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(Norse Creature)HRUNGNIR

The bravest and strongest giant in Jotunheim who got a bit cocky with Thor.

The problem started when Odin said " my 'orse be faster than yours!" Hrungnir's horse, Gullfaxi, did indeed have a golden mane but it was still no match for Sleipnir, who had eight legs - a little bit of an advantage in horse racing circles.

Needless to say, the foolish giant lost another bet. Still, he was invited to Valhalla for post-race drinks but coudn't handle his mead and got a bit lairy, threatening to steal Valhalla and move it to Jotunheim. The Gods were quite happy where they were and called for Thor to implement a little coercion .. of the hammer variety.

Fortunately Hrungnir had left his weapons at home and not even Thor would fight him empty handed. Besides the thunder god was in a state of shock as a Jotun had never challenged him to a scrap before, and the date was set for a showdown at Grjottungard.

In the meantime the giants had made a man of clay who was nine rasts tall and three rasts broad under the arms, and stuffed it with the heart of a horse. But size is no guarantee of strength, or strength of character, and as Thor approached the clay man pissed himself and was easily disposed of by Thor's servant Thialfi.

Hrungner had a triangular heart of stone, a huge thick stone shield and a stone weapon. Even his head was made of stone and while it may have been waterproof to prevent nasty soiling from the clay giants pee-pee it wasn't Thor proof.

The God of thunder let fly with Mjollnir and Hrungnir's head exploded into pebbles and dust. Thor did sustain a little damage himself when shards of flint became lodged in his forehead and the giant fell forward trapping him beneath a huge leg but Magni and Groa were enlisted to deal with the aftermath .. with limited success.

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'HRUNGNIR' - Norse database entry - 19 Nov 2007
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