The pagination of Gravity's Rainbow used here is for the Viking Press and Picador editions. I am grateful to Steven Weisenburger for identifying Grimm's Teutonic Mythology as one of Pynchon's important sources (Pynchon Notes, 12 [1983J). Some of the notes which follow are intended to supplement his comments. Deutsche Mythologie was first published in 1835. Page references in the following pages are to James Steven Stallybrass's translation of the fourth edition, published in four volumes by W. Swan Sonnen-schein & Allen and George Bell & Sons (London) 1880-8.