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27.10.2019

Sokkmimir

Sökmímir or Søkkmímir was a jotun who appears in two sources from Norse mythology, suggesting that he was once a well-known giant in Scandinavia.

In Grímnismál, stanza 50, it appears that Odin killed the giant:

Sviðurr ok Sviðrir

er ek hét at Søkkmímis,

ok dulða ek þann inn alda iötun,

þá er ek Miðviðnis vark

ins mæra burar

orðinn einbani.

So. I deceived the giant

Sokkmimir old

As Svithur and Svithrir of yore;

Of Mithvitnir's son

the slayer I was

When the famed one found his doom.

Svidur and Svidrir

I was at Sökkmimir's called,

and beguiled that ancient Jötun,

when of Midvitnir's

renowned son

I was the sole destroyer.

He notably appears in Ynglingatal, where subterranean abodes of giants are called Sökkmímir's halls:

En dagskjarr

Dúrnis niðja

salvörðuðr

Sveigði vétti,

þá er í stein

enn stórgeði

Dusla konr

ept dvergi hljóp,

ok salr bjartr

þeira Sökmímis

jötunbyggðr

við jöfri gein.

By Diurnir's elfin race,

Who haunt the cliffs and shun day's face,

The valiant Swegde was deceived,

The elf's false words the king believed.

The dauntless hero rushing on,

Passed through the yawning mouth of stone:

It yawned – it shut – the hero fell,

In Saekmime's hall, where giants dwell.

 

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