Poetic Edda - Hymir's poem [extract]
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
The Poetic Edda
from Hymir's poem
The protector of humans, the slayer of the serpent
baited his hook with the ox's head
He whom the gods hate, the Circumscriber
beneath all lands, gaped at the bait.
Then very bravely Thor, the courageous one
pulled the gleaming serpent up on board.
With his hammer he struck the head
violently, from above, of the wolf's hideous brother
The sea-wolf shrieked and the underwater rocks re-echoed
all the ancient earth was collapsing
then that fish sank into the sea