Tervagant (in later Middle English Termagant) is a god attributed to Muslims in Christian poems.
No-one has shown any way that Tervagant, or the other commonly attributed gods Apolin and Cahu, are in any way derived from authentic Muslim belief. They appear to be Christian slanders. Perhaps Tervagant and the others originally came from Muslims being classed as pagans, being non-Christian, and it being known that the Classical pagans, and Germanic pagans, and Irish pagans worshiped multiple gods. In some stories Vikings are much confused with later Muslim raiders.
The Italian form Trivigante is often considered the older form of the name, but it also is of unknown origin. Some suggest that Tervagant comes from Týr Magan ‘Mighty Týr’, supposedly a cry of Viking raiders. See Tidea for some information on Týr.
Tervagant in Lawman’s BrutEdit
Tervagant in Libeaus DesconnusEdit
When Guiglain (under the title Libeau Desconus) prepares to fight Malgiers, here called Maugis, lords and ladies lean forth from the windows and pray: “Help Libeaus the knight, and grant that that vile giant who believes in Termagaunt may die this day.”
Tervagant in the Vulgate CycleEdit
Tervagant in the Histoire de GrimaudEdit
In drama Tervagant of Termagant was often portrayed as a bullying tyrant in an eastern robe. This led to the common term termagant meaning a loud, bullying person. The eastern robes combined with male actors playing female roles may have inclined some in the audience to understand Tevagant/Termagant as being a woman. In any case, a termagant became mostly associated with female bullies.
Some Name VariationsEdit
FRENCH: Tervagant, Tervagans, Tourvagant, Travagant; ENGLISH: Teruagant, Teruagant, Teruagand, Termagant, Termagaunt, Termagaunt, Termagawnt.