Skirnir is a humble servant of the gods. When the lovesick Freyr, god of sunshine and prosperity, falls in love with the beautiful goddess Geror, he sends Skirnir to woo her. The coy goddess refuses his advances until Skirnir threatens her with his mystical wand. But Skirnir is smart; for delivering her, he requires that Freyr give him his powerful sword as a reward.
Skirnir also performs favors for Odin, Father of the Gods. After the vicious wolf Fenrir evades capture, Skirnir visits the mountain dwarves, known for their mining and smithing. Together, they forge a magical restraint - called a Gleipnir - that binds the creature. Such undertakings mark Skirnir as much more than a servant; he is also a crafty vassal whose guile bends the arc of destiny.