HOW THOR AND LOKI BEFOOLED THRYM THE GIANT
OKI told another tale about Thor—about Thor and
Thrym, a stupid Giant who had cunning streaks in him.
Loki and Thor had been in this Giant's house. He had
made a feast for them and Thor had been unwatchful.
Then when they were far from Jötunheim Thor missed
Miölnir, missed the hammer that was the defence of
Asgard and the help of the Gods. He could not remember
how or where he had mislaid it. Loki's thoughts went
toward Thrym, that stupid Giant who yet had cunning
 in him. Thor, who had lost the hammer that he
had sworn never to let out of his sight, did not know
what to do.
But Loki thought it would be worth while to see if
Thrym knew anything about it. He went first to Asgard.
He hurried across the Rainbow Bridge and passed
Heimdall without speaking to him. To none of the
Dwellers in Asgard whom he met did he dare relate the
tidings of Thor's loss. He spoke to none until he came
to Frigga's palace.
To Frigga he said, "You must lend me your falcon dress
until I fly to Thrym's dwelling and find out if he
knows where Miölnir is."
"If every feather was silver I would give it to you to
go on such an errand," Frigga said.
So Loki put on the falcon dress and flew to
Jötunheim and came near Thrym's dwelling. He found
the Giant upon a hillside putting golden and silver
collars upon the necks of his hounds. Loki in the
plumage of a falcon perched on the rock above him,
watching the Giant with falcon eyes.
And while he was there he heard the Giant speak
boastful words. "I put collars of silver and gold on
you now," said he, "but soon we Giants will have the
gold of Asgard to deck our hounds and our steeds, yea,
even the necklace of Freya to put upon you, the best of
my hounds. For Miölnir, the defence of Asgard, is
in Thrym's holding."
Then Loki spoke to him, "Yea, we know that Miölnir
is in thy possession, O Thrym," said he, "but know thou
that the eyes of the watchful Gods are upon thee."
 "Ha, Loki, Shape-changer," said Thrym, "you are there!
But all your watching will not help you to find
Miölnir. I have buried Thor's hammer eight miles
deep in the earth. Find it if you can. It is below the
caves of the Dwarfs."
"It is useless for us to search for Thor's hammer,"
said Loki; "eh, Thrym?"
"It is useless for you to search for it," said the
"But what a recompense you would gain if you restored
Thor's hammer to the Dwellers in Asgard," Loki said.
"No, cunning Loki, I will never restore it, not for any
recompense," said Thrym.
"Yet bethink thee, Thrym," said Loki. "Is there nought
in Asgard you would like to own? No treasure, no
possession? Odin's ring or Frey's ship, Skidblandir?"
"No, no," said Thrym. "Only one thing could the
Dwellers in Asgard offer me that I would take in
exchange for Miölnir, Thor's hammer."
"And what would that be, Thrym?" said Loki, flying
"She whom many Giants have striven to gain—Freya,
for my wife," said Thrym.
Loki watched Thrym for long with his falcon eyes. He
saw the Giant would not alter his demand. "I will tell
the Dwellers in Asgard of your demand," he said at
last, and he flew away.
Loki knew that the Dwellers in Asgard would never let
 be taken from them to become the wife of Thrym,
the stupidest of the giants. He flew back.
By this time all the Dwellers in Asgard had heard of
the loss of Miölnir, the help of the Gods.
Heimdall shouted to him as he crossed the Rainbow
Bridge to ask what tidings he brought back. But Loki
did not stop to speak to the Warden of the Bridge but
went straight to the hall where the Gods sat in
To the Æsir and the Vanir he told Thrym's demand.
None would agree to let the beautiful Freya go live in
Jötunheim as a wife to the stupidest of the
Giants. All in the Council were cast down. The Gods
would never again be able to help mortal men, for now
that Miölnir was in the Giants' hands all their
strength would have to be used in the defence of
So they sat in the Council with looks downcast. But
cunning Loki said, "I have thought of a trick that may
win back the hammer from stupid Thrym. Let us pretend
to send Freya to Jötunheim as a bride for him. But
let one of the Gods go in Freya's veil and dress."
"Which of the Gods would bring himself to do so
shameful a thing?" said those who sat in the Council.
"Oh, he who lost the hammer, Thor, should be prepared
to do as much to win it back," said Loki.
"Thor, Thor! Let Thor win back the hammer from Thrym by
Loki's trick," said the Æsir and the Vanir. They
left it to Loki to arrange how Thor should go to
Jötunheim as a bride for Thrym.
OKI left the Council of the Gods and came to where he
had left Thor. "There is but one way to win the hammer
back, Thor," he said, "and the Gods in Council have
decided that you shall take it."
"What is the way?" said Thor. "But no matter what it
is, tell me of it and I shall do as thou dost say."
"Then," said laughing Loki, "I am to take you to
Jötunheim as a bride for Thrym. Thou art to go in
bridal dress and veil, in Freya's veil and bridal
"What! I dress in woman's garb?" shouted Thor.
