Listed fourth by Snorri Sturlusson in Gyfaginning is another Goddess who is said to be a virgin. Unlike Frigga, who is according to Snorri served by the other Goddesses, Gefjon is in turn served by those women who die before they have had the opportunity to marry. She was also at Aegir' s drinking party that is told to us in Skaldskarparmal, along with Fulla and others. At the Feast given by Aegir in Lokasenna, Gefjon along with other Goddesses tries to calm down Loki, and stop his badgering, and arguing. Loki verbally, and I may say slanderously attacks her by saying : " Shut up Gefjon ! The one I now mention, who you allowed to seduce you, that young boy, who gifted you jewelry, and then you layed your thighs over him.
The strangest story told about Gefjon comes from the beginning of Gylfaginning. It states that King Gylfi of Sweden : " Gave as payment for his pleasure the land she could plow in a day and a night with oxen. The oxen she used, however, were four of her sons she had by a Jotun. They plowed so hard and so deep that they deposited a huge chunk of land into the sound. Gefjon called this new land Selund. The hole left in Sweden filled with water and is now known as logrinn, which means the lake.
Gefjon is a contradiction in terms. First and foremost she is said to be a virgin and yet she has four sons ( the oxen ) by a Jotun . If this story is true it is even more disturbing because she is then the only Goddess to have mated and had children with a Jotun. Normally this is never even considered in Norse religion. You see Aesir indignation over a Goddess being taken by a Jotun when Idunn is kidnapped by a Jotun, and the Gods threaten Loki' s life if he does not get her back. I see Gefjon as a strong Goddess who is independent and is not afraid to go after and get what she wants.
Gerd is a Jotun who' s father is named Gymir and her mother is called Aurboda. Freyr who carelessly sat on Odin' s high - seat Hlidskjalf, spotted a beautiful Jotun maiden who' s arms shone like the sun. He quickly falls hopelessly in love with her. A despondent Freyr sends his servant Skirnir, with his horse and sword, to Gymir' s home, to bargain for the hand of Gerd. Gerd in turn wants nothing to do at first until Skirnir begins to threaten her with curses :
" Odin is enraged at you,
the prince of the Aesir is enraged at you,
Frey will hate you,
You wicked woman, you will feel
The powerful rage of the Gods.
Let the Jotuns hear,
Let the Frost - Giants hear,
The sons of Suttung, members of the Aesir,
How I forbid, How I ban,
The joy of men to the maiden,
The use of men to the maiden.
Hrimgrimnir is the name of the jotun who will own you,
Down below the gate to Hel Nagrind.
There let wretches on the roots of trees,
Give you goat piss.
A better drink you will never again get,
Maiden from your mouth. "
Skirnir then carves the staves for perversion, madness and impatience, and tells her that he will cast the spell if she continues to refuse his master. Gerd realizing that Skirnir has been sent by the Gods finally gives in to his demands and agrees to marry Freyr. Gerd agrees to meet Freyr in nine nights and marry him, at a place called Barri. Freyr instead of being happy laments :
" A night is long, longer are two.
How will I endure three ?
Often to me a month has seen shorter,
Than this half honeymoon. "
Some see this marriage ( joining ) as one of earth and soil, and the fertility of the earth ( Gerd ). I see it simply as love at first sight, and feel that it is refreshing that Gods and Goddesses can have the same strong feelings of love and depression as we humans have. Freyr, however, had to give up his magical sword that fought by itself to gain her love. He would sorely miss his favorite weapon when he had to face Surt at Ragnarok.
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !