Skadi is the giantess goddess of winter, hunting, magic, the wilderness, revenge, judgement and justice. She the daughter of the shapeshifting frost giant Thiazi and divorced wife of the sea god Njord.
Skadi was a female frost giant who was the daughter of Thiazi born in his realm. Growing up with her father Thiazi tought her everything she needed to know about hunting. When her father kidnapped a young goddess to make her fall in love with him the gods forced Loki to get her back because he was the one who got her in that mess the trickster god went to Freya for help though she didn't get along with Loki Freya was nice enough to him her cloak which he needed. After Loki defeated the giant and returned Idunn to Valhalla the gods had a party to celebrate Thiazi's death and Idunn's safety the celebration quickly stopped when the doors slammed open and a icy scary cold wind blew in as the female giant Skadi walk through the doors she wanted vengeance and justice for her father's death.
The gods and goddesses told her that the feast was not to celebrate their victory but to honor Skadi and her father she didn't believe but stayed for the party and didn't attack any of them. Odin and the gods could see that Skadi wasn't pleased with the celebration so the king of the gods turned her fathers eyes into stars and placed them in space but Skadi still believe they were lying about honoring her father. The gods then decided to try to make her laugh but almost all of them failed after all the failed attempts Loki decided to try because he was the god of tricks not only did he cause trouble but he also made others laugh. Loki took a rope, some baskets of food and a goat and brought pain upon himself and embarrassment to make her laugh Loki also put the goat through pain to make her laugh which worked it was the first time ever the female frost giant laughed after Skadi lighted up she believed what the gods told her was true and enjoyed the celebration. After she was in a good mood the goddess they deities of Valhalla told Skadi that they were now going to honor the female giantess by having choose a husband so she could become a goddess Skadi was shocked this came with out warning but after the funny time she had Skadi believed well this must be true they are honoring me by having me became a goddess.
When the gods and goddesses decided to have Skadi married with asking how she felt about the idea they blind folded her at first then they had almost all of the males hide behind a curtain with their feet only visible they removed the blind fold and told her she had to pick by only looking at their feet. Skadi didn't like this she wanted to see who was going to be her husband she picked the best looking feet thinking they belonged to the most handsome god in Valhalla Balder the curtains opened and she was speechless with her choice and when she found out who it was. Her husband would be the old waterlogged sea god Njord father Freya and Freyr. The gods and goddesses laugh during the hole time when Skadi was blindfolded, when she didn't knew who she would become her husband, when her choices were behind the curtain, when she had to only look at their feet and when she found who she picked. After that Skadi was upset and didn't want to be a goddess but to upset to were she wanted to kill them early.
Skadi and Njord's marriage didn't last they both could tell they weren't happy Skadi didn't like living the sea and Njord didn't like living in the cold. They decided to live in their own realms instead of living together and see if that would work but it didn't so the two divorced. Later on Skadi would become married to Ullr the male god of winter and hunting they were happy because they both have a lot in common. Though Skadi and Njord broke up she grew close to his children Freya and Freyr during the time she spent with his family she became a mother figure to them.
Some people think that Skadi is married to Odin rather than Ullr because some the similarities with each Odin has been mistaken for Ullr and Ullr has been mistaken for Odin. Skadi is married to Ullr and Odin has fallen in love with her however she never loved him. Odin the king of the Norse gods has tried to trick her and make her fall in love with him.
During her time the deities of Valhalla Skadi gave Loki a warning even though she him making her laugh she did noticed that some of his tricks went to far Skadi told him about the plan that the gods had for him to stop Ragnarok and punish the trickster if he did anymore things to upset the gods. Skadi that Loki would be imprisoned in the underworld chained to a giant rock with a serpent dripping venom down on him. Loki didn't believe her and told Skadi many things that displeased the winter goddess he told how he was the one who killed her father and told her she would be much friendler if she in bed with him. Skadi took part in the act of imprisoning Loki after he killed Balder she was upset about that because she loved him she was also upet that Loki didn't listen to her waring that he went to far though she would miss the times he made her laugh she knew that Loki need to learn his lesson for all the trouble he caused.
It is said that when Loki and his children are freed the norse apocalypse Ragnarok will come ending all the gods and life. At least that seems when the violent battle is over there are few survives two humans and very few younger deities to create a new feature. Skadi is one of the goddesses to survive the ending rule of her new family the norse gods she lives to see the new rule, new world, new life and new religions.
Even though she was a goddess who lived in Valhalla Skadi loves the forests, mountains, ice, snow and frost more and spent more time her realm then the realm of the gods. She may have given up on her revenge on the Norse gods but she still brought vengeance, justice and judgment on others she felt desired it. In the final battle of the gods Skadi is of one the deities who survives because she doesn't take action during the battle though Skadi is strong, tough and likes a challenge she made the choice to stay out of the fight just like her step daughter Freya.
Freya loves her husband Ullr but loves her alone in the cold, mountains and wilderness more than anything else. She is a goddess of winter but she doesn't show the beauty of winter she shows the scary dark side of it to tech people how to fight it and survive it. Not only does she represent the cruel side of winter but the goddess became the inspiration for fictional characters who have ice powers. Skadi shows dark, cruel, scary things to help people face them the other icy, frosty, cold characters inspired by her they don't help people become stronger like goddess does they want people to suffer because they are evil. She is a symbol for dangers, perils and harshness of the cold weather her job is to make people stronger and tougher so they can survive against the cold.
When Norse Mythology came to an end Skadi was one the deities who reminded like all hunters she knows how to adapt and survive which helped her with the new religions. Skadi also become a Wiccan goddess in modern day times.
Ragnarok and Christianity are two different things one is a future event the other is a new religion but they both bring an end to the gods and creatures in norse mythology. But not everything ends as the old world dies in Ragnarok a new one is born and as the old religion fades away because of Christianity a new one comes in. Skadi and her stepdaughter Freya are some few gods to witness the end of something old and the rise of something new.
Skadi is one of the few deities left out of the tales about Ragnarok so it is a mystery to some people if ever takes part or if she doesn't it is also a mystery to those people if she lives or dies. But one thing that is known is that Skadi still keep her status as a goddess after the end of Norse Mythology and the end of its gods.
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- When Skadi wanted revenge on the male gods for killing her father she wanted revenge on all the deities including the female goddesses.
- When the deities of Asgard tricked Skadi into marrying Njord it wasn't only the male gods who humiliated her and laughed at her the female goddesses di the samething to Skadi.
- The gods and goddesses of Valhalla were mean to Skadi because she was frost giant who are the enemies of the Norse gods.
- In a game called Jurassic Tribes there is a dragon named after Skadi however in the the game the dragon's name is spelled Skaldi.
Folklore, Religions, and Myths