The Old Norse name Hrímnir has been translated as 'frosty', 'the one covered with hoarfrost', or 'the sooty one.' It is not clear whether the name is intended to evoke the frost giants or hrímþursar (jǫtunn).
In the Völsunga saga, Hrímnir is mentioned as the father of Hljóð, who is sent by Frigg as a "wish-maid" to Rerir with the apple of fertility that will provide his wife offspring. Hrímnir himself sends his daughter Hljóð to be the wife of one of the children, Völsung.
In Hyndluljóð (32), Hrímnir is the father of Heiðr and Hrossþjófr, but that may be just for the purpose of alliteration. He is also mentioned in Skírnismál (28), probably as a typical jötunn.
- Orchard 1997, p. 90.
- Simek 1996, p. 159.
- Quinn, p. 134.
- Quinn, p. 131.
- Siân Duke, "Kristni saga and its Sources: Some Revaluations," Saga-Book 25 (2001) 345–450, p. 396 (pdf).
- Giants I, verse 6: online parallel edition at voluspa.org; and also among the names for a hog, verse 97, parallel edition.
- Judy Quinn, "The Realisation of Mythological Design: The Early Generations of the Völsung Dynasty," in Ney, Agneta; Jakobsson, Ármann; Lassen, Annette (2009). Fornaldarsagaerne. Museum Tusculanum Press. pp. 134, note 11. ISBN 978-87-635-2579-4.
- Heusler, Andreas; Ranisch, Wilhelm (1903). Eddica minora: Dichtungen eddischer Art aus den Fornaldarsögur und nderen Prosawerken (in German). W. Ruhfus. pp. lxxv. interprets this episode as an imitation of one in the Örvar-Oddr saga.
- Paton, Lucy Allen (1903). Studies in the Fairy Mythology of Arthurian Romance. Ginn. pp. 174–75, note 2.