the dictionary of norse mythology


GERDA GERD Enclosed Field The daughter of the jotun gymir and aurboda, the sister of beli, and the wife of frey, whose servant skirnir, wooed and won the giantess for his master. Gerda spurned apples and gold but finally gave in at the terrible threat of eternal cold and loneliness, thus personify-ing winter giving in at last to the warm sunshine of spring. The nine nights of waiting between her con-sent to become Frey's bride and the actual union is symbolic of the long nine months of hard winter, in northern countries, before spring arrives. In some mythologies the radiance of Gerda personifies the aurora borealis northern lights.

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