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    Need Help with Edda and Phoenix Fable

    Hello to all!

    I thought maybe someone well versed on the Eddas could help me out here. In the poetic Edda there is a fable/story/legend about the Phoenix that flies off, nests, and burns itself together with its egg. The story continues on and mentions that from the Phoenix's ashes emerges a red "worm."

    My question is this, was the original Old Icelandic word for worm and snake the same at one time? Should I write snake or worm here in the translation? I know that Swedish has two separate words for snake and worm, but for some reason, and maybe I am confused, I seem to remember reading somewhere that in Old Icelandic the word "Orm" was used for both critters.

    Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

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    according to this: http://www.northvegr.org/zoega/h323.php

    it's snake, worm would be wyrm. Hope that helps:-)
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