"Father", "Producer." A mythical primeval being in Norse mythology, the first man and the progenitor of the gods. He emerged when the proto-cow Auðumbla licked the salty ice-blocks in Ginnungagap to nourish herself:

"She licked the ice-blocks, which were salty; and the first day that she licked the blocks, there came forth from the blocks in the evening a man's hair; the second day, a man's head; the third day the whole man was there. He is named Búri: he was fair of feature, great and mighty. He begat a son called Borr, who wedded the woman named Bestla, daughter of Bölthorn the giant; and they had three sons: one was Odin, the second Vili, the third Vé."

Búri appears in Gylfaginning but not in eddic poetry; Borr's mother is nowhere mentioned.

The name is also found in the catalog of dwarfs in Völuspá.



  • Gylfaginning, 6.