Hymir's Cauldron

Title

Hymir's Cauldron

Subject

Equiptment

Description

This massive cauldron was procured by Thor for the gods of Asgard who were looking for an eternal source of mead. The gods, intending to throw a feast, decided that Ægir, god of the sea, would host it for them. Ægir, unhappy with the tone of their request, said he’d only do it if the gods could supply him with a cauldron large enough. This particular cauldron, which is a mile deep, belonged to the giant Hymir and was the only cauldron large enough for their effort.

Hymir taunted Thor to demonstrate his strength to the giants if he wanted the cauldron and told him to prove it by shattering his glass goblet. Thor first threw the goblet at a stone pillar, but it was the pillar instead that broke into bits. Then Hymir's wife whispered to Thor that he should throw the goblet at Hymir's head, which was as solid as rock. Thor did so, smashing the goblet. Thor was able to hoist the cauldron to his shoulder, but as he was walking away, he turned around and saw that a throng of many-headed giants were coming after the gods for revenge. Thor then swung Mjöllnir again and again, killing all the giants.

But back Asgard in the mead flowed freely, and the gods were happy.

Creator

Dwarf craftsmen

Source

Myth

Contributor

Ashley Rieger

Type

Myth

Files

HymirCcauldron.JPG

Citation

Dwarf craftsmen, “Hymir's Cauldron,” The Museum of Fictional Literary Artifacts, accessed July 20, 2024, https://mfla.omeka.net/items/show/156.