ⓘ Skadi


ⓘ Skadi

Skadi is the goddess of hunting, the wild, mountains, and skiing in Norse mythology. She was born a jotunn, daughter of the late Thjazi. She is the wife of Njordr, whom she married as part of the compensation provided to her by the Æsir for killing her father. Her marriage to Njordr was an unhappy one, however, ultimately ending in their separation, as Skadi then took the god Ullr for her lover. In addition to being Njordr’s wife, Skadi is the stepmother of his twin children, Freyr and Freyja.


1. Marriage to Njordr

The gods were celebrating their slaying of the giant jotunn Thjazi and the simultaneous return of the youth-giving goddess Idunn when Skadi arrived, ready to avenge the death of Thjazi, her father. The gods were patient with the giantess, and convinced Skadi to ultimately accept a form of compensation instead of seeking vengeance.

First, Odin took Thjazi’s eyes and cast them into the night sky, where they became stars.

Second, the gods were to make Skadi laugh. After many feats were tried, none succeeded in bringing a smile to the jotunns face. At last, Loki tied one end of a rope to a goat and the other around his testicles as he began a game of tug of war with the creature.

Each screeched and howled in turn, until at last Loki fell over into Skadis lap. The giantess could not help but chuckle. Third, Skadi was to be given a god of her choosing in marriage, but she was to select him by the sight of his feet alone. She picked the fairest pair of feet she could see, thinking them to be those of Baldr. However, as it turned out, they were those of the sea god, Njordr.