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  • Norse Norse (culture)
  • Giant Giant (attribute)
  • Mountain Dweller Mountain Dweller (attribute)
  • Friendly and Dangerous Friendly and Dangerous (behaviour)
  • Frost Giants Frost Giants (common type)

The name given to the Frost Giants in Norse mythology. The leader of the Frost Giants is Ymir. They hold back the growth of frosted wastelands to stop it spreading to fertile land.

Hrimthursar is also the name of a specific Frost Giant of Norse mythology. At one time, the gods wanted to build a wall around their fortress in the heavens. They contracted Hrimthursar who was renowned as a great builder. They promised that if he finished the wall within three years he would be given the sun and the moon as well as having the goddess Freya as his wife. With help from his horse Svadilfari, Hrimthursar built the wall at an alarming rate. The gods not wanting Hrimthursar to complete his task within three years, then asked for Loki the trickster god to help them. Loki turned into a mare and led the horse Svadilfari away. They coupled together and bore Sleipnir. Hrimthursar foudn that Svadilfari was missing. He left his work and searched all other for his horse. By the time he found Svadilfari, the three year contract was up and he was thus not paid for his efforts.

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