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Thor and the Jotun Geirrod
Thor and the Jotun Geirrod

Theme of Lies and Deceit in Thor and the Jotun Geirrod

In the beginning of this myth, Loki disguises himself as a bird, and that disguise is a little preview of what's coming later on. Geirrod pretends to be host of the year when he's actually got plans to murder his houseguest. In both cases—Loki as bird, Geirrod as gracious host—what's inside doesn't match what's on the surface. And in Germanic warrior culture, there are few things more uncool than that.

On the other hand, though, there's Grid. She proves that her good hostess act is the real deal by giving Thor all the dirt on Geirrod. Plus, she lends him some objects to help him defeat the baddie. She's kind of like the yin to Geirrod's yang, the straightforward good hostess where what you see is what you get.

Questions About Lies and Deceit

  1. What does Loki's bird disguise tell us about his character?
  2. Name the different lies that occur in this story. Why do characters tell these lies?
  3. Does Thor act deceptively in this story? Why or why not?
  4. Which characters in the story act honestly? How do they prove their honesty?
  5. How do lies lead to more lies in the myth of Thor and the Jotun Geirrod?
  6. What's the relationship between disguise and lying in this myth? In general?

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