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[goo n-nahr, goo n-er]
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  1. Scandinavian Legend. the husband of Brynhild: corresponds to Gunther in the Nibelungenlied.
  2. a male given name.

Origin of Gunnar

< Old Norse Gunnarr, equivalent to gunn battle + herr master; compare Gundaharius, Latinized form of a Burgundian personal name
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  • Time passed and King Giuki died, Gunnar, his son, succeeding him.

    Told by the Northmen:

    E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton

  • And at that Gunnar was sorely troubled, for he loved Sigurd very dearly.

    Told by the Northmen:

    E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton

  • They laid it bleeding on the charger and bore it before Gunnar.

  • Here the death of Gunnar is told by Oddrun his mistress, the sister of Attila.

  • There are seventy-six lines (incomplete) beginning with the colloquy of Gunnar and Hogni.

British Dictionary definitions for gunnar


  1. Norse myth brother of Gudrun and husband of Brynhild, won for him by Sigurd. He corresponds to Gunther in the Nibelungenlied
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