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(Norse Creature)JOTUN

(Plural: JOTNAR)

Norse giants who, unsuprisingly, live in Jotunheim - giant land. They're very similar to Norse Dwarves ... only bigger.

On the surface their nasty natures were personifications of the nasty elements : storms, hurricanes and unpredictability. You'll never find a giant with the manner of a cool summer breeze.

But scrape away the warts and rotten teeth and they're not so different from the Gods. Some of the Aesir were actually giants, or had a bit of slap and tickle with them. Even Thor, the slayer of their kind, had a fling with one; Jarnsaxa, who bore him two giant sons Magni and Modi.

Contrary to popular belief Jotnar are not stupid, well, not all of them. Some carry the wisdom of ages. These are the ones Odin would seek out to pick their brains in his quest to become the all knowing. And once he had picked their brains he normally took their head... clean off of their shoulders.

One exception was Mimir, because the Vanir got their first, but Odin brought the head back to life with mystic chants and herbal therapy. Why let a clever head go to waste?

Norse mythology is choc-a-bloc of Giants. Full list coming soon...

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'JOTUN' - Norse database entry - 19 Nov 2007
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