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Thrym

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    The frost giant Thrym causes a big stink in Asgard when he steals Thor's hammer and demands Freyja as payment for its return. Which, depending on who you ask, is either really gutsy, or very, very stupid. (Since Thrym's race has a reputation for being kind of dense, we're guessing stupid).

    Despite (possibly) being a few bricks short of a full load, Thrym is a force to be reckoned with. For one thing, he's, well, huge. Plus he's actually the king of the frost-giants and has a lot of cool things, like his very own hall, gold dog leashes, and horses that he pets like they're cats (no joke). But none of this stuff is terribly helpful in the long run. The sly duo of Loki and Thor prove to be more than Thrym can handle, and he meets a bloody death at the wrong end of Thor's hammer.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Thrym (a.k.a. Þrymr / Þrym)

    Nickname

    The Thryminator, Frosty the Giant, The Roaring One

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    Jötunheim

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    King of the Giants

    Education

    The School of Hard Knocks

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Anti-Aesir. Also, I hate Thor. (Duh)

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Descendants of Bergelmir and his wife, who were descendants of the two giants that came out of Ymir's armpit (hey, we can't all have normal family histories)

    Siblings

    One sister, described only as arma, "unlucky," or aldna "old"

    Children

    None. That's why I need to get myself a wife.

    Friends

    Fellow giants Thjazi, Utgardsloki, Hrungnir, Geirrod, and Hymir

    Enemies

    All the Aesir, but especially Thor. Oh, did I mention that I hate Thor?

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Engagedto Freyja

    Interested in

    Freyja

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    The X-Files
    Extreme Bodies (Discovery Health)
    Prison Break

    Quotations

    "If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."
    – Isaac Newton

    "Fee, fie, foe, fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman."
    Jack and the Beanstalk

    "A wedding is a funeral where you smell your own flowers."
    – Eddie Cantor

    "Some say the world will end in fire, some in ice."
    Robert Frost

    Books

    Jack and the Beanstalk 
    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
    Giants in the Earth by O.E. Rolvaag
    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost
    Beowulf
    All the Harry Potter books (Hagrid's my favorite character)
    The BFG by Roald Dahl
    New Age Vikings, The Icelandic Horse by Elisabeth Haug

    Music

    They Might be Giants
    Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (album) by Oasis
    Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N' Roses
    Enter Sandman by Metallica
    Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones
    Du Hast by Rammstein
    Eisenherz by Joachim Witt 
    History by Funker Vogt

    Movies

    Big Fish
    The BFG
    King Kong
    The Mighty Ducks
    Godzilla
    Frankenstein 
    Iron Will
    Beowulf
    The Clash of the Titans

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Icelandic Sheepdogs
    Norwegian Buhunds
    Bling for my dogs
    Icelandic Horses
    Fjord Horses
    Freyja
    Precious Gems
    Football (I'm a big fan of the New York Giants)
    Ice Hockey
    WWE

    Interests

    Gigantism
    Thievery
    Gemology
    Equine studies
    Cynology (study of dogs)

    Groups

    Frost-Giants
    Kings of the Cosmos
    The Icelandic Kennel Club
    Icelandic Horse Association of Denmark

    • Spotter's Guide

      (Middle school level)

      You can't miss Thrym. No, really, you can't miss him: he's huge. He really stands out in (or head and shoulders above) a crowd. Look for a guy surrounded by horses and dogs wearing gold leashes. They're his pets, and he's very attached to them. In his spare time, Thrym likes to sit on mounds, petting his canine friends. Just another day in Jötunheim.

      Sex: Male
      Age: Adult(ish)
      Build: Big and brawny—in fact, you might say he's gigantic.
      Complexion: Rugged
      Hair Color: Unremarkable
      Facial Hair: A long, poorly-groomed beard
      Scars/marks/tattoos: None
      Jewelry and accessories: Gold dog leashes. But they're not for him, they're for his dogs.
      Clothing: He shops at those Big 'N' Tall stores.
      Armor: If only he'd been wearing some on his wedding day…
      Type of Weapon: His enormous size is weapon enough…usually.

      Typical Companions:

      His old, unlucky sister
      His dogs and horses

      Known Hangouts:

      Mounds
      His mead hall
      Hockey games
      Football games
      WWE events
      Dog Shows
      Horse Shows

    • Sightings

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Poetic Edda: Thrymskvitha

      Thrym only shows up once in the whole medieval Icelandic poetic record, but it's an important appearance: Thrymskvitha is named after him, after all. (It means "Lay [short poem] of Thrym"). Unfortunately for Thrym, he doesn't come off so well here. First, he steals Thor's hammer, then he's too stupid to realize that the six-foot-tall, brawny "woman" with crusty eyes and a stomach big enough to hold an ox is actually Thor in disguise. Big mistake, Thrym.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      Thrymlur

      The story of Thrym's theft of Thor's hammer was so popular that every up-and-coming poet wanted to tackle it. It was sort of the James Bond of its day, with remakes occurring on a regular basis. In the 15th century, rímur, or poems with extremely detailed and complex rules of alliteration and meter, were all the rage in Iceland, so Thrymskvitha got the rímur treatment.

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      Thor Song

      In this Swedish folk song (also known as Hammar-Hemtningen), the story from the Thymskvitha remains pretty much the same, but all the characters get new names. Thrym's new name is Trolletrams, but don't feel too bad for him: Freyja gets saddled with "Miss Frojenborg."

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      World of Warcraft

      Any World of Warcraft fans out there? Maybe you can help us figure out what it means when gamers say Thrym is "a level 80 elite flesh titan found in Zul'Drak." In any case, it seems that Thrym is a bit of a Frankenstein's monster here—his body is created from the corpses of other giants.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Thor: Tales of Asgard

      He may have gotten short shrift in the live-action version of Thor, but Thrym plays a big role in this animated film from Marvel. He lays siege to Asgard to retrieve a sword that Thor's gotten his hands on, and spares Thor's life when he gets the chance to kill him. In fact, he's almost a good guy. Almost.