Dec 19th, 2018
This humorous story involves Thor, Loki, and Freya retrieving a stolen Mjolnir, the hammer of Thor, from the giant Thrym. Among other things, Thor gets dressed up in a wedding dress and nearly gets married to Thrym. Will it all be worth it?
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The Poetic Edda is the primary original source for the myths and legends of Norse Mythology. The Poetic Edda includes everything from the creation of the world to its destruction in Ragnarok, from the adventures of Thor to the wisdom of Odin. We are exploring these timeless stories to learn how the Norse people understood the world, and how we can apply their worldview to life today.
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0:00:00 - Introduction to Thrymskvida, The Lay of Thrym also known as the Theft of Mjolnir
0:05:27 - Stanzas 1-2: Thor wakes up to find Mjolnir missing! He asks Loki for help!
0:12:30 - Stanzas 3-6: Thor and Loki go to Freya to borrow her feather suit. Loki flies to Jotunheim in the suit.
0:22:10 - Stanzas 7-8: Thrym admits to Loki that he stole Mjolnir, and will only give it back if Freya will marry him
0:31:54 - Stanzas 9-11: Loki returns to Asgard and tells Thor the bad news
0:35:24 - Stanzas 12-13: Thor tells Freya to come with him to Jotunheim. She angrily refuses.
0:44:57 - Stanzas 14-16: The Gods have a conference. Heimdall suggests that Thor dress up as Freya and go to the wedding.
0:54:40 - Stanzas 17-20: Thor doesn't like Heimdall's idea. Loki tells him it's the only way.
1:01:34 - Stanzas 21-23: Thor and Loki travel to Jotunheim. Thrym welcomes them with a great feast.
1:09:44 - Stanzas 24-26: Thor eats a whole ox while pretending to be Freya. Loki lies to Thrym to keep from getting found out.
1:14:26 - Stanzas 27-28: Thrym lifts Thor's veil and sees Thor's fierce eyes. Loki covers Thor's tracks again.
1:17:05 - Stanzas 29-30: Thrym brings Mjolnir to bless the marriage and lays it on Thor's lap.
1:26:36 - Stanzas 31-32: Thor smashes all the giants with Mjolnir
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