Þrymskviða

[Thrym’s poem] is a mythological eddic poem composed in

fornyrðislag

[old story metre]. The poem is divided into 33 stanzas, a mixture of narration and direct speech.

Þrymskviða

survives in a vellum manuscript from c. 1260-1280, Konungsbók eddukvæða (Codex Regius of Eddic Poetry; GKS 2365 4to). Its origins are uncertain, its language very accessible.

Four characters play significant roles in the poem’s story: Þórr, who has lost his hammer, Mjöllnir, and must retrieve it; Loki, who helps Þórr retrieve Mjöllnir; Freyja, who lends out her feather-shirt so Loki can travel to the land of the giants and locate Mjöllnir; and the giant Þrymr, who has stolen Mjöllnir and attempts to extort the Æsir in exchange for its return. Þrymskviða can be divided into four

1801 words

Citation: McGillivray, Andrew. "Þrymskviða". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 June 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=41003, accessed 17 April 2024.]

41003 Þrymskviða 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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