is one of the nine worlds, the
homeland of the frost giants and rock giants. Situated
in Midgard, on the middle level
of the Norse universe, Jotunheim is separated from Asgard
by the river Iving, which never freezes over. It
lies in the snowy regions on the outermost shores of the
ocean. Mimir's well of wisdom is in Jotunheim,
beneath the Midgard root of the ash tree Yggdrasil.
is ruled by Thrym ("uproar"), the feared king of
the frost giants. The stronghold of Utgard, the
chief city of Jotunheim and the abode of the giants, is
ruled by the giant Utgard-Loki. Other strongholds
include Gastropnir, home of the giantess Menglad,
and Thrymheim ("house of uproar"), mountain stronghold
of the giant Thiazi.
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