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Thrym was king of the jotnar. In one legend, he stole Mjölnir, Thor's hammer, to extort the gods into giving him Freya as his wife. His kingdom was called Jötunheimr, but according to Hversu Noregr byggdist, it was the Swedish province Värmland, then a part of Norway.

During the investigation of Thor's missing hammer, Loki visits Jotunheim and comes across its ruler Thrym, sitting on a barrow, plaiting golden collars for his female dogs, and trimming the manes of his horses.

Thrym sees Loki, and asks what could be amiss among the Aesir and the elves; why is Loki alone in Jötunheimr? Loki responds that he has bad news for both the elves and the Aesir: that Thor's hammer, Mjölnir, is gone. Þrymr says that he has hidden Mjölnir eight leagues beneath the earth, from which it will be retrieved, but only if Freyais brought to him as his wife.

To trick the jotun king, Thor and Loki disguised themselves, with Thor being the bride and pretending to be Freya and Loki being the bridesmaid. The disguised Loki and Thor meet with Thrym and the assembled jötnar. Thor eats and drinks ferociously, consuming entire animals and three casks of mead. Thrym finds the behaviour at odds with his impression of Freya, and Loki, sitting before Thrym and appearing as a "very shrewd maid", makes the excuse that "Freyja's" behaviour is due to her having not consumed anything for eight entire days before arriving due to her eagerness to arrive.

Thrym was foiled in his scheme by the gracefulness of Heimdallr, the cunning of Loki, and the sheer violence of Thor. Thor, son of Odin, later killed Thrym, his sister, and all of his jotnar kin, which had been present at the wedding reception.