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The Jötnar (singular Jötunn) were a major faction of Isu who primarily operated in Jötunheimr, an Isu realm which held dominion over Southern/Mediterranean Europe. They are ruled by the jötnar Isu Jupiter. Despite Jupiter having absolute dominion over the jötnar faction of Isu, a splinter faction of jötnar Isu called Muspels dwelled in Múspellsheimr, an Isu realm that held dominion over North Africa.

Much like in Norse mythology, they were remembered for regularly come into conflict with the Norse deities, like the Æsir and the Vanir.


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.


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

Most of the jötnar are depicted with pale blue skin, but in Norse myth, there is no record of jötnar ever being described as blue. The coloration is ice-like, which is also seen in the Jotuns from the 2011 Marvel film Thor, as well as frost giants in Dungeons & Dragons. Surtr, who is not associated with ice, does not share this coloration, which suggests that it is intended to reflect their environment rather than reflecting a subspecies or racial group.