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  1. Jotun, Jotunnnoun

    (Norse mythology) one of a race of giants often in conflict with the Aesir


  1. jotunn

    A jötunn (also jotun; in the normalised scholarly spelling of Old Norse, jǫtunn ; Old Norse pronunciation: [ˈjɔtonː]; plural jötnar/jǫtnar [ˈjɔtnɑz̠]) or, in Old English, eoten (plural eotenas) is a type of supernatural being in Germanic mythology. In Norse mythology, they are often contrasted with gods (Æsir and Vanir) and other non-human figures, such as dwarfs and elves, although the groupings are not always mutually exclusive. The entities themselves are referred to by several other terms, including risi, þurs (or thurs) and troll if male and gýgr or tröllkona if female. The jötnar typically dwell across boundaries from the gods and humans in lands such as Jötunheimr. The jötnar are frequently attested throughout the Old Norse record, with eotenas also featuring in the Old English epic poem Beowulf. The usage of the terms is dynamic, with an overall trend that the beings become portrayed as less impressive and more negative as Christianity becomes more influential. Although the term "giant" is sometimes used to gloss the word "jötnar" and its apparent synonyms in some translations and academic texts, jötnar are not necessarily notably large. The terms for the beings also have cognates in later folklore such as the British Yotun, Danish Jætte and Finnish Jätti which can share some common features such as being turned to stone in the day and living on the periphery of society.


  1. jotunn

    A jotunn, in Norse mythology, is a type of giant or troll-like being often depicted as antagonistic to the gods. Jotunn were also described to be very old and related to nature and primal elements; they could be both beneficial and harmful to humans. They are considered somewhat outside of the civilized world and its order, residing in Jotunheim, one of the nine worlds in Norse cosmology.


  1. Jötunn

    The jötnar can be seen throughout Norse mythology. The Jötnar are a mythological race that live in Jötunheimr, one of the nine worlds of Norse cosmology, separated from Midgard, the world of humans. They were banished there by the Æsir who refuse them entry to their world, Asgard. The giants frequently interact with the Æsir, as well as the Vanir. They are usually in opposition to, or in competition with, them but also interact with them in a non-hostile manner. Some Jötnar even intermarry with the Æsir and Vanir. This very complex relationship between these two comparable races develops most notably in the Prose Edda and the Poetic Edda.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of jotunn in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of jotunn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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