Also known as Iarnsaxa, Jurtensaxa
- Norse (culture)
- Giant (attribute)
- Neutral (behaviour)
- Frost Giants (common type)
A Gygr or Giantess of Scandinavia. A Giantess who married the Norse god Thor. She bore him two god sons Magni meaning ‘Strength’ and Modi meaning ‘Courage’.
She like most Gygrs was very beautiful and so she was Thor's lover (According to Snorri Sturluson's Prose Edda). By him she was the mother of Magni. It is possible that this was the same person as Sif.
According to the Poetic Edda poem Hyndluljoo, Járnsaxa is the name of one of the Nine Mothers of Heimdallr. She is also known to be a princess of the Jotunns. Heimdall's nine mothers were the daughters of Aegir and Ran.
Her name means 'iron-saxa' saxa referring to Saxon.
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