Gather around brothers and sisters for I have another tale. For this is the tale of a hammer, a thief, and a wedding that shocked everyone. This tale begins one day when Thor awoke to find his hammer “Mjollnir” missing. Thor looked for Mjollnir in his room, but only found a message which said “if you want to recover your beloved hammer visit me in my domain so that we can negotiate. You will get it back in exchange for an appropriate Ransome” signed Thrym. Thor knew that Loki was the best negotiator in all the nine realms so he asked him to go to Thrym’s home in the land of giants in Thor’s stead. Loki arrived at Thrym’s palace in Jotunheim. Once he was face to face with Thrym he began negotiations. Once Thrym saw Loki he said “Dear Thor come closer for my sight is not as it once was in the past. You are now much slimmer than the last time we met”. Loki was shocked by Thrym’s statement for the differences between himself and Thor was no small thing. After negotiating Loki returned to Asgard with Thrym’s term for the return of Mjollnir. The term was that the Giant would return the hammer if Freyja “the most beautiful of all the goddess” was delivered to him as a wife. The Gods considered this idea outrageous, but without Mjollnir Thor could not defend Asgard.
After hearing the terms Odin called a council of all the Gods and Goddess; for the safety of Asgard depended upon them getting Mjollnir back. The council met. When many had spoken to no purpose, Heimdall arose. He proposed the idea to have Thor be clothed in Freyja’s garments. These words did not please Thor. He said, “The Asir will call me womanish if I let myself be clad in bridal raiment.” Loki rejoiced secretly at the thought of Thor in woman’s robes, and said “Speak not such words, Thor! The giants will soon rule in Asgard if you do not get back Mjollnir.” Everyone soon agreed that Heimdall’s words were wise and after some urging Thor allowed them to clothe him in Freyja’s garments. They put the famed Brisinga necklace around his neck; keys jingles at his side; precious stones sparkled upon his breast, and on his head was a neat coil. Loki was delighted, and he said to Thor, “I will go as your serving-maid; we will drive to Jotunheim together.” Thor and Loki got into the chariot that was being pulled by Thor’s goats. Like mountain winds let loose the goats sped on. The rocks shivered, and the earth was in a blaze; for the mighty thunder-god drove in his wrath to Jotunheim.
When Thrym saw them coming, he was glad; for he thought the desire of his heart was won. Frejya was to be his wife. Once they entered Thrym’s hall the ordered his servants to bring forth the feast to prepare for the wedding. Thor alone devoured an ox and eight salmon, and all the sweetmeats women like. He also drank three barrels of mead. Thrym was astonished to see a woman eat so much, and he said, “Did you ever see such a hungry bride? I never saw a bride eat so much, nor a maiden drink so much mead!” The crafty serving-maid sat close by and found a ready answer. She said to the giant, “For eight days Freyja has eaten nothing, she has longed so for Jotunheim.”
Then the giant stooped to kiss the bride under her veil; but he suddenly sprang back, saying. “Why are Freyja’s look so piercing? Methinks fire comes from her eyes.” The crafty serving-maid found again fitting words. “Well may her eyes be piercing; Freyja did not sleep for eight nights, so eager was she for Jotunheim.” The sister of the giant then came in. She, luckless woman, dared ask for a bride-gift “Give me the ruby rings from your hands,” she said, “if you would gain my friendship and my love.” Thrym then said: “Bring in the hammer to consecrate the bride. Lay Mjollnir on the maiden’s knees. Unite us with each other in the name of Var.” When he saw the hammer, Thor’s heart leaped within him. Fierce joy filled his soul at the sight of Mjollnir. He rose in his might and slew Thrym and his servants. Last, of all, he slew the giant’s aged sister. For a bridal gift, she got the stroke of Mjollnir. Thus did Odin’s son get back his beloved his hammer, Mjollnir, back.