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In Skáldskaparmál (The Language of Poetry), Gríðr is portrayed as equipping the thunder-god Thor with her belt of strength, her iron glove, and her staff Grídarvöl (Gríðr's-staff) on Thor's journey to the abode of Geirröðr.
Thor lodged for the night with a giantess called Grid. She was Vidar the silent’s mother. She told Thor the truth about Geirrod, that he was a cunning giant and awkward to deal with. She lent him a girdle of might and some iron gauntlets of hers, and her staff, called Grid’s pole.
Gríðr is also mentioned in a list of troll-wives ("I shall list the names of troll-wives. Grid and Gnissa, Gryla...").
The feller of the dolphins of the steeps [giants] advanced with violent temper with Grid’s pole.
Battle raged when the feeder of Grid’s steed [wolf], he who waged war, advanced with ringing Gaut’s [Odin’s] fire. Weird rose from the well.— Kormákr Ögmundarson, Skáld. 49, trans. A. Faulkes, 1987.
Riders [seafarers] of Ræfil’s land’s [sea’s] horses [ships] can see how beautifully engraved dragons lie just by the brow of the Grid of the life-protector.— Einarr Skúlason, Skáld. 49, trans. A. Faulkes, 1987.
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". A witch of the same name appears in Illuga saga Gríðarfóstra.
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