Sleipnir was searching for a rider worthy of its stature -- someone who would not fall off no matter how fast he galloped across the land. But alas, no one could match the prowess of its former master, the demon king. Without a rider to mount him, Sleipnir felt as lost as a fish out of water.
In Norse mythology, Sleipnir (Old Norse "slippy" or "the slipper") is an eight-legged horse. Sleipnir is attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources, and the Prose Edda, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson. In both sources, Sleipnir is Odin's steed, is the child of Loki, a shape shifter and god of mischief, and Svaðilfari, is described as the best of all horses, and is sometimes ridden to the location of Hel. The Prose Edda contains extended information regarding the circumstances of Sleipnir's birth, and details that he is grey in color.
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