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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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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