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Skadi

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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

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