Hrímþurs (hrím-þurs) is utter stagnation. Gerður (mankind, we) lives an all-material life, and forgets how to use life-spans to seek perfection.
Forgets, yes, as she knew all the time about lognfara lundurinn Barri (the peaceful inner grove).
It is Gerður who suggests where to find her divine part.
Gerður, at last, understands, and wants to find her divine part in here.

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