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Þór

Þór and Loki's shenanigans

June 12, 2018

Þór

Þór and Loki's shenanigans

June 12, 2018

Þór and Loki are two of the more popular Norse gods, and not without reason. They have the biggest personalities of all the gods of the Norse mythology, apart from maybe Óðinn. Scholars do not agree on what the purpose of Loki was, as he is often only used to evolve a plot.

This is the third and last blog of three about Norse mythology. A few tales in the Norse Mythology follow Þór‘s and Loki‘s shenanigans, which were often instigated by Loki. Some tales tell the story of how Loki saved the gods, but it usually involved some humiliation on the gods' part.

Þrymskviða
Þrymskviða is one of those tales.
One day, Þór wakes up to see his hammer, Mjölnir, has been stolen. Loki goes to Jötunheimar and meets up with the giant Þrymur, the king of giants. He admits to Loki to have taken the hammer and that he has hidden it. The only way for Þór to get his hammer back is if the goddess Freyja marries him.

Loki flies back to Ásgarður (because he could fly) and tells Þór what the deal is. The two of them go to Freyja and ask her to dress up because she needs to accompany them to Jötunheimar. Understandably, she becomes angry and flatly refuses.

An assembly of gods and goddesses then meet to decide what is the best course of action for Þór to get his hammer back. Heimdallur gets the idea that Þór should dress up as a bride, and to make it more believable, he would wear Freyja's necklace. Þór was not keen on this idea, but Loki reminds that without the hammer, the giants would rule Ásgarður. Reluctantly Þór dresses up and puts on Freyja's necklace, keys, jewellery and veil. Loki, dressed as a slave girl, accompanies Þór to Þrymur who immediately starts preparing the wedding because he wants to marry Freyja quickly.

During the feast, Þór eats one ox, eight salmons and drinks three barrels of mead. Þrymur notices this and says he has never seen a woman eat so much, but Loki has an answer at hand; Freyja has not been able to eat for eight nights because of anticipation for the wedding. Þrymur wants to kiss Freyja but is shocked to see how mean-looking she is. Loki answers again that Freyja has not been able to sleep for eight nights for anticipation. Þór as Freyja asks for the gift his family was supposed to receive for the wedding. Þrymur goes and retrieves the hammer. Þór takes it and kills Þrymur and all his family and thus ends the tale.

Útgarða-Loki
Skýmir telling Þór, Loki, Þjálfi and Röskva they slept in his glove.
Another story is the story of when they met Útgarða-Loki. Þór and Loki are travelling with Þór‘s servants Þjálfi and Röskva. They spend one night in a cave which keeps rattling with earthquakes. Everyone but Þór is scared, but it turns out they were sleeping in the glove of the giant Skýmir who was snoring so loudly the earth shook. Three times, Þór tried to kill the giant but failed each time. After the third attempt, Skýmir takes his rucksack and leaves but tells them that they would do better to behave in the land of Útgarða-Loki because his men would not like how they were acting. The day after, the four of them travelled on until they came towards a big castle which was so tall they could hardly see the top. Þór tries to open the gates but fails, and they squeeze through the bars of the gate to get inside the huge hall.

There inside sits Útgarða-Loki. He tells the travellers that no one can stay in the castle unless they can perform a feat. Loki is the first to speak and says he can eat faster than anyone. Útgarða-Loki has him compete with a being named Logi and consume a large trencher full of meat. Loki loses.

Útgarða-Loki then asks what Þjálfi can do, and he answers that he can outrun anyone. All of them go outside to a level-grounded course. Þjálfi is set to compete with a person called Hugi. When Þjálfi starts running, Hugi manages to run to the end of the course and then back again to Þjálfi. Útgarða-Loki says Þjálfi needs to run faster than that but admits that he has never seen anyone run as fast as him before. During the second run, Þjálfi just barely loses to Hugi. A third time they run and Þjálfi loses again.

Þór then says he will compete in a drinking contest but gives up after three massive gulps. He then agrees to lift a large, grey cat in the hall but find he can only raise one paw off the ground. Getting angry, he says he wants to fight someone in the hall. Instead of fighting him, Útgarða-Loki calls in his nurse Elli, who is an old woman. During the wrestle, the harder Þór struggles with the old lady, the harder the struggle becomes, and in the end, he falls to one knee. Útgarða-Loki says that it is pointless for Þór to fight anyone else and the party of four is shown up to their rooms for the night.

When they wake up the next day, they all get ready to leave. Down in the hall, Útgarða-Loki sits with his servants at a table drinking, eating and having a good time. When walking out the doors, Útgarða-Loki asks Þór how he thinks he faired the day before. A bit put out, Þór says he cannot say he did well. Útgarða-Logi then admitted that not was all it has seemed for he was Skrýmir and if Þór had managed to hit his mark he would have killed him with the first blow of the hammer. Þór‘s blows were so heavy that they resulted in three square valleys.

Útgarða-Loki then told them the truth of the games the night before. He admitted that had he known he was dealing with gods, he would never have let them inside and that the four of them nearly caused a great disaster; the other end of the horn Þór drank from was submerged in the ocean, and there is now a sandy beach where there used to be water. Útgarða-Loki then told them that Loki competed against the flame, Þjálfi against thought, the cat Þór attempted to lift was, in fact, the serpent Jörmungandur that circles the Earth, and everyone was terrified when he managed to lift one paw of the cat up because he was lifting the snake up to the sky. The old woman Þór had wrestled was old-age itself, and there is no one old-age cannot bring down. He then tells the team that it would be better for everyone if they never met again. At that Þór swings his hammer at Útgarða-Loki in anger but he disappears and his castle as well.

