Eldir (meaning "fire-stoker") was a servant of Ægir and Ran in Norse mythology. At the banquet depicted in the Lokasenna, he served the gods alongside Fimafeng, who was killed by Loki. Loki is driven off by the gods, but returns and confront Eldir outside the banquet hall.
In the Lokasenna
Eldir only appears in the Lokasenna;
- "Speak now, Eldir,
- for not one step
- farther shalt thou fare;
- what ale-talk here
- do they have within,
- the sons of the glorious gods?"
- "Of their weapons they talk,
- and their might in war,
- the sons of the glorious gods;
- from the gods and elves
- who are gathered here
- no friend in words shalt thou find."
- "In shall I gointo Ægir's hall,
- For the feast I fain would see;
- bale and hatred I bring to the gods,
- And their mead with venom I mix."
- "If in thou goest to Ægir's hall,
- and fain the feast wouldst see,
- and with slander and spite
- wouldst sprinkle the gods,
- think well lest they wipe it on thee."
- "Bethink thee, Eldir, if thou and I
- shall strive with spiteful speech;
- richer I grow, in ready words
- if thou speakest too much to me."