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In Norse mythology, Suttungr (/ˈsʊtʊŋər/ SUUT-uung-ər) was a jǫtunn, a son of Gillingr, who (along with Suttungr's mother) had been murdered by Fjalarr and Galarr.


Suttungr searched for his parents and threatened the dwarven brothers Fjalarr and Galarr, tying them and some other dwarves who killed Gillingr to a rock that would be submerged by the rising tide. The dwarves begged for Suttungr to spare their life and offered him the magical mead of poetry. Suttungr took it and hid it in the center of the mountain Hnitbjǫrg, with his daughter Gunnlǫð standing guard, whom he turned into a witch in order to guard it.

Óðinn eventually decided to obtain the mead. He worked for Baugi, Suttungr's brother, a farmer, for an entire summer, then asked for a small sip of the mead, which Suttungr refused. Baugi drilled into the mountain and Óðinn changed into a snake and slithered inside. Inside, Gunnlǫð was on guard but he persuaded her to give him three sips in exchange for three nights of sex. Óðinn proceeded to drink all the mead in the three containers, changed into an eagle and escaped. Suttungr chased him in the shape of an eagle, but Óðinn was able to escape him and returned to Ásgarðr. Gunnlǫð later bore Óðinn a son, Bragi.