Study Guide

Skadi

  • Profile

    She skis through the snow like a pro, has deadly aim with a bow and arrow, and loves coming up with cruel and unusual punishments for everybody's arch-nemesis, Loki. Oh, and by the way, she also happens to be a giantess. This is one fierce lady. Skadi is the goddess of snow, mountains, bow hunting, and skiing. (Of course the Scandinavians have a goddess of skiing—are you really surprised?)

    When the gods kill her father, Skadi rolls into Asgard fully armed, with one thing on her mind: payback. One of her demands is that she gets to marry a god. That marriage (to Njord) doesn't quite work out, but her influence among the gods continues. Her greatest claim to fame? Creating the perfect punishment for Loki, involving a bowl, some poisonous venom, and eternal bondage. What can we say? She's talented like that.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Skadi (Skaði)

    Nickname

    The Ski-Goddess (Skáldskaparmál Ch. 32), Shining Bride of the Gods (Grimnismál Stanza 11), The Avenging Giantess, Skadster

    Sex

    Female

    Current city

    Definitely Thrymheim

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Goddess of Snow, Ice and Winter; Goddess of Skiing; Goddess of Bowhunting; Goddess of Mountains (I'm a multi-tasker, what can I say?)

    Education

    Jotunheim Archery Academy
    Valhalla Ski School (where I'm now an instructor!)

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Prevent global warming: Save the snow!
    Let's get tough on crime.

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Mother: Unknown; Father: Thjazi

    Siblings

    I'm an only child—gave me more time to hone all my skills.

    Children

    My skiing and hunting lifestyle isn't exactly kid-friendly…

    Friends

    Fellow ski-god, Ull
    Thor's giantess mistress, Jarnsaxa

    Enemies

    The Asgard gods who murdered my father… but especially Loki. Duh.

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Separated from Njord (from the ankles down, he's great…)

    Interested in

    Gods willing to move to Thrymheim

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Ice Road Truckers
    Peak Season (MTV Canada)
    Revenge

    Quotations

    "It looks like an early winter, alright."
    – Keane

    "The woods are lovely, dark and deep
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep."
    Robert Frost

    "Getting an inch of snow is like winning ten cents in the lottery."
    – Bill Watterson

    "Snowstorm, attacking, binds all the ground,
    tumult of winter, when the dark one comes."
    – "The Wanderer" (Anonymous Old English, trans. Jonathan Glenn)

    Books

    The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service
    "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost
    The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    The Call of the Wild by Jack London
    A City in Winter by Mark Helprin and Chris Van Allsburg 
    The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
    The Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle 
    The Lion, the Witch, and theWardrobe by C.S. Lewis
    "Winter Dreams" by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Music

    Early Winter performed by Gwen Stefani
    New Year's Day by U2
    Snow Patrol (great name, great music)
    Ice, Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
    Ice Cube
    Anything by the Decemberists, especially January Hymn
    Girl from the North Country by Bob Dylan
    Winter by The Cure
    Svefn g englar by Sigur Rós

    Movies

    Winter's Bone
    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
    Fargo
    White Fang
    Cool Runnings
    The Hunger Games
    Ski Patrol
    James Bond: The Spy Who Loved Me
    Life in the Freezer

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Snowflakes
    Mountains
    Snowshoes
    Hats, Scarves and Gloves
    Fuzzy Slippers
    Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
    Ice skates and skis
    Bows and arrows

    Interests

    Taxidermy
    Orography (the study of mountains)
    Archery
    Hunter Safety and Education

    Groups

    Goddesses of Asgard
    International Ski Federation
    Asgard Athletes
    Giantesses
    World Archery Association

    • Spotter's Guide

      (Middle school level)

      Skadi really stands out in a crowd. She'll probably be the tallest person there (she is a giantess, after all). Plus, sometimes she wears a full suit of armor and carries a bow and arrow. (Careful! She won't hesitate to shoot if necessary!) When she's not in war gear, she'll probably be on skis. You'll find her zipping down and around the mountains around her beloved home, Thrymheim. She's probably on the hunt—it's one of her favorite pastimes.

      Sex: Female
      Age: Youngish
      Build: Very large (she's a giantess!)
      Complexion: Healthy and ruddy
      Hair Color: Fair
      Facial Hair: Nah
      Scars/marks/tattoos: Nothing remarkable
      Jewelry and accessories: A good pair of skis or snowshoes
      Clothing: Winter clothes: fur, hats, gloves, and boots
      Armor: A helmet and chainmail
      Type of Weapon: Bow and arrow or other hunting weapons, like spears

      Typical Companions:

      Stepchildren Frey and Freyja and family servant Skirnir
      Estranged husband, Njord (when she has no choice)

      Known Hangouts:

      Childhood home, Thrymheim
      The mountains
      The (ski) slopes
      Njord's seaside home, Nóatún (only when forced)
      The archery range
      The forest (during hunting season)

    • Sightings

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      Poetic Edda

      Parts of the Poetic Edda read kind of like a who's who of the Norse gods. That's where we get all of Skadi's important stats, like her parentage (the giant Thjazi), her current residence (childhood home, Thrymheim) and her diva-worthy nickname, "the shining bride of the gods" (Grímnismál Stanza 11).

      Dec 20, 2019

      Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson

      No domestic dispute is private when Snorri Sturluson, gossip columnist to the gods, is on assignment. In his Prose Edda, he gives us all the details of Njord and Skadi's split. Seems they couldn't agree on a home base. Too bad: they made a cute couple.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Heimskringla by Snorri Sturluson

      If the Norse gods were real people, then they'd be the founders of an important Scandinavian dynasty. At least, that's how Snorri Sturluson tries to spin it in his Heimskringla. In the part called the Ynglinga Saga, Skadi and Njord are a Swedish king and queen in an unhappy marriage. Sounds about right.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Age of Mythology

      Skadi gets a pretty awesome super power in this spin-off of the Age of Empires computer game: "Frost," or the ability to freeze a whole enemy army with a single breath. Sounds like the Skadi we all know and love.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      Dumm Comics Skadi

      Mix Looney Tunes, Anime, and Norse mythology, and you get Skadi, this ongoing web strip from Dumm Comics. True to form, Skadi's a stellar hunter whose goal is to hunt and eat an animal of every species on the planet. Good thing she's a crack shot with a bow and arrow.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Fear Itself

      Marvel Comics creates a crossover series featuring Thor and Captain America. Other than being equally fierce (and a little scary), this Skadi doesn't bear much resemblance to the mythological one. She's the daughter of a huge Serpent whom she unleashes upon the world. Thanks a lot, Skadster.