the dictionary of norse mythology


RAN Robber The wife of aegir, jotun lord of the sea. She lived with Aegir beneath the island of hlesey, in coral caves. She dragged drowning sailors down to her realm in her fishing net, which either she or loki invented. Her halls were lighted only by the gleam of gold, reminiscent of the phosphorescent glow of the sea. It is said that she felt kindly toward dead sailors who had some gold in their possession to help her light her halls. In Otr's Ransom, under otr, Loki borrows Ran's drowning net to catch the dwarf andvari in The Pursuit of Loki-Salmon, Loki himself is trapped in a net.

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