Ái and Edda


Ái ("Great-grandfather") and Edda ("Great-grandmother") were the first couple visited by the mysterious wanderer Rígr on his travels. They invited him into their humble dwelling and provided him with poor, rough food. He shared their bed for three nights, sleeping between his hosts, and nine months later Edda gave birth to a child. They sprinkled his swarthy skin, and named him Þræll. He became the ancestor of the race of thralls or serfs.

After his visit to Ái and Edda, Rígr continued his journey until he came upon the dwelling of Afi and Amma.



  • Rígsþula, 2-7.