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Þór and Loki's shenanigans

June 12, 2018

Þór

Þór and Loki's shenanigans

June 12, 2018

Þór and Loki are two of the more popular Norse gods, and not without reason. They have the biggest personalities of all the gods of the Norse mythology, apart from maybe Óðinn. Scholars do not agree on what the purpose of Loki was, as he is often only used to evolve a plot.

This is the third and last blog of three about Norse mythology. A few tales in the Norse Mythology follow Þór‘s and Loki‘s shenanigans, which were often instigated by Loki. Some tales tell the story of how Loki saved the gods, but it usually involved some humiliation on the gods' part.

Þrymskviða
Þrymskviða is one of those tales.
One day, Þór wakes up to see his hammer, Mjölnir, has been stolen. Loki goes to Jötunheimar and meets up with the giant Þrymur, the king of giants. He admits to Loki to have taken the hammer and that he has hidden it. The only way for Þór to get his hammer back is if the goddess Freyja marries him.

Loki flies back to Ásgarður (because he could fly) and tells Þór what the deal is. The two of them go to Freyja and ask her to dress up because she needs to accompany them to Jötunheimar. Understandably, she becomes angry and flatly refuses.

An assembly of gods and goddesses then meet to decide what is the best course of action for Þór to get his hammer back. Heimdallur gets the idea that Þór should dress up as a bride, and to make it more believable, he would wear Freyja's necklace. Þór was not keen on this idea, but Loki reminds that without the hammer, the giants would rule Ásgarður. Reluctantly Þór dresses up and puts on Freyja's necklace, keys, jewellery and veil. Loki, dressed as a slave girl, accompanies Þór to Þrymur who immediately starts preparing the wedding because he wants to marry Freyja quickly.

During the feast, Þór eats one ox, eight salmons and drinks three barrels of mead. Þrymur notices this and says he has never seen a woman eat so much, but Loki has an answer at hand; Freyja has not been able to eat for eight nights because of anticipation for the wedding. Þrymur wants to kiss Freyja but is shocked to see how mean-looking she is. Loki answers again that Freyja has not been able to sleep for eight nights for anticipation. Þór as Freyja asks for the gift his family was supposed to receive for the wedding. Þrymur goes and retrieves the hammer. Þór takes it and kills Þrymur and all his family and thus ends the tale.

Útgarða-Loki
Skýmir telling Þór, Loki, Þjálfi and Röskva they slept in his glove.
Another story is the story of when they met Útgarða-Loki. Þór and Loki are travelling with Þór‘s servants Þjálfi and Röskva. They spend one night in a cave which keeps rattling with earthquakes. Everyone but Þór is scared, but it turns out they were sleeping in the glove of the giant Skýmir who was snoring so loudly the earth shook. Three times, Þór tried to kill the giant but failed each time. After the third attempt, Skýmir takes his rucksack and leaves but tells them that they would do better to behave in the land of Útgarða-Loki because his men would not like how they were acting. The day after, the four of them travelled on until they came towards a big castle which was so tall they could hardly see the top. Þór tries to open the gates but fails, and they squeeze through the bars of the gate to get inside the huge hall.

There inside sits Útgarða-Loki. He tells the travellers that no one can stay in the castle unless they can perform a feat. Loki is the first to speak and says he can eat faster than anyone. Útgarða-Loki has him compete with a being named Logi and consume a large trencher full of meat. Loki loses.

Útgarða-Loki then asks what Þjálfi can do, and he answers that he can outrun anyone. All of them go outside to a level-grounded course. Þjálfi is set to compete with a person called Hugi. When Þjálfi starts running, Hugi manages to run to the end of the course and then back again to Þjálfi. Útgarða-Loki says Þjálfi needs to run faster than that but admits that he has never seen anyone run as fast as him before. During the second run, Þjálfi just barely loses to Hugi. A third time they run and Þjálfi loses again.

Þór then says he will compete in a drinking contest but gives up after three massive gulps. He then agrees to lift a large, grey cat in the hall but find he can only raise one paw off the ground. Getting angry, he says he wants to fight someone in the hall. Instead of fighting him, Útgarða-Loki calls in his nurse Elli, who is an old woman. During the wrestle, the harder Þór struggles with the old lady, the harder the struggle becomes, and in the end, he falls to one knee. Útgarða-Loki says that it is pointless for Þór to fight anyone else and the party of four is shown up to their rooms for the night.

When they wake up the next day, they all get ready to leave. Down in the hall, Útgarða-Loki sits with his servants at a table drinking, eating and having a good time. When walking out the doors, Útgarða-Loki asks Þór how he thinks he faired the day before. A bit put out, Þór says he cannot say he did well. Útgarða-Logi then admitted that not was all it has seemed for he was Skrýmir and if Þór had managed to hit his mark he would have killed him with the first blow of the hammer. Þór‘s blows were so heavy that they resulted in three square valleys.

Útgarða-Loki then told them the truth of the games the night before. He admitted that had he known he was dealing with gods, he would never have let them inside and that the four of them nearly caused a great disaster; the other end of the horn Þór drank from was submerged in the ocean, and there is now a sandy beach where there used to be water. Útgarða-Loki then told them that Loki competed against the flame, Þjálfi against thought, the cat Þór attempted to lift was, in fact, the serpent Jörmungandur that circles the Earth, and everyone was terrified when he managed to lift one paw of the cat up because he was lifting the snake up to the sky. The old woman Þór had wrestled was old-age itself, and there is no one old-age cannot bring down. He then tells the team that it would be better for everyone if they never met again. At that Þór swings his hammer at Útgarða-Loki in anger but he disappears and his castle as well.

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