The Winning of Gerd - Gerd enthroned, with Skirnir standing over her: 1920 illustration by Harry George Theaker
Norse Gods

The Winning of Gerd

The Norse god Frey was the son of Njord of the Vanir and the brother of Freya. Like Njord and Freya, he was beautiful and well-beloved, and men sacrificed to him at marriages. But the story of Frey...
Jormungand towing Hymir & Thor through wild waves - Thor, the Giant's Kettle and the Midgard Serpent - The Viking Dragon Blog
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Thor, the Giant's Kettle, and the Midgard Serpent

   In between their epic battles and their prodigious journeys, the Norse gods were fond of feasting. Once they invited themselves to the hall of a giant named Aegir who kept a good table. Aegir d...
Painting of armored women riding war-horses through the clouds: "Valkyries" by W. T. Maud, retrieved from Dragon Blogs
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Brynhild's Origin and Brynhild's Love (Andvari's Curse, Part VI)

An earlier blog post described how the young hero Sigurd rode through a wall of fire to waken Brynhild, the beautiful armored woman who lay asleep within the enchanted ring. He had been told that s...
Sigurd bends over the sleeping Brynhild: "Siegfried und Brunnhilde" by Charles Ernest Butler, 1909, Dragon Blogs
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Regin's Death and Brynhild's Waking (Andvari's Curse, Part V)

An earlier blog post described how the young hero Sigurd killed the dragon Fafnir, who had once been human. Sigurd was egged on to this exploit by his foster-father Regin, who told Sigurd (truly) t...
Wedding guests staring at the sword Odin has thrust into the oak: Dragon Blogs
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Sigurd's Origin (Andvari's Curse, Part IV)

'Sigurd and the Dragon' described how Sigurd killed the dragon Fafnir, thus getting for himself fame, wealth, and Andvari’s curse. But even before he met Fafnir, Sigurd had inherited a complex load...
Fafnir Emerging From His Lair, Sigurd Facing Him, Sword in Hand; 'Sigurd and Fafnir' by Hermann Hendrich, 1906, via Wikimedia – Viking Dragon Blogs
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Sigurd and the Dragon (Andvari’s Curse, Part III)

'Fafnir and the Cursed Hoard' described how Fafnir and Regin murdered their sorcerer father Hreidmar for his treasure. Fafnir, the stronger of the two, drove Regin away and took the gold, and his f...
Fafnir and the Cursed Hoard (Andvari's Curse, part II) - Viking Dragon Blogs
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Fafnir and the Cursed Hoard (Andvari's Curse, part II)

Returning to Hreidmar’s house, Loki showed Odin the treasure and the ring, but concealed the curse. Odin saw that the ring was fair, and he resolved to keep it for himself.
Dwarf Andvari raging at the gods Odin and Loki: "Odin, Loki et Andvari" by F. von Stassen - Viking Dragon