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(Norse Creature)HARDGREP

Giant Shapeshifting daughter of the Giant Vaganhope.

She had a bit of a crush on King Hadding of Sweden who had an unquenshable thirst for battle, especially the blood and guts bit, but couldn't get a rise out of him at all. Even when she grew as tall as the sky itself he still didn't notice her, but she managed to gain his affections (eventually) after spending an eternity as his hand maid. Unfortunately he just couldn't resist a good scrap and often left her alone for weeks on end to go to war.

"It seems" she thought "the only way i'm ever going to get to spend anytime with my husband, is if i become one of those bloody warrior blokes that he's so fond of frolicking with." So she donned a suit of armour and became his personal body guard.

But the sweet victories didn't last. Defeated by Gudhorn, Hadding and Hardgrep hid out in the woodlands and had many a daring adventure until they stumbled upon a lonely dwelling where they sought shelter.

The man of the house was dead and seeing an opportunity to glimpse her husbands destiny Hardgrep carved speech-runes into a stick and had Hadding stick it under the dead mans tongue.

He spoke alright! Cursing Hardgrip for disturbing his peace by dragging him back from the underworld. Hows that for gratitude? Fleeing to the deepest forest they lashed together a shelter with branches but Hadding was awoken by a strange rustling sound during the night. Imagine his suprise when he discovered a huge black hand poking his wife as she slept! What a cheek!

Hadding was terrified and woke his snoozing bride who promptly grew to huge proportions. She grabbed the hand but all the slashing and stabbing from Haddings tiny little sword had little effect and Hardgrep was crushed to death.

No-one knows who the hand belonged to, and none of the gods have accepted responsibility, but my money is on a certain back-stabber called Loki.

Odin, being the caring sharing type (ha!) sent Lyfir to keep his favourite widowed mortal company, not to mention protect him from giant hands, and they made a bond of friendship by a bizarre ritual of sprinkling their blood on each others feet.

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'HARDGREP' - Norse database entry - 19 Nov 2007
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