the dictionary of norse mythology


HRUNGNIR Strongest of the giants described as large and stone-headed. Hrungnir bet his horse gullfaxi Golden Mane in a race with odin's eight-legged steed sleipnir. He lost the race, then engaged in a duel with thor, in which he was killed. snorri sturluson draws upon haustlong, a shield poem, or form of skaldic poetry, for this tale.

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