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Hrímnir is a giant frequently mentioned in Norse mythology.

In Hyndluljóð verse 32 he is the father of Heiðr and Hrossþjófr,[1] but that may be just for alliteration's sake.[2] He is mentioned in Skírnismál verse 28,[2][3] probably as a typical giant.[4]

He is listed among the jötnar in the Nafnaþulur section of the Prose Edda.[1][5]

In Völsunga saga he is the father of Hljóð, whom Frigg sends to Rerir as a "wish-maid" with the apple that enables his wife to conceive Völsung[6]—and subsequently Hrímnir himself sends Hljóð to Völsung to be his wife.[7] This resembles the story of Peredur in the Arthurian cycle, and the modern folktale "The Sea-Maiden."[8]

In Gríms saga loðinkinna, he is the father of the giantesses Feima and Kleima; his wife's name is Hyrja.[9]

Hrímnir may mean either "the one covered with hoar-frost" or "the sooty one." It is not clear whether the name is intended to evoke the frost giants or hrímþursar.[2][7]


  1. ^ a b Siân Duke, "Kristni saga and its Sources: Some Revaluations," Saga-Book 25 (2001) 345–450, p. 396 (pdf).
  2. ^ a b c Rudolf Simek tr. Angela Hall, Dictionary of Northern Mythology, Cambridge: Brewer, 1993, repr. 2000, ISBN 0-85991-513-1, p. 159.
  3. ^ á þik Hrímnir hari, rendered by Henry Adams Bellows as "Hrimnir will stand and stare," online parallel edition at
  4. ^ Judy Quinn, "The Realisation of Mythological Design: The Early Generations of the Völsung Dynasty," in Fornaldarsagaerne: myter og virkelighed: studier i de oldislandske fornaldarsögur Norðurlanda, ed. Agneta Ney, Armann Jakobsson, and Annette Lassen, Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum, 2008, ISBN 978-87-635-2579-4, pp. 123-42, p. 134, note 11.
  5. ^ Giants I, verse 6: online parallel edition at; and also among the names for a hog, verse 97, parallel edition.
  6. ^ Quinn, p. 131.
  7. ^ a b Quinn, p. 134.
  8. ^ Lucy Allen Paton, Studies in the Fairy Mythology of Arthurian Romance, Boston: Ginn, 1903, OCLC 459157827, pp. 174–75, note 2.
  9. ^ Andreas Heusler and Wilhelm Ranisch, eds., Eddica Minora, Dortmund, 1903, OCLC 560148456, p. lxxv (German) see this episode as an imitation of one in Örvar-Odds saga.