Now the Aesir did not have a cauldron of their own, and were therefore unsure as to what exactly they should do. Tyr, ( described in the tale as good - hearted. A strange thing to call a War God ), turned to Thor and told him that : " On the eastern shore of the Elivaga, where the sky ends, is Hymir' s great hall. My giant kinsman has a kettle, a mighty cauldron five miles deep. " Thor asked Tyr if he believed that Hymir would give it to the Aesir ? Tyr smiled and replied : " He will give it to us if we use guile ! "
That very day the Gods set out from Asgard to speak to Hymir at his great hall. Thor left his cart and goats with the Jotun farmer known as Egil, and walked with the rest of the Gods. The first of Tyr' s kinsmen they found was his grandmother. She was a fearsome creature who had nine hundred ugly heads. The Aesir expected more creatures to greet them at the hall but they were instead met with a beautiful white - browed woman dressed in gold, who welcomed them and brought them ale. This damsel was none other than Hymir' s mistress. " Hymir' s mistress gave the Aesir advice along with their ale. Kinsmen of Giants I counsel you, courageous as you are, to hide under cauldrons. I would not be surprised to see my sweetheart stingy with guests greet you unkindly.
Hymir was late in coming home from his hunting trip. As he came inside from the brutal cold of another severe Jotunheim winter icicles clattered and fell off of his long and frozen beard. His mistress was first to greet Hymir. She said with a pleasant smile : " Welcome home, you will find your son sitting in your hall, returned at last from his long journey. " Then she warned Hymir : " A friend to men and foe to the Giants is Tyr's companion, they call him Veor ( Thor ). Hymir could not see them because they were hidden behind a pillar. The Jotun gave the pillar an icy stare, and it flew apart, the pieces settling on the floor. The force of his angry look made the great cauldrons sway and fall from a crossbeam where they were hung. All of the cauldrons broke except one which was very heavy and well made.
The Gods, who were not intimidated, rose from their seats, and walked over to Hymir and came face to face with the Jotun. As Hymir faced his mighty foe Veor ( Thor ) he was not happy to see him in his hall for the Prince of Asgard had caused great pain and hardship for his kinsmen. And yet Hymir acted as the good host and had three bulls brought in at once, and commanded that they be cooked for dinner. Quickly the bulls were made ready and carried to the cooking fire. Veor ( Thor ) all by himself ate two whole steers !
Next : Thor goes fishing !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja' s love, and Thor's protection !