Bergelmir (Bergelmer) (mountain old, that is, the old man of the mountain) In Norse mythology, a giant from whom all the frost giants descended. After the original giants were destroyed at the death of the primeval giant Ymir, whose blood flooded the earth, only Bergelmir survived. He and his wife climbed up to his boat made of a hollow tree trunk, according to the Prose Edda. Matthew Arnold refers to the incident in his narrative poem Balder Dead, saying that Bergelmir “on shipboard fled.”


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