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The tale of Utgarda-Loki
29.01.2020
The tale of Utgarda-Loki
Well-known though it may be, the story of the journey of Thor to the castle of the giant Utgarda-Loki in Jotunheim is a confused jumble of elements from Norse mythology, fun but flippant fairy tales, and the rather capricious pen of their compiler and...
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Thor
28.01.2020
Thor's duel with Hrungnir
Hrungnir (“The Brawler”) was the mightiest of all of the giants, the spirits of darkness, winter, night, and the grave, who are often the enemies of the gods. One day Hrungnir was paid a visit in Jotunheim, the homeland of the giants, by Odin. Hrungnir...
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Thor the transvestite
28.01.2020
Thor the transvestite
One morning, Thor awoke to find his hammer, Mjollnir (“Lightning”), missing. This was no small matter; without the thunder god’s best weapon, Asgard was left vulnerable to the attacks of the giants. In a rage, he searched everywhere for his...
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Thor fishing for Jormungand
28.01.2020
Thor fishing for Jormungand
The gods had arranged a lavish feast with Aegir and Ran, two gracious and hospitable giants who dwell beneath the sea. Aegir and Ran offered to host the banquet, but only if the gods could provide them with a kettle big enough to brew mead for all of the invited guests....
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The creation of Thor
27.01.2020
The creation of Thor's hammer
One day, Loki the trickster found himself in an especially mischievous mood and cut off the gorgeous golden hair of Sif, the wife of Thor. When Thor learned of this, his quick temper was enraged, and he seized Loki and threatened to break every bone in his body. Loki...
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The marriage of Njord and Skadi
27.01.2020
The marriage of Njord and Skadi
This tale begins where The Kidnapping of Idun ends. While the gods were celebrating their slaying of the giant Thjazi and the return of the youth-giving goddess Idun to their halls, an unannounced visitor stormed into their merrymaking. This was the...
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The kidnapping of Idun
27.01.2020
The kidnapping of Idun
Idun is one of the most prominent goddesses in Norse mythology. She’s the keeper of mysterious fruits eaten by the gods, which enable them to retain their youth and ward off the process of aging. These fruits are commonly assumed to be apples, but, as Old Norse scholar...
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The binding of Fenrir
26.01.2020
The binding of Fenrir
The Norse pseudo-god Loki, who is by turns the friend and the enemy of the other gods, had three fearfully hideous and strong children with the giantess Angrboda (“She Who Bodes Anguish”). The first was the serpent Jormungand, and the second was the...
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Loki bound
26.01.2020
Loki bound
Loki had always been more of a burden than a help to the other gods and goddesses. But after his contriving the death of Baldur and ensuring that that fair god would remain in the underworld until the cosmos is destroyed during Ragnarok, he went...
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Why Odin is one-eyed
26.01.2020
Why Odin is one-eyed
Odin’s quest for wisdom is never-ending, and he is willing to pay any price, it seems, for the understanding of life’s mysteries that he craves more than anything else. On one occasion, he hanged himself, wounded himself with his spear, and fasted from food and drink...
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