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Thrud is a daughter of the Norse deities Thor and Sif.[1]

Creative origins

In the 13th century Prose Edda, Snorri Sturluson describes Thrud as one of the goddesses of the Aesir, and names her parents as Thor and Sif. Kennings referenced in the Prose Edda's Skaldskaparmal appear to describe a lost story where Thrud is kidnapped by the giant Hrungnir.

In the poem Alvissmal, the dwarf All-Wise asks Thor for his daughter's hand in marriage, describing her as "lovely as snow". Thor refuses, and demands that All-Wise the names of many things in the languages of the humans, Aesir gods, Vanir gods, giants, dwarves, elves, and inhabitants of Hel. Thor keeps him talking until sunrise—the poem ends here, and commentators usually assert that the dwarf is turned to stone by sunlight, although this is not explicitly stated in the poem. Thor's daughter is usually assumed to be Thrud, but she is not specifically named in this poem.

Thrud is also given in Grimnismal stanza 36 as a name of one of Odin's valkyries.

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