Gelmir

Þrúðgelmir

In Norse mythology, Þrúðgelmir (Old Norse "Strength Yeller") is a frost giant, the son of the primordial giant Aurgelmir (who Snorri Sturluson in Gylfaginning identifies with Ymir), and the father of Bergelmir.

Attestations

Þrúðgelmir appears in the poem Vafþrúðnismál from the Poetic Edda. When Odin (speaking under the assumed name Gagnrad) asks who was the eldest of the Æsir or of the giants in bygone days, Vafþrúðnir answers:

"Uncountable winters before the earth was made,
then Bergelmir was born,
Thrudgelmir was his father,
and Aurgelmir his grandfather."
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Vafþrúðnismál (29)

According to Rudolf Simek, Þrúðgelmir is identical to the six-headed son that was begotten by Aurgelmir's feet (Vafþrúðnismál, 33), but the fact that (apart from the þulur) he is mentioned in only one source led John Lindow to suggest that he might have been invented by the poet. Additionally, the identification of one with the other cannot be established with certainty since, according to stanza 33, Aurgelmir had more than one direct male offspring:

"They said that under the frost-giant's arms
a girl and boy grew together;
one foot with the other, of the wise giant,
begot a six-headed son."

Notes

References

  • Larrington, Carolyne (trans.) (1999). The Poetic Edda Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. ISBN 0192839462.
  • Lindow, John (2002). Norse mythology : a guide to the gods, heroes, rituals, and beliefs. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195153820.
  • Simek, Rudolf (1996). Dictionary of Northern Mythology. Translated by Angela Hall. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer. ISBN 0-85991-513-1.

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