Skrymir asked Thor if he would like to travel with him and Thor agreed that it sounded like a good idea. The Jotun untied his food bag and began to eat breakfast, while Thor went back to where the glove had been, and where his companions had been waiting to open his provision bag. Skrymir suggested that they should combine their supplies, and after Thor agreed, the Giant tied them all up in his bag, and carried them himself. During the day Skrymir trekked far ahead of Thor and his companions because of the immense strides that he took. In the evening Skrymir found them all lodging for the night under a large oak tree. Skrymir told Thor that he was tired and that he wished to lie down and sleep. He told Thor to get his own supper ready, and was soon fast asleep, and snoring loudly. Thor took Skrymir' s provision bag, and started to untie the knot that held it closed. No matter how hard Thor tried to untie the cord he could not get a single knot undone to open the bag. When he saw that he was just wasting his time he grew angry and gripped his hammer mjollnir with both hands. He stepped towards Skrymir as he lay beneath the oak tree, and struck him hard upon his head. Skrymir woke up and through his grogginess asked Thor if a leaf had fallen on his head, or if they had eaten their supper ? Startled, Thor replied that they were just getting ready to go to sleep.
At midnight Thor heard Skrymir snoring so loudly that it echoed through the woods. Thor' s anger rose once again and Thor went over to where the Giant was sleeping, and lifted his hammer over him. With a quick thrust Thor hit Ymir in the middle of his head with a fierce blow. He felt the face of the hammer sink deep into the Jotun' s head, but when he looked down Skrymir woke up, and asked what was the matter, " Did an acorn fall on my head ? " asked Skrymir. Thor thought quickly and told Skrymir that he just woke up and that it was still the middle of the night. As Thor went back to his companions he thought to himself that if he was given another opportunity he would strike Skrymir with such a blow that he would never survive.
Thor kept himself awake, and just before daybreak, when he knew that the Giant was asleep, he got up and walked over to the Jotun. Thor lifted his hammer as high as he could and with all his divine might struck Skrymir on the temple as hard as he could. This time the hammer sunk all the way up to the handle. Skrymir, however, opened his eyes, rubbed his cheek, and asked if there were any birds in the trees above, " I ask because I think some twigs fell on my head. " Skrymir continued. Skrymir then rubbed his eyes and said it was time to get up. He then told Thor that he did not have far to go to reach the stronghold of Utgard. He then added with a smile : " I have heard you whispering among yourselves that I am no small man, but if you get to Utgard you will see bigger men there. Now I am going to give you some advice. Do not behave in an arrogant manner in Utgard . Utgard - Loki' s friends will not put up with the bragging of such small men as you. Your other option is to go back, and in my opinion it would be better for you to do that. If you go on travel eastwards, for my way lies north of those mountains you are now able to see. " Skrymir then took the provision bag, and throwing it over his shoulder turned and walked into the woods. Thor and his companions thought to themselves that they were not sorry to see him go, and hoped to never cross paths with the Jotun again !
Next : Utgard - Loki
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