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AURVANDIL

Having felled the giant Hrungnir and been peppered with shrapnel for his troubles, Thor summoned the witch called Groa, and as she chanted the Whetstone shards from his head he told her this story about her lost husband Aurvandil.

Thor was wading through an icy stream on his way back from a giant smacking session in Jotunheim and for some unknown reason was carrying Aurvandil in a basket strapped to his back.

One of Aurvandils toes were sticking out of the basket and became dead with frost bite, so Thor snapped it off and threw it into the sky where it became the star called Aurvandils toe. At this point Thor told Groa not to worry, her husband would be home soon.

It's not very often i'm at a loss for words but this story has me completely baffled. I would hazard a guess it was a tale bolted on at a later time when the powers that be realized they had no idea how the stars became the stars, and to make matters worse i don't even know if Aurvandil ever made it home!

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'AURVANDIL' - Norse database entry - 19 Nov 2007
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