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is the Midgard-snake, the great world-serpent, which, tail in mouth, girds and keeps up the whole created world; had you torn that up, the world must have rushed to ruin! As for the old woman, she was Time, Old Age, Duration; with her what can wrestle? No man nor no god with her; gods or men, she prevails over all! And then those three strokes you struck- look at these three valleys ; your three strokes made these!”
Thor looked at his attendant Jötun; it was Skrymir. It was, say Norse critics, the old chaotic rocky Earth in person, and that glove-house was some earth cavern! But Skrymir had vanished; Utgard with its sky-high gates, when Thor grasped his hammer to smite them, had gone to air; only the giant's voice was heard mocking, "Better come no more to Jötunheim!”
This is of the allegoric period, as we see, and halfplay, not of the prophetic and entirely devout, but as a mythus is there not real antique Norse gold in it?
Snor'ro (1179—1241), a historian and Thor, the second principal Norse god; high legal officer of Iceland.
the god of thunder. O'din, a Norse god, regarded as the Jöltun land, or Jöltun heim (Yê'toon
source of wisdom and the pro- him), the land of the giants.
tector of culture and of heroes. port man'teau, a travelling-case. in dom'it a ble, not to be subdued. Mid'gard, in Norse mythology, the per en'ni al, never failing; unceasing. abode of the human race.
THOMAS CARLYLE (1795–1881) was a noted Scotch essayist, historian, and philosopher. This extract is from his “Heroes and Hero-Worship."