Thorr's Hunt for his Hammer

Thorr's Hunt for
                                his Hammer

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Loki (non.)
Loki is counted among the gods but is a giant by birth.


fjaðrhamr (non.) feather cloak (en.) Freyja lends her feather cloak to Loki on several occassions to enable him to fly.

Giants and Giantesses

Þjazi (non.) Thjazi (en.) The giant who persuaded Loki to abduct the goddess Íðunn.
Þrymr (non.) Thrymir (en.) The giant who stole Þórr´s hammer and said that he would only return it in exchange for marrying Freyja.

Gods and Goddesses

Freyja (non.) A fertility goddess and one of the Vanir. She is the daughter of Njörðr and the twin sister of Freyr.


Theft of Þórr's Hammer This myth concerns the theft of Þórr´s hammer, Mjöllnir, by the giant Þrymir. The gods send Loki to talk to Þrymir and giant says that he will only return the hammer in exchange for marrying Freyja. Heimdallr suggests that Þórr should impersonate Freyja, and the gods persuade Þórr to go to Þrymir dressed as a bride. Þórr seizes Mjöllnir when it is brought to the wedding feast to consecrate the marriage and then kills Þrymir along with the rest of the giants.

Mythological Places

Jötunheimr (non.) Realm of the giants.


Victorian (en.)The Victorian era began with the reign of Queen Victoria and ended with her death (June 20, 1837 – January 22, 1901).

Source Materials:

Digital Victorian Periodical Poetry DVPP Digital Victorian Periodical Poetry explores the poetry most read in the long Victorian period: poems published in periodicals, magazines, and newspapers dating from 1817 to 1901.
Once a Week (en.) Launched by Bradbury and Evans, the publisher of Household Words, after their split with Dickens, Once a Week (1859-1880) was a weekly middle-class family magazine that prominently featured illustrations.(Digital Victorian Periodical Poetry website)
Þrymskviða (is.) Lay of Thrymr (en.) One of the mythological poems preserved in the Poetic Edda that relates the story of the theft of Þórr´s hammer by the giant Þrymr. The giant says that he will only return it if he is permitted to marry Freyja. Þórr is persuaded by the gods to dress in Freyja´s clothes and to travel to Þrymr´s court for the wedding.

Source Persons

Millais, John Everett (en.) b. June 8, 1829
d. August 13, 1896
Nationality: English
Occupation: Illustrator