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The Jötnar (singular Jötunn) were the race of giants in Norse mythology, many of whom lived in the realm of Jötunheimr.

Mythology

The jötnar were towering beings who claimed singular descent from Ymir,[1] the first primeval being created in the chaotic void of Ginnungagap.[2] Although often referred to as anything from "giants" due to their size or "trolls" for perceived misshapen appearances, jötnar were in fact shape-changers who could take on any form.[1]

Most famously, the Norse trickster god Loki was half jötunn,[1] and fathered[3] three children[4] with the giantess Angrboða, who would later fight the gods during Ragnarök.

Influence

In the 10th century, Thorvald Hjaltason considered that Östen Jorundsson could have been the product of such a union as he sought out reliable men for his war band.[5]

Behind the scenes

The jötnar appear to be styled after their blue-skinned depiction in the 2011 Marvel film Thor, despite there being no record of jötnar ever being described as blue.

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