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25.10.2019

Leikn

In Norse mythology, Leikn is a giantess killed by Thor.

The fact is mentioned in a lausavísa composed by Vetrliði Sumarliðason which praises Thor for having killed giants and giantesses:

Leggi brauzt Leiknar,

lamðir Þrívalda,

steypðir Starkeði,

stétt of Gjǫlp dauða.

—Edith Marold's edition

You broke Leikn's bones,

you pounded Thrivaldi

you cast down Starkad,

you stood over the dead Gialp.

—Skáldskaparmál, Faulkes' translation

Leikn's name was used by skalds in kennings. Hallfreðr vandræðaskáld thus uses the kenning "Leikn's horse" (hestr Leiknar) for a wolf (Óláfsdrápa, 6) and Hallvarðr háreksblesi calls the raven "hawk of Leikn of points" (haukr Leiknar odda) that is "hawk of valkyrie" (Knútsdrápa, 6).

Leikn is also listed in the þulur.

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