Young Folks' Treasury: Myths and Legendary Heroes
Thor's Adventures Among The Jötuns
ADAPTED BY JULIA GODDARD
Once upon a time Thor set out upon his travels, taking Loki with him, for despite Loki's
spirit of mischief he often aided Thor, who doubtless, in the present expedition, felt that
Loki might be of use to him.
So they set off together in Thor's chariot, drawn by its two strong he-goats, and as night
drew nigh, stopped at the hut of a peasant, where they asked food and shelter.
"Food I have none to give you," said the peasant. "I am a poor man and not able even to
give supper to my children, but if you like to rest under my roof you are welcome to do
"Never mind the food; I can manage that," said Thor, dismounting from the chariot and
entering the hut.
It was a poor place, and not at all fitted to receive one of the Asi, but Thor was glad
enough to meet with it, wretched as it was.
"You can kill the goats," said he; "they will make us an excellent meal."
The peasant could not help thinking that it was a pity to kill two such fine animals; but
wisely thinking that this was no affair of his, and that the stranger had a right to do as he
pleased with his own, he set himself to obey Thor's orders, and with the help of his
daughter Raska soon spread a savory repast before the hungry god and his attendant.
"Sit down, all of you," said Thor; "there is enough and to spare."
So they all sat down, and the peasant and his children shared a more plentiful meal than
had fallen to their lot lately. Thor and Loki also did ample justice to the food, and when
supper was over the thunder-god bade the peasant gather the bones and place them in the
goatskins, and making them into a bundle he left them on the floor until the next
When the morning came and the early sun shone in through the crevices, Thor raised his
hammer, and instead of the bundle of bones the peasant and his son and daughter saw the
two goats standing as fresh and lively as if nothing had happened to them, saving that one
of them halted a little in his walk.
When they sought to learn why this should be, it was found that Thialfe, the boy, in
getting the marrow out of one of the bones, had broken it, and it was this that caused the
goat to go lame.