The beautiful giantess Atla is the Norse goddess of water. She is the daughter of Aegir and Ran, god and goddess of the sea.
Atla is one of the nine wave maidens who lives at the bottom of the sea, watching over the World Mill that continually turns with the seasons to bring the earth and its people fertility and harmony.
According to legend, Odin, god of wisdom, discovers Atla and her wave maiden sisters asleep on a beach. Overcome by their beauty, he marries all of them at once, and simultaneously the sisters give birth to Heimdal who grows up to become the guardian of the gods.