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In Norse mythology, Þrívaldi (anglicized as Thrívaldi or Thrivaldi), whose name means "thrice mighty", is a Jötunn killed by Þórr.

This fact is mentioned by Snorri Sturluson in the Skáldskaparmál (4), according to which "killer of Þrívaldi" ("vegandi Þrívalda") is a kenning for Þórr.


Leggi brauzt þú Leiknar,
lamðir Þrívalda,
steypðir Starkeði,
stéttu of Gjalp dauða.


Thou didst break the leg of Leikn,
Didst cause to stoop Starkadr,
Didst bruise Thrívaldi,
Didst stand on lifeless Gjálp.[1]


Snorri quotes one stanza by Bragi Boddason, who calls Þórr "cleaver apart of Þrívaldi's nine heads" ("sundrkljúfr níu höfða Þrívalda").


Vel hafið yðrum eykjum
aptr, Þrívalda, haldit
simbli sumbls of mærum,
sundrkljúfr níu höfða.


And the vast misshapen circler
Of the ship's sea-path, fierce-minded,
Stared from below in anger
At the Skull-Splitter of Hrungnir.[1]


And another stanza by Vetrliði Sumarliðason who praises Þórr for having battered ("lemja") Þrívaldi.

Þrívaldi is also listed in the þulur.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Skáldskaparmál stanzas 11-20, at voluspa.org.
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