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How the son of the Sun proposed in the land of giants

The joik (chant) Peivebarnen suongah jehtanasan maajisn (south Sámi), “How the son of the Sun proposed in the land of giants”, tells how the son of the Sun met the giant’s daughter. They wanted to marry, but first the giant wanted to test the son of the Sun’s strength and how tough his sinews were. This they would do tugging on each other’s crooked fingers.

The giant’s daughter soon realised that this would go badly. Luckily the giant was blind, so when he was ready to begin she offered him an anchor instead of the son of the Sun’s finger. The giant was impressed by the son of the Sun’s strength and agreed to let him have his daughter. They had three sons, who became the forefathers of the Sámi. The sons were called Gallibartnit, which is also the name of the three stars we know as Orion’s belt from Greek mythology.

Sources:
Lundmark, Bo, 1979: Anders Fjellner – Samernas Homeros.
Lundmark, Bo, 1982: Skapelse och början i samisk saga och sägen, i Samefolket nr. 10.

 
Ceavccageađge/Transteinen i Mortensnes. Govva/Foto: Mihkku Solbakk