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This name derives from the Old Norse name “Þorgerðr”, composed of two elements: “Thor (*þónr)” (the thunder, the name of a Norse god, the personification of thunder) plus “garðr” (enclosure, protection). In turn the name means “under the protection of the God of thunder”. In Norse mythology, Þorgerðr Hǫlgabrúðr and Irpa are female “æsir”, divine figures. Þorgerðr and Irpa appear together in Jómsvíkinga saga, Njáls saga and Þorleifs þáttr jarlsskálds. Irpa does not appear outside of these four attestations, but Þorgerðr also appears in the Prose Edda book Skáldskaparmál, Færeyinga saga, and Harðar saga ok Hólmverja and is mentioned in Ketils saga hœngs.
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