Alternative: Aurgelmir Pronounced: I-meer
Ymir is the founder of the race of frost giants and an important figure in Germanic cosmology. In the beginning of time he was formed from the primal ice of Niflheim, where it met with the heat from Muspelheim’s primal fire and melted (according to the Prose Edda) or from the mists rising from the rivers that flow from Niflheim (according to the Eddic poem Vafthrudnismal). Giants came forth from Ymir’s body while he slept. His legs spawned a man and a woman, who came out of his body through the armpits.
The primal cow Audumla had four udders of milk which fed Ymir. Audumla licked hoar frost and salt from ice, eventually revealing Buri, father of Bor and the grandfather of Odin, Vili and Ve.
Odin and his brothers killed Ymir. Only two giants survived the flood of Ymir’s blood: Ymir’s grandson, Bergelmir (son of Thrudgelmir), and his wife. They made the sky from his skull, the earth from Ymir body; his blood became the sea and the waters of the earth, his bones the rocks, and his hair trees and bushes.