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In Norse mythology, Gríðr (Old Norse 'safeplass for an oulawed person', 'asylum'[1], relates to Friðr (cf. English frith', 'peace') as Greek Ekecheiria ('truce') to Eirene) is a female jötunn who. She is the mother of the god Víðarr by Oðinn.

Gríðr is mentioned in the poem Þórsdrápa and in Snorri Sturluson's Skáldskaparmál. She or a someone of the same name appears as a witch in Illuga saga Gríðarfóstra.

Saxo Grammaticus refers to her as Grytha, the wife of the legendary king Dan I of Denmark, "a matron most highly revered among the Teutons".


  1. ^ Search grið in the Norse dictionary tool (University of Oslo, Norway)


  • Orchard, Andy (1997). Dictionary of Norse Myth and Legend. Cassell. ISBN 0-304-34520-2
  • Simek, Rudolf (2007) translated by Angela Hall. Dictionary of Northern Mythology. D.S. Brewer. ISBN 0-85991-513-1