Gymir is a very rich jötunn in Norse mythology

In Gods and Creatures by Skjalden

Gymir is a rich jötunn and the father of Gerd in Norse mythology. He lives together with his wife Aurboda in Jötunheim (the land of the giants).

In the lay of skírnir, Gymir was given Freyr’s magical sword as a gift for letting Freyr meet with his daughter after he had sent his servant to propose to her. Gerd and Freyr ended up getting married, but Gerd had added the term that he had to wait nine days.

Gymir's family tree

Gymir might be the sea jötunn Ægir, Snorri Sturluson has used his name as a synonym for him in the Skáldskaparmál. The name Gymir may refer to either sea or earth, however, this can not be concluded.


Jesse Byock (2005) Snorri Sturluson, The Prose Edda. 1st. edition. London, England: Penguin Books Ltd. ISBN-13 978-0-140-44755-2

Anthony Faulkes (1995) Snorri Sturluson, Edda. 3rd. edition. London, England: Everyman J. M. Dent. ISBN-13 978-0-4608-7616-2

Lee M. Hollander (1962) The Poetic Edda. 15th. edition. Texas, USA: University Research Institute of the University of Texas. ISBN 978-0-292-76499-6