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jotun (plural jotuns)
- (Norse mythology) A member of a race of giants who usually stand in opposition to the Æsir and especially to Thor.
1831, Walter Savage Landor, “Gunlaug”, in Gebir, Count Julian: And Other Poems:
- Some with disdain his reasons heard, / While others wisht the cause deferr'd. / Then Ormur spake, in speech of scorn, / Ormur, the friend of Asbiorn, / Who, daring singly to engage, / A jotun, proved his fatal rage.
1908, The Elementary School Teacher, volume 8, page 214:
- When Christianity became the religion of the people the trolls gradually assumed something of the role formerly played by the more powerful Jotuns.
2005, Ingri D'Aulaire, “Loki, the God of the Jotun Race”, in D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths, page 42:
- When Odin was still young — before he had hanged himself on Yggdrasil and drunk from the Well of Wisdom — his eyes had fallen on a jotun named Loki.