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The Skírnismál ('the lay about Skírnir') is a mytholgical lay in the Codex Regius.

It tells of Freyr's wooing of the giant's daughter, Gerðr. He has fallen in love with her and sends his servant Skírnir to woo her for him. He gives him his horse and his sword.

As her reactions to his advances leave much to be desired and she soes not even rise to Skírnir's bait of eleven golden apples and the ring Draupnir, he has to force her to agree with the threat of magic runes.

Ten days later the first meeting with Freyr is to take place in the grove Barri. Freyr complains longingly in the last stanza about the length of this interval. [1]


  1. Rudolf Simek: Dictionary of Northern Mythology (1993)