Þökk

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Þökk in an illustration from a 17th-century Icelandic manuscript

Þökk (Old Norse "Thanks"[1]) is a Jötunn in Norse mythology, presumed to be Loki in disguise, who refuses to weep for the slain Baldr, thus forcing him to stay in Hel.

Prose Edda[edit]

After Baldr was killed, Hermóðr rode to Hel. Hel, the ruler of the realm of the same name, agreed that Baldr should go back to the living if all things in the world wept for him. So the Æsir sent messengers all over the word, and all wept for him, but:

"Then, when the messengers went home, having well wrought their errand, they found, in a certain cave, where a giantess sat: she called herself Thökk. They prayed her to weep Baldr out of Hel; she answered:
Thökk will weep
waterless tears
For Baldr's bale-fare;
Living or dead,
I loved not the churl's son;
Let Hel hold to that she hath![2]
And men deem that she who was there was Loki Laufeyarson, who hath wrought most ill among the Æsir."
Gylfaginning (49), Brodeur's translation[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Orchard (1997:161).
  2. ^ This stanza is cited in the Prose Edda book Gylfaginning, but its source is unrecorded there.
  3. ^ Brodeur, Arthur Gilchrist (trans.). 1916. Snorri Sturluson: The Prose Edda. New York: The American-Scandinavian Foundation.

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