Old Norse Ska├░i Alternative: Skaoi, Skathi Pronunciation: Skay-dee
Scandinavia is appropriately named after her (Skadi + navia).
Skadi (Old Norvegian/Old Icelandic: Skadhi) (“shadow”) is a mountain giantess. She is the present wife of Uller and the former wife of the Vanic god Njord.
When the gods killed her father Thjazi, she journeyed to Asgard in full armor to avenge him. Settling for compensation for her fathers death, Skadi agreed that she would renounced a blood feud if they allowed her to choose a husband among them and if they succeeded in making her laugh.
The gods allowed her to choose a husband, but she had to choose him only by looking at thier feet; she choose Njord because his feet were so beautiful that she though he was Baldur. Then Loki succeeded in making her laugh, so peace was made, and Odin made two stars in the nights sky from Thjazi’s eyes.
After a while, she and her husband Njord separated, because she loved the mountains while he wanted to live near the sea. She is the goddess who tied the serpent above Loki’s body when he was bounded to the three rocks in the Elder Edda, Lokasenna.
Skadhi later bore a son to Odin: this son fathered the line of the Jarls of Hladhir, who were some of the greatest protectors of Heathenism in Norway during the extremely bloody and brutal process of the conversion of that country to Christianity. Place-names show that she was especially worshipped in eastern Sweden; in the Eddic poem Lokasenna, she speaks of her shrines and holy fields. Skadi is a goddess of skiing, hunting, revenge, protection of the clan, and those women who follow the path of the “Maiden Warrior”. This Giantess was elevated to the status of a Goddess at an early date, skalds have long called her the Goddess of the ski and snowshoe, and is a well-known bow-wife and huntress. These characteristics, along with her name – meaning shadow – point to a mistress or Goddess of the darker half of the year: winter.
She is also called “├ľndurdis” – “Ski goddess”.