Iði

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In Norse mythology, Iði (Old Norse, 'the moveable', 'the hard-working one') was a giant and a son of Alvaldi along with his brothers Þjazi and Gangr. According to Skáldskaparmál, Alvaldi was very rich in gold, and when he died his three sons divided his inheritance among themselves, measuring it out by each in turn taking a mouthful.[1] For this reason the expressions "speech of Þjazi, Gangr or Iði" and "Iði's shining talk" are kennings for gold.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rudolf Simek, Dictionary of Northern Mythology, tr. Angela Hall, Cambridge: Brewer, 1993, repr. 2000, ISBN 0-85991-513-1, pp. 170-71.