the dictionary of norse mythology


SIGYN SIGUNN, SIGRYN, SIGUNA Victory Giver The wife of the trickster god, loki, and the mother of narfi and vali 1.When the gods finally trapped Loki and bound him, placing a serpent over his head, Sigyn stayed by her husband's side. In a bowl she caught the venom that dripped from the serpent's jaws. When she turned aside to empty the bowl, some venom fell on Loki, and he writhed with pain, causing earth-quakes on midgard. Sigyn stayed with Loki until ragnarok, the end of the world.In this 12th-century carving from Hylestad, Norway, Regin, the smith, repairs Sigurd's sword. NewYork Public Library Picture Collection

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