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In Norse mythology, Gillingr was the frost giant, father of Suttungr and Baugi and grandfather of Gunnlǫð. He and his wife were murdered by Fjalarr and Galarr. Gillingr is also a surname, although not very common.


Gillingr was said to be a foolish giant. Two dvergar, Fjalarr and Galarr, convinced him to row them out to the middle of a lake. They then sank the boat and grabbed on to the flotsam of the wreckage until they made it to shore. Gillingr was too foolish to do this and he drowned. His wife was killed when the two dvergar next got on the roof of her house and loudly moaned that Gillingr had died. When his wife, screaming in shock, ran outside, they dropped a millstone on her head, killing her as well.[1]

Suttungr vowed to get revenge and tied them to a rock that would soon be covered by the rising tide. The dvergar begged to be let free and promised to give him magic mead as a "thank you" for saving them. Suttungr agreed and received the magic mead as a result.