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In Norse mythology, SkÝrnir is Freyr's messenger and vassal. His name means "the shining one". He was sent as a messenger to Jotunheim to conduct Freyr's wooing of Gerd on condition of being given Freyr's sword as a reward. He was also sent to the dwarfs to order them to make the chain Gleipnir for binding the wolf Fenrisulfr.

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Skirnir asked Freyr to lend him his steed, to lift him over the weird ring of flickering flame, and also his sword that swings itself against the tribe of trolls.
Skirnir then rode to where a shepherd sat on a mound and asked the shepherd how he (Skirnir) might win the welcome of Gerda and win his way through the hounds.
Skirnir scratched runes upon the wand he had, "a thurs' rune and three more", saying he would scratch them off as he had scratched them on if there was no need for them.
Of Thor and Giants (4851 words)
Skirnir told Gerd he was wooing her for Freyr.
Skirnir promised eleven golden apples (Idun's apple of youth?), but she flatly refused to consider Freyr's as a possible husband.
Skirnir told her that he would use Freyr's sword if she continued to refuse to marry Freyr.
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