is the primeval cow in Norse mythology
, coming into existence at the beginning of time through shaping of the melted Ginnungagap
ice . She lived off the Niflheim
ice, licking pieces of salt and hoar frost. The frost giant Ymir
lived off of her milk.
While licking the original Ginnungagap ice, Audhumla formed the shape of a man which became Buri, who later fathered Bor, father of Odin, Vili and Ve.