KS2 English: Viking Sagas. 6: Thor and the giants - Part 3

6: Thor and the giants - Part 3

Thor has failed the first of the challenges. But he refuses to give up and demands that the giants set him another task - one that will really stretch him - so Skrymnir calls for his cat.

The 'cat' turns out to be rather larger than the average moggy - about the size of a cow - and Thor's challenge is to lift the cat from the floor. Thor strains every muscle...but can only lift one paw from the ground. Thor has failed again.

Thor demands a final challenge and this time Skrymnir calls for 'Hel' - a little old lady that Skrymnir says is his great, great, grandmother. A wrestling contest begins and within a moment or two Thor is on his back having been soundly beaten. He has failed again.

The following day Thor and Loki are about to return to Asgard in shame when Skrymnir reveals that he has been using magic against them all along: one end of the drinking horn was actually drawing liquid from the sea...the 'cat' was actually a serpent that winds itself right around Jotunheim...and the old lady - 'Hel' - is actually death itself, which no-one can defeat. Thor is outraged and vows to return for vengeance.

Teacher Notes

This series can be used to increase pupils' familiarity with a broad range of texts and narratives, including myths, legends and traditional stories and to make connections between these and other stories they are familiar with.

It will also support a broad range of writing objectives.

Curriculum Notes

This series is relevant for teaching English at KS2, in England and Wales and Northern Ireland, and at First and Second Level in Scotland.

More from the series: Viking Sagas

5: Thor and the Giants - Part 2
7: Apples of Iduna - Part 1
8: Apples of Iduna - Part 2