The Apple of Life from the Garden of Iðunn

Iðunn is the Norse goddess tasked as being the keeper of the golden apples that maintain the eternal youthfulness of the gods. Since the gods are not immortal, the apples are considered to be very precious. The Apples of Life come from the garden of Iðunn. Iðunn (also Idun, Idunn or Ithun) is the wife of the Norse god Bragi, who is the god of poetry. Since the gods are not immortal, the apples are considered very precious. (How to pronounce Iðunn <Listen here> or <here-click blue triangle to listen> /ˈɪːðʏn(ː)/  : -ɪːðʏn – Sounds like:…

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Release the Kráka! Aslaug crowed for Ragnar Lodbrok

Aslaug was a queen in Norse mythology. She appears in The Poetic Edda, the Völsunga saga, and in Ragnars saga Loðbrókar as being Ragnar Lothbrok’s wife (Ragnar “Lodbrok” Sigurdsson). In the Völsunga saga, Aslaug is said to be the daughter of the legendary hero Sigurd the dragon slayer (Sigurd “Fafnisbana” Sigmundsson, of Denmark). The dragon Sigurd slew was called Fafnir, the dwarven prince that was cursed into a dragon for possessing Andvari’s stolen gold. The saga also states that Aslaug is the daughter of Brynhildr, the shieldmaiden and valkyrie (Brynhild Budlasdatter). Aslaug is the mother of “Ivar the Boneless,” Björn “Ironside” Ragnarsson, Sigurd “Snake-in-the-eye” Ragnarsson, Rognvald…

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The Serpent Dragon Fafnir

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The Völsunga saga tells of the legendary hero Sigurd and of his slaying of the dragon Fafnir. Fafnir was a dwarven prince that was cursed into becoming a dragon by Andvari’s stolen gold and magical ring. Read about: The Curse of Andvari’s Stolen Gold and Magical Ring The Völsunga saga tell us that the Æsir gods Odin, Loki, and Hœnir, were out traveling and came across Ótr (otter), who was shape-shifted as an otter. Ótr was the son of Hreidmar, King of the Dwarves. Loki killed the otter (which was Ótr shape-shifted as an otter) with a stone and then the three Æsir, Odin, Loki, and…

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The Curse of Andvari’s Stolen Gold and Magical Ring. My Precious!

The Völsunga saga tells of the legendary hero Sigurd and of his slaying of the dragon Fafnir. Fafnir was a dwarven prince that was cursed into becoming a dragon from Andvari’s stolen gold and magical ring. Andvari, meaning”careful one” in Old Norse, is a dwarf who lives underneath a waterfall and has the power to change himself into a fish at will. Andvari had a treasure of gold and a magical ring named Andvaranaut. It is said, his magic ring helped him become wealthy. The Völsunga saga tells us: Loki used a net provided by the Norse goddess Rán, to catch…

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