"Yea, Thor, and wear a veil over your head and a
garland of flowers upon it."
"I—I wear a garland of flowers?"
"And rings upon thy fingers. And a bunch of
housekeeper's keys in thy girdle."
"Cease thy mockery, Loki," said Thor roughly, "or I
shall shake thee."
"It is no mockery. Thou wilt have to do this to win
Miölnir back for the defence of Asgard. Thrym will
take no other recompense than Freya. I would mock him
by bringing thee to him in Freya's veil and dress. When
thou art in his hall and he asks thee to join hands
with him, say thou wilt not until he puts Miölnir
into thy hands. Then when thy mighty hammer is in thy
holding thou canst deal with him and with all in his
 And I shall be with thee as thy bridesmaid! O
sweet, sweet maiden Thor!"
"Loki," said Thor, "thou didst devise all this to mock
me. I in a bridal dress! I with a bride's veil upon me!
The Dwellers in Asgard will never cease to laugh at
"Yea," said Loki, "but there will never be laughter
again in Asgard unless thou art able to bring back the
hammer that thine unwatchfulness lost."
"True," said Thor unhappily, "ad is this, thinkst thou,
Loki, the only way to win back Miölnir from
"It is the only way, O Thor," said the cunning Loki.
O Thor and Loki set out for Jötunheim and the
dwelling of Thrym. A messenger had gone before them to
tell Thrym that Freya was coming with her bridesmaid;
that the wedding-feast was to be prepared and the
guests gathered and that Miölnir was to be at hand
so that it might be given over to the Dwellers in
Asgard. Thrym and his Giant mother hastened to have
everything in readiness.
Thor and Loki came to the Giant's house in the dress of
a bride and bridesmaid. A veil was over Thor's head
hiding his beard and his fierce eyes. A red-embroidered
robe he wore and at his side hung a girdle of
housekeeper's keys. Loki was veiled too. The hall of
Thrym's great house was swept and garnished and great
tables were laid for the feast. And Thrym's mother was
going from one guest to another, vaunting that her
was getting one of the beauteous Dwellers in Asgard for
his bride, Freya, whom so many of the Giants had tried
When Thor and Loki stepped across the threshold Thrym
went to welcome them. He wanted to raise the veil of
his bride and give her a kiss. Loki quickly laid his
hand on the Giant's shoulder.
"Forbear," he whispered. "Do no raise her veil. We
Dwellers in Asgard are reserved and bashful. Freya
would be much offended to be kissed before this
"Aye, aye," said Thrym's old mother. "Do not raise thy
bride's veil, son. These Dwellers in Asgard are more
refined in their ways than we, the Giants." Then the
old woman took Thor by the hand and led him to the
The size and girth of the bride did not surprise the
huge Giants who were in the wedding company. They
stared at Thor and Loki, but they could see nothing of
their faces and little of their forms because of their
Thor sat at the table with Thrym on one side of him and
Loki on the other. Then the feast began. Thor, not
noticing that what he did was unbecoming to a refined
maiden, ate eight salmon right away. Loki nudged him
and pressed his foot, but he did not heed Loki. After
the salmon he ate a whole ox.
"These maids of Asgard," said the Giants to each other,
"they may be refined, as Thrym's mother says, but their
appetites are lusty enough."
"No wonder she eats, poor thing," said Loki to Thrym.
 "It is eight days since we left Asgard. And Freya never
ate upon the way, so anxious was she to see Thrym and
to come to his house."
"Poor darling, poor darling," said the Giant. "What she
has eaten is little after all."
Thor nodded his head toward the mead vat. Thrym ordered
his servants to bring a measure to his bride. The
servants were kept coming with measures to Thor. While
the Giants watched, and while Loki nudged and nodded,
he drank three barrels of mead.
"Oh," said the Giants to Thrym's mother, "we are not so
sorry that we failed to win a bride from Asgard."
And now a piece of the veil slipped aside and Thor's
eyes were seen for an instant. "Oh, how does it come
that Freya has such glaring eyes?" said Thrym.
"Poor thing, poor thing," said Loki, "no wonder her
eyes are glaring and staring. She has not slept for
eight nights, so anxious was she to come to you and to
your house, Thrym. But now the time has come for you to
join hands with your bride. First, put into her hands
the hammer Miölnir that she may know the great
recompense that the Giants have given for her coming.
Then Thrym, the stupidest of the Giants, rose up and
brought Miölnir, the defence of Asgard, into the
feasting hall. Thor could hardly restrain himself from
springing up and seizing it from the Giant. But Loki
was able to keep him still. Thrym brought over the
hammer and put the handle into the hands of
 her whom he
thought was his bride. Thor's hands closed on his
hammer. Instantly he stood up. The veil fell off him.
His countenance and his blazing eyes were seen by all.
He struck one blow on the wall of the house. Down it
crashed. Then Thor went striding out of the ruin with
Loki beside him, while within the Giants bellowed as
the roof and walls fell down on them. And so was
Miölnir, the defence of Asgard, lost and won back.
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