then decapitates the giant, and takes his head and armour. The Philistines flee.

Gorgon - The three Gorgons are sisters, two of which are immortal and the third, Medusa, who is not immortal, and is eventually slain by Perseus. The Gorgons were a popular image in Greek culture, and their serpent ringed heads adorned many entranceways as a form of protection.  The Gorgon's intense gaze could turn men to stone.  Perseus is able to stalk Medusa, by using his shield as a mirror to determine her whereabouts. Medusa's reflected gaze was not powerful enough to turn him to stone, and so he beheads her and places her head in a sack, which he later uses to turn enemies to stone.

Hercules - The Roman version of Heracles, the half god half hero, son of Zeus and a mortal mother.  Hercules is best known for accomplishing the 12 Labors, each of which was deemed to be an impossible task. Renowned for his great courage and strength, it is said that Hercules developed his super human strength by carrying an ox calf on his shoulders every day around the Augean stables.  Each day the calf grew, and so Hercules incrementally increased his strength, until he could carry the full grown ox with easy around the stables.

Hydra - The Hydra of Lerna was a waterborne serpent with many heads, each of which emit poisonous fumes. The Lake of Lerna itself was believed to be a portal into Hades. Hera, the jealous wife of Zeus, had raised the Hydra specifically to combat Hercules, son of one of Zeus' love affairs. For every head chopped off of the Hydra, two would grow back in its place.  Hercules' second labor was to kill the Hydra, which he accomplished with fire and sword. Hercules prevented the regeneration of heads, by scorching the neck with a torch after each decapitation, thus preventing a new pair of heads from regenerating. Hercules dipped his arrows in the Hydra's poisonous blood after her slaying, later using these poisonous arrows to slay monsters in subsequent labors.

Ladon - The serpentine dragon that guards the Golden Apples by winding itself around the base of the tree, in the quiet Garden of the Hesperides. In Hercules' eleventh labor, he was ordered to steal the golden apples of the Hesperides, the gentle Nymphs of the Evening. The day after Hercules fells the Ladon, Jason and the Argonauts observe Aegle, one of the Hesperides, mourning over the still twitching body of the Ladon in their gentle garden.

Leviathan - A Biblical sea monster or serpent of gigantic proportions associated with chaos and evil. The Leviathan and Behemoth are both primordial beings which will meet again at Judgement Day for a final conflict. Name your big dog Leviathan, and you can call him Levi for short.

Orthrus - The two-headed guard dog, brother to Cerberus, Hydra and Chimera. Orthrus (also Orthus) is charged with guarding Geryon's cattle (Geryon is a two headed/three bodied giant) . In Hercules' tenth labor, he is charged with stealing Geryon's red cattle.  In order to accomplish this labor, Hercules slays Orthrus, Geryon and Eurytion, master of Orthrus.

Samson - One of the last "judges" of Israel, prior to the institution of kings, Samson was a Nazirite.  He was given great strength by God that allowed his to perform superhuman feats.  Among them were his killing of a lion with his bare hands and destruction of the entire Philistine army single-handedly, with just the aid of the jawbone of an ass.  Part of his Nazirine vows dictated that he not cut his hair.  He was betrayed by his lover Delilah, when she had her servant cut his hair as he slept. Samson lost his strength as a result of breaking his vows, and was given over to the Philistines.  To humiliate the once great hero, they gouged out his eyes, and forced him to grind millet in a mill.  Eventually he was taken to their temple, where he claimed exhaustion from the travel, and asked to lean against one of the pillars. Samson prayed for his strength to return, and God granted his request.  Samson then pushed the pillar from its foundation, causing the collapse of the temple; killing himself and the Philistine worshipers within the temple. Samson is considered to be the Israeli version of Heracles.

Sphinx - The sphinx in Greek tradition is female and merciless, while the Egyptian version is seen as male and more benevolent. In both instances the Sphynx is a guardian comprised of a lion body with a human head; occasionally the sphinx is depicted with wings.  In greek myth, the Sphinx guards the entrance to the City of Thebes.  Here she asks travellers a riddle; those who cannot answer her riddle are devoured by her.

As a traveller to Thebes, Oedipus is greeted with the riddle, "What speaks with one voice and walks  four footed,  two footed and three footed?" He answers correctly, "Man, who crawls on for legs as a baby, walks on two legs as an adult, and walks with a cane as the third leg in old age." In some versions, the sphinx asks a second riddle, "There are the two sisters, one who gives birth to the other, who in turn gives birth to the first. Who are they?" Again, Oedipus answers correctly, "They are Night and Day." Bested, the Sphinx throws herself from high up upon the rocks below and kills herself.

Styx - Greek Titaness of the underworld and the River Styx, she is the personification of hatred.

Talos - A giant formed from bronze by Hephaestus, and given to Zeus to give to Europa as her protector.

Thunderdel - This two headed giant is best known for his chant, "Fee, Fi, Fau, Fum; I smell the blood on an English mun." Jack the Giant Killer eventually beheads the giant with the aid of the moat's drawbridge surrounding the giant's castle.

Titan - In Greek mythology, the Titans are a race of gods and the forebears of the Olympians, and are descended from the Primordial Deities. They ruled during the legendary Golden Age. Individual Titans will be explored further in this list. In modern English, titan refers to anything of enormous size or strength.

Zeke Midas Wolf - The Big Bad Wolf of the Three Little Pigs fairy tale is also known as Zeke Midas Wolf.

Egyptian myth sphinx
The Great Sphinx of Giza       by Berthold Werner

Norse Names for Dogs from Myth


Asgard -
One of nine worlds, Asgard is composed of 12 realms, including Valhalla.  Asgard is the home to  the Aesir gods, who are ruled by Odin and Frigg.

