Gerðr and Skirnir

Gerðr and Skirnir

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Laliberte, Camille (en.) b. 19th December 1998
Occupation: Research Assistant

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Artist Not Known Artist not known for this illustration in Children of Odin.

Giants and Giantesses

Gerðr (non.) Gerdur (en.) The giantess that Freyr falls in love with when he sits in Óðinn´s high seat and glimpses her from afar. He sends his servant Skírnir to woo her in exchange for giving his sword to Skírnir.

Gods and Goddesses

Freyr (non.) A fertility god and one of the Vanir. He is the son of Njörðr and the twin brother of Freyja.
Skírnir (non.) Freyr´s servant who woos the giantess Gerðr on Freyr´s behalf in exchange for Freyr´s sword.


The Wooing of GerðrThis myth relates the story of Freyr falling in love with the giantess, Gerðr, when he sit in Óðinn´s high seat and glimpses her from afar. Freyr sends his servant Skírnir to woo Gerðr in exchange for giving his sword to Skírnir. Consequently, Freyr will not have his sword when he fights with Surtr at the Battle of Ragnarök.


Edwardian (en.)The Edwardian era began with the reign of King Edward VII, 1901 to 1910 (January 22, 1901 - 28 July, 1914). However, the era's end date is sometimes extended to the beginning of World War 1 (28 July 1914).

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Children of Odin (en.) Children's book by Ernest Edwin Speight published in 1901. The illustrations in MyNDIR are from the second edition that was published in 1903. Disambiguation: This book should not be confused with The Children of Odin by Padriac Colum published in 1920 that was illustrated by Willy Pogany.

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Speight, Ernest Edwin (en.) b. 6 December 1871
d. 17 September 1949
Nationality: English
Occupation: Author, Professor of English
Residence: Yorkshire, England
Ernest Edwin Speight, better known as E. E. Speight, was an English professor who worked in India and Japan. He authored Children of Odin, as well as numerous English textbooks. He was awarded the Fifth Class of the Order of the Rising Sun by the Emperor of Japan for his services as a teacher.