The god Thor wades through a river while the Æsir ride across the bridge Bifröst by Lorenz Frølich - Published in Gjellerup, Karl (1895). Den ældre Eddas Gudesange

Thor Wades Past Bifrost by Lorenz Frølich 1895, #ThrowbackThorsday for 3/12/15

Thor wades through a river while the other Aesir ride across the bridge Bifrost. Illustration by Lorenz Frølich, published in Gjellerup, Karl (1895). Den ældre Eddas Gudesange. According to the poem Grímnismál, Thor wades through four rivers to reach his chariot from Asgard rather than simply keeping Tooth-Gnasher and Tooth-Grinder and the chariot itself in Asgard and then riding Bifrost out to the other realms. This is because the path his chariot takes causes much destruction – it’s the source of violent weather, after all, and could destroy the Rainbow Bridge. This is only one possible interpretation of a verse that isn’t elaborated on in other parts of the mythology.

1866 Benjamin Thorpe
in Edda Sæmundar Hinns Frôða
The Lay of Grimnir

29. Körmt and Örmt,
and the Kerlaugs twain:
these Thor must wade each day,
when he to council goes
at Yggdrasil’s ash;
for the As-bridge
is all on fire,
the holy waters boil.

Here’s a colorized version of that same image that may help you see detail, even though it’s a lower resolution:

Thor Wades Through a River as the Aesir Cross Bifrost by Frolich, Color Version
Thor Wades Through a River as the Aesir Cross Bifrost by Frolich, Color Version
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