You might remember that I in an earlier post wrote about gygre, a common name used for female troll and giant. Personally the most interesting gygre you find in Norse mythology, and I think one could write a whole book about these female giants. Ran is one of them. Let me tell something about her in a more narrativ form:
Ran was a gracious hostess at her husband’s feast. Her husband, a giant with power over the sea had ever so often feasts where gods and giants were invited as guests. His home was the home of peace, nobody could fight or argue with weapons. When she was not a hostess, she asked their lovely daughters to cover themself in transparent veil, to travel out on the ocean and lure the seafarers. The seafarers who saw the beautiful sight of women moving into the sea, 9 in all, were lost in the beauty of the beautiful and abruptly caught by Ran’s powerful fishing net that she threw over them. They drowned, embraced in beauty and in her net.
When the world was new, created out of the giant Ymir, Odin took a walk along the ocean. He came to a place where he saw nine women play in the water. The women were beautiful. And Odin stood there looking at them. So beautiful it was that Odin with his mere mind made the nine women pregant.
The nine women became pregnant and gave birth together to one only son. The son was Heimdal, he who guards the entrance to the home of the gods. The god Heimdal himself said:
Nine are my mothers,
I am nine sisters’ son.
The illustration of Ran is from here.