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In Norse mythology, Gríðr (Old Norse ”frantic eagerness;[1] greed, vehemence, violence, impetuosity”[2][3]) is a female jötunn who is the mother of the god Víðarr by Oðinn.

Gríðr is mentioned in the poem Þórsdrápa and in Snorri Sturluson's Skáldskaparmál. A witch of the same name appears 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. ^ An Icelandic-English Dictionary by Richard Cleasby and Guðbrandur Vigfússon, page 215–216.
  2. ^ Simek (2007:117).
  3. ^ Orchard (1997:61).


  • 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