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Elder Edda - Skirnir's Journey Summary & Analysis

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Skirnir's Journey Summary

Freyr, son of Niord, sits on Odin's seat and looks into all the worlds. He sees a beautiful girl in Giantland and is struck with lovesickness. Niord asks Freyr's page Skirnir to talk with the heartsick youth. After a bit of coaxing Freyr reveals the source of his sullen mood. Skirnir then asks for the horse that will carry him through the dark and the sword which hangs by Freyr's side in order to battle the giants. Skirnir prepares to leave and vows that either both he and the horse will return or the giant will take them both. Skirnir rides to Giantland and the courts of Gymir where he finds a herdsman sitting on a mound and greets him.

Gerd brings Skirnir into the hall and asks whether he is of the elves, the sons of the ZHsir, or the wise Vanir. She also...

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