Baldr - Son of Frigg and Odin, Balder or Baldur, is the god of joy, purity, light and the summer sun. Beloved by all of the gods, it is said that his body emitted light as a result of his pure goodness and generosity. Prophecy foretold that Baldr would be killed by mistletoe. Upon hearing this, Loki, the mischief maker, created an arrow made from mistletoe, then joined the gods in their new game of hurling objects at Baldr, as they always bounced off of him. Loki arms the blind god Hoor with a bow and the arrow, and Hoor releases the mistletoe projectile at Baldr. Some legends hold that Loki directed the arrow personally, however accomplished, the arrow hits its mark and flies through Baldr's body, killing him. Baldr is burned in a funeral pyre on his ship along with his horse and his wife Nanna, who dies of grief during his funeral. Baldr's death heralds the destruction of the gods at Ragnarok. 

Beowulf - Scandinavian in origin, but preserved as the oldest written English poem, Beowolf recounts the tale of the eponymous character and his battle with the monster Grendel.  Grendel has been devouring the King of the Danes' men within his mead hall.  Hearing of the ongoing slaughters, Beowulf  sails there to test his skills against the monster.  He succeeds in killing Grendel, thereby enraging Grendel's mother.  Beowulf then slaughter's the beast's mother, with a giant sword found in her lair. Beowulf returns home and becomes King of the Geats.  50 years later he slays a dragon, but is mortally wounded in the conflict.

Freyja - Norse goddess, Freyja (also Freya) is associated with love, beauty, fertility, war and death. Freya rides a chariot drawn by two cats, wearing a cloak made of falcon feathers. She is accompanied by a pet boar, Hildisvini. The most beautiful of the goddesses, when Fryeya rides into battle, she gets one half of the slain, while Odin receives the other half.  His are taken to Valhalla, while hers reside with her in her hall Sessrumnir. She is the twin sister of Freyr, the most glorious of all of the Norse gods.

Fenrir - A monstrous wolf, Fenrir is the son of Loki.  He is also father to wolves  Sköll (which means treachery) and Hati Hróðvitnisson which means He Who Hates. It is foretold that Fenrir will kill Odin, and in turn be slain by Odin's son, Vidar.

Frigg - Wife of Odin and goddess of foreknowledge and wisdom. Everyone's favorite day of the workweek, Friday, is named for Frigg.

Freyr - Brother to the beautiful Freya, Freyr is associated with virility, prosperity as well as sunshine and fair weather.  He brings peace and pleasure to mankind. He rides a shining boar, made by dwarves and possess a ship that always finds favorable winds, which can be folded up and put in a travel sack, when not in use. Name you male dog Freyr if you are seeking a peaceful and prosperous existence.

Loki - Mischievous Loki is half god and half frost giant.  He wishes to aid the other Norse gods and be accepted among them,  yet his frost giant half tends to make him unreliable and frequently belligerent to the Norse gods. Loki's hand in killing Baldr sets in motion the end of the gods at Ragnarok.

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Odin flanked by his familiars

Odin - Odin is associated with wisdom, poetry, the runic alphabet, death, healing, sorcery, frenzy and the gallows.  He is depicted with a long beard and one eye missing; he wears a broad rimmed hat and carries a spear called Gungnir.  He is the father of Thor and Baldr, and is accompanied by his familiars, the wolves Geri and Freki, as well as two ravens Huginn and Muninn. Odin receives half of the slain after battle, with the balance going to Freya. He is associated with creation in that he slays the primordial being Ymir, and gives the gift of life to the first two humans, Ask and Embla.

Ragnarok - The Norse equivalent of Revelations, Ragnarok is a series of foretold events, including natural disasters and an epic final battle, that leaves many of the primary Norse gods dead in its wake. Odin, Thor, Freyr and Loki all meet their ends in Ragnarok. In the aftermath, the world will be renewed after having been submerged in water. The dead gods are then resurrected, in order to join the surviving gods. Finally, mankind will be repopulated by two surviving humans.

Thor - Perhaps the most popular of the Norse gods, Thor is the hammer-wielding god of thunder, lightning, storms, strength, oak trees, protector of mankind and fertility.  Thor rides a chariot drawn by two goats, his hammer is named mjolnir, and other accoutrements include a magic belt, steel gloves and a staff.  Thor is merciless in his slaughter of his foes. Thursday, Thor's Day, is named for this god.

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Thor and his mighty hammer


Lyrical, Mystical and Mythological Names for Dogs


Mythology is born of ancient tales passed down via bards, who sang tales of heroic adventures, and poetry stored as some of the earliest texts, such has the Iliad, recounted by Homer. These names pay homage to those early instruments that preserved the religious and historical epics across our ancient cultures.

Ballad -  A simple narrative poem of folklore origin,
Chronicle - A history of events.
Epic - Often a long poem recounting heroic and majestic events.
Fable - A short tale that teaches a moral lesson.
Gallant - Brave, noble-minded or heroic.
Haiku - Japanese verse.
Idol - An image or material object that represents a deity.
Legend -  A body of stories, handed down by oral tradition, that revolve around a particular character. The individual around which tales of bravery and noble deeds center.
Lyric -  Poems composed to be accompanied by the lire.
Myth - Stories composed of deities and semi-deities that explain natural phenomena, rite or practice.
Ode - Lyrical poem.
Rhyme - Poem or verse with corresponding rhyming at the end of each phrase. Logic, Sense or plan.
Rune - A poem or saying used in magical spell casting.
Saga - Epic tale or history.
Stanza - A division of poetry formed in sets of lines often with a rhyming scheme.
Valiant - Bold, heroic or stout-hearted.


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