The Edda, Volume 1

The Divine Mythology of the North, Popular Studies in Mythology, Romance, and Folklore, No. 12

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Language: English
Wordcount: 13,043 / 45 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64.3
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Added to site: 2005.02.26
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Genre: Myth
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om classical mythology is that neither Tyr (who should etymologically be the Sky-god), nor Thor (the Thunder-god), takes the highest place. Tyr is the hero of one important episode, the chaining of the Wolf, through which he loses his right hand. This is told in full by Snorri and alluded to in Lokasenna, both in the prose preface ("Tyr also was there, with only one hand; the Fenris-wolf had bitten off the other, when he was bound") and in the poem itself:

Loki. "I must remember that right hand which Fenri bit off thee."

Tyr. "I am short of a hand, but thou of the famous wolf; to each the loss is ill-luck. Nor is the wolf in better plight, for he must wait in bonds till Ragnarök."

Otherwise, he only appears in connexion with two more popular Gods: he speaks in Frey's defence in Lokasenna, and in Hymiskvida he is Thor's companion in the search for a cauldron; the latter poem represents him as a giant's son.

Thor, on the other hand, is second only to his

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