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Elder Edda - Hymir's Poem (Hymiskvida) Summary & Analysis

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Hymir's Poem (Hymiskvida) Summary

When the gods sit down to eat they often turn to drinking, intensifying their enjoyment by gorging themselves on wine or ale. One day while casting the twigs they discover that ZHgir has ample food in many cauldrons. Odin goes to challenge the mountain-dweller with a request to prepare a feast for all the ZHsir. The challenge annoys ZHgir and he invents a plan of revenge. He asks the husband of Sif to fetch a cauldron which will hold enough ale for all the gods. The gods are at a loss as to where to procure such a large vessel until Tyr advises Thor. Tyr says that to the east of Elivagar lives Hymir the wise who owns a cauldron a league deep. Thor wonders if they will be able to obtain this cauldron and Tyr says that it can be done with...

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