Hymir (the dark one) In Norse mythology, a sea giant who owned a large caldron that the gods wanted. Tyr and Thor went off to fetch it from the giant. In one telling of the myth Tyr eventually killed Hymir. In another version Thor knocked Hymir overboard from a ship, and he drowned. The myth is told in the poem Hymigkuitha in the Poetic Edda and in the Prose Edda. In another myth, Hymir and Thor went fishing together and ventured into uncharted waters. When Thor hooked the Midgard Serpent, Hymir cut the line and allowed the serpent to survive. The episode is often depicted in drawings and carvings, with Thor’s feet protruding through the bottom of the boat while he has the serpent on his fishing line.


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