"Rán”
Charcoal on strathmore paper 18”x24”
2001

In Norse mythology, Rán (Old Norse "theft, robbery") is a sea goddess. According to Snorri Sturluson's Prose Edda book Skáldskaparmál, in his retelling of the Poetic Edda poem Lokasenna, she is married to Ægir and they have nine daughters together. He also informs that she had a net in which she tried to capture men who ventured out on the sea:

"Ran is the name of Ægir's wife, and their daughters are nine, even as we have written before. At this feast all things were self-served, both food and ale, and all implements needful to the feast. Then the Æsir became aware that Rán had that net wherein she was wont to catch all men who go upon the sea."

Her net is also mentioned in Reginsmál and in the Völsunga saga where she lent it to Loki so he could capture Andvari.

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