Ran had once been a mermaid of the frozen seas, swimming amongst the icebergs and playing with the aquatic creatures to help distract them from the bitter chill. Yet in spite of her carefree life, she yearned to live on land. Her wish was granted through an encounter with the prince Aegir. She was reformed as a goddess by accepting the love of the smitten prince, and with her newly formed legs, she bathed in the seawater by day and resided at his palace at night. By her, a bridge was built between the two worlds.
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In Norse mythology, Rán (Old Norse "sea") is a sea goddess. According to Snorri Sturluson's Prose Edda book Skáldskaparmál, in his retelling of the Poetic Edda poemLokasenna, she is married to Ægir and they have nine daughters together. Snorri also reports 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 lends it to Loki so that he can capture Andvari. She is also associated with the practice of sailors bringing gold with them on any voyage, so that if they drowned while at sea, Ran would be pleased by their gift.