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Gjúki was the King of the Burgundians in the late 4th century.

Völsunga saga

He is mentioned in Old English Widsith as Gifica and as Gjúki in Norse eddic poem Atlakviða. As one of the earliest kings of the Niflungar, Gjúki's clan is called the Gjúkungar.

In the Prose Edda, Snorri Sturluson says that Gjúki fathered the sons Gunnarr, Högni and a daughter Guðrún. Gjúki's wife was Grímhildr who was a völva.

In Guðrúnarkviða I, Gjúki's second daughter is named Gullrönd while in Skáldskaparmál she is called Guðný. Gjúki's son by another woman is Gutþormr. With the death of his grandsons Erpr, Sörli and Hamðir the line of Gjúki came to an end.

In Hyndluljóð stanza 27, Óttarr is mentioned as being of the race of Gjúki:


Gunnarr ok Högni,
Gjúka arfar,
ok it sama Guðrún,
systir þeira;
eigi var Gutþormr
Gjúka ættar,
þó var hann bróðir
beggja þeira;
allt er þat ætt þín,
Óttarr heimski.[1]


Gunnar and Hogni,
the heirs of Gjuki,
And Guthrun as well,
who their sister was;
But Gotthorm was not
of Gjuki's race,
Although the brother
of both he was:
And all are thy kinsmen,
Ottar, thou fool![2]


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  1. Hyndluljóð at Heimskringla.no.
  2. Hyndluljóð stanzas 26-30, at voluspa.org.
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