Most of us probably think of Thor as a great warrior from Norse Mythology. But have you ever read the Lay of Thrym or Þrymskviða? As an add on to this week's MythicMondays, let's hear the tale.
Thrym, King of the Jotunn (Giants), steals Thor's mighty hammer Mjölnir. Thrym then demands that Freyja, goddess of sex and beauty, marry him. The gods decide to accept Thrym's demands, in a way.
Thor and Loki go to Jotunheimr, the land of giants, prepared to attend the wedding. Thor dresses as Freyja, borrowing her clothes and jewelry, and Loki, enjoying himself, dresses as the bridesmaid. During the reception, Thor's identity is repeatedly hinted at, for instance he eats twice as much as anyone else there.When asked about "her" appetite, Thor claims he hasn't eaten in seven days due to excitement.
As part of the ceremony, Mjölnir is placed in the "bride's" hands. Thor reveals his deception and uses the hammer to overthrow the giants.
To read the entire story in the Eddas, click here.