Thrym's Bride

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One morning, Thor awoke to find his hammer, Mjollnirmissing. This was very problematic as without the thunder god’s weapon, Asgard was left vulnerable to the attacks of the giants. In a rage, he searched everywhere for his most prized possession, but it was nowhere to be found. Upon consult with Loki it was assumed it was taken by the giants, so the two gods made their way to Jotunheim.

Upon his arrival, he approached the chief of the giants, Thrym. When questioned regarding the hammer, Thrym answered that he had indeed taken it, and that it was buried eight miles below the ground and he had no intention of returning it until Freya was made to be his bride.

The two gods went back to Asgard and shared the news with the others, who were enraged – especially Freya. After much counsel, Heimdall had the idea: that Thor go to Jotunheim disguised as Freya. Unwillingly Thor agreed and donned the costume, Loki offered to go with him as his maid-servant. When they arrived, they were welcomed by the Thrym, who boasted that the gods had brought him the prize he was due.

At dinner, Thor and Loki found themselves in trouble. Thor singlehandedly ate an entire ox, eight salmon, and all of the dainties that had been prepared for the women – not to mention the many barrels of mead he drank. Thrym became suspicious, and he declared that he had never in his whole life seen a woman with such an appetite. Loki, the master of deceit, explained to the giant that Freya had been unable to eat and unable to sleep, so fierce was her longing for him.

The ceremony soon followed and Thrym called for the hammer to hallow their union. When Mjölnir was laid in Thor’s lap, he grabbed its handle and slew Thrym, then all of the guests before contentedly returning to Asgard.

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