Icelandic Horse Names

These aren't exactly Icelandic horse names, but I hope they provide you with some inspiration.

horse in winter

This is part of a tenth century poem named Vellekla which illustrates some of the flavor of Nordic life. It has been translated into English by Samuel Laing.

Hakon the earl, so good and wise,
Let all the ancient temples rise; --
Thor's temples raised with fostering hand
That had been ruined through the land.
His valiant champions, who were slain
On battle-fields across the main,
To Thor, the thunder-god, may tell
How for the gods all turns out well.
The hardy warrior now once more
Offers the sacrifice of gore;
The shield-bearer in Loke's game
Invokes once more great Odin's name.
The green earth gladly yields her store,
As she was wont in days of yore,
Since the brave breaker of the spears
The holy shrines again uprears.
The earl has conquered with strong hand
All that lies north of Viken land:
In battle storm, and iron rain
Hakon spreads wide his sword's domain.

This link will take you to a recording of Haukur ├×orgeirsson reading the poem in Icelandic.

For more ideas for names here is a link to Icelandic fairy tales.

This is a link to Wikipedia's not quite complete compilation of Icelandic sagas. Although I have read only a little of these sagas they appear to me to be very much like today's soap operas and it might be difficult to find a character noble enough to use to name a horse. Still, they are windows into the cultural past.

Follow this link to leave Icelandic Horse Names Inspiration and return to Horse-Report's Horse Names page.