Gilling

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In Norse mythology, Gillingr was a giant, uncle (father's brother) of Suttungr and Baugi and grandfather of Gunnlöð. He and his wife were murdered by Fjalarr and Galarr. Gillingr is also a surname, although not very common.

Mythology[edit]

Two dwarfs, Fjalarr and Galarr, invited Gillingr and his wife to pay them a visit. They asked Gillingr to come with them on their boat out to sea. The dwarfs rowed onto a shoal, and the boat capsized. As Gillingr could not swim, he drowned. The dwarfs, however, righted their vessel and came back to land. Gillingr's wife was distressed at the news; the dwarfs asked if she might feel better if she could look out to where the accident happened. The dwarfs had grown tired of her, however, and agreed to drop a millstone on her head as she walked out through the door; and so they did.[1]

Suttungr vowed to get revenge and tied them to a rock that would soon be covered by the rising tide. The dwarfs begged to be let free and promised to give him the mead of poetry as a "thank you" for saving them. Suttungr agreed and received the mead of poetry as a result.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Snorri Sturluson (1987). Edda. J. M. Dent. p. 62. ISBN 0-460-01499-4.