- Norse (culture)
- Giant (attribute)
- Deadly (behaviour)
A Giant from Scandinavian legend. This Giant won a chess game against a mortal who bet the life of his son on the game. When Skrymsli came to kill the son, the gods intervened at the request of the father’s prayers. They transformed the son into a grain of wheat. Skrymsli went to the field and ate the wheat to kill the son. When the Giant came close to eating the right grain, the son was transformed into the feather of a swan. Just before this swan was devoured, the son changed into the egg of a deep-sea fish. Skrymsli then swam to these depths to eat the egg but was caught in a trap by Loki the trickster god. The son transformed back into his former self while Loki stopped Skrymsli by chopping his legs off. Before Loki could kill Skrymsli, Skrymsli had regenerated his legs. Loki then severed the legs again and then branded them with hot iron to stop them re-growing. Skrymsli then bled to death and the child was finally saved.
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