In the Prose Edda book Gylfaginning, the enthroned figure of High tells Gangleri that Bölþorn was a frost giant, father of Bestla, who married Borr, and he is so maternal grandfather of Odin, Vili and Ve, who are children of Bestla and Borr.
According to Hávamál, Bölþorn is also the father of a nameless giant who taught Odin nine magic charms or "songs" (galdrar). Rydberg considers this nameless giant to be Mimir. When Bölþorn's grandsons killed Ymir, Ymir's blood killed all giants, except Bergelmir, Ymir's grandson, and his wife. It is unknown if Bölþorn survived this flood.
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