Skrymer proposed that they should lay their store of provisions together, to which Thor consented. With her he begat three children. 1. Line 2 is quoted by Snorri; cf. 53. Útgarða-Loki comments to Þjálfi that he will have to run faster than that, yet notes that he has never seen anyone who has come to his hall run faster than that. 45. Frey could have slain him with his hand. About midnight there was a great earthquake; the ground trembled beneath them, and the house shook. Some have a long, others a short life. Her man-servant's name is Ganglate; her maid-servant's, Ganglot. Skirner went on his journey, courted Gerd for him, and got the promise of her that she nine nights thereafter should come to Bar-Isle and there have her wedding with Frey. There were Njorth and Skathi his wife, Freyr and Freyja, and Vithar, the son of Othin. The dwarfs had first been created and had quickened in Ymer's flesh, and were then maggots; but now, by the decision of the gods, they got the understanding and likeness of men, but still had to dwell in the earth and in rocks. Thorkil kept one of these as a more visible proof of his labours by heaving at it with his friends till it was plucked from the chin of the Men should invoke him in single combat. He needs no food himself. úlfliðr). He is the ward of the gods, and sits at the end of heaven, guarding the bridge against the mountain-giants. , The next morning the group gets dressed and prepares to leave the keep. Frey is the most famous of the asas. Still they said the wolf would be able to snap it. Hel he cast into Niflheim, and gave her power over nine worlds, that she should appoint abodes to them that are sent to her, namely, those who die from sickness or old age. The fifth is Fulla, who is also a may, she wears her hair flowing and has a golden ribbon about her head; she carries Frigg's chest, takes care of her shoes and knows her secrets. Then added Thride: Still there was before a world to the south which hight Muspelheim. What does his story show about the Icelandic gods? Skrymer awoke and asked whether some leaf had fallen on his head; whether they had taken their supper, and were they ready to go to sleep. Then said Ganglere: It seems to me that I have now asked about something that no one can answer. note on introductory prose. He probably means no more than that Thor was off killing giants. What is it? 6. ", Loki spake: 32. She rides upon a horse called Hofvarpner, that runs through the air and over the sea. And when this ice stopped and flowed no more, then gathered over it the drizzling rain that arose from the venom and froze into rime, and one layer of ice was laid upon the other clear into Ginungagap. Added Thride: As cold and all things grim proceeded from Niflheim, so that which bordered on Muspelheim was hot and bright, and Ginungagap was as warm and mild as windless air. Byggvir spake: 43. On Ægir cf. Snorri, in speaking of Frigg's knowledge of the future, makes a stanza out of Lokasenna, 21, 1; 47, 2; 29, 3-4, thus: "Mad art thou, Loki, | and little of wit, / Why, Loki, leavst thou this not? It was scarcely long enough to touch the earth with its tail and head, and you raised it so high that your hand nearly reached to heaven. introductory prose. 160] turned himself into a mare, and so effectually distracted Svathilfari from his task that shortly afterwards Loki gave birth to Othin's eight-legged horse, Sleipnir. Hrungnir's slayer: the hammer; the story of how Thor slew this stone-headed giant is indicated in Harbarthsljoth, 14-15, and outlined in the note to stanza 14 of that poem. This man's name was Bure; he was fair of face, great and mighty, and he begat a son whose name was Bor. Voluspo, 4. concluding prose. Frigg is his wife, and she knows the fate of men, although she tells not thereof, as it is related that Odin himself said to Asa-Loke: Odin is called Alfather, for he is the father of all the gods; he is also called Valfather, for all who fall in fight are his chosen sons. What is distinctive about the Norse His wife hight Sygin, and their sone, Nare, or Narfe. Then said Ganglere: Great tidings you are able to tell of the heavens. Thereupon they took flax and made themselves a net after the pattern of that which they saw in the ashes and which Loke had made. Thence come these two wolves. stanza 36 and note. 32. When Skirner came back and gave an account of his journey, Frey said: This is the reason why Frey was unarmed when he fought with Bele, and slew him with a hart's horn. Answered Har: The next thing was that when the rime melted into drops, there was made thereof a cow, which hight Audhumbla. ], In the thumb of a glove | didst thou hide, thou great one, And there forgot thou wast Thor. Thor, according to Snorri and to the Voluspo, 56, fights with Mithgarthsorm and not with Fenrir, who is killed by Vithar. Then said one of them: From Gna's name it is said that anything that fares high in the air gnas. "Be silent, Freyja! Fjorgyn: Othin; cf. (concerning the whole family) Skirnismol, introductory prose and note, also Voluspo, 21 and note. Huge ran to the goal and turned back, but Thjalfe had not yet gotten to the middle of the course. Made answer Har: The earth is round, and without it round about lies the deep ocean, and along the outer strand of that sea they gave lands for the giant races to dwell in; and against the attack of restless giants they built a burg within the sea and around the earth.
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