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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Hoard of Viking silver brings English King out of obscurity.

A ‘significant’ treasure trove of 186 Viking coins, ingots and jewelry was uncovered by amateur treasure-hunter James Mather, in a farmer’s field near Watlington, Oxfordshire, in October 2015. The Watlington Hoard, as it is now called, is a collection of silver bands, ingots, and 186 coins that is now unveiled at the British Museum. The find has shed some light on the period of Anglo Saxon history when King Alfred the Great of Wessex defeated the Viking Danes and then went on to banish his one-time ally, King Ceolwulf II of Mercia, from history. The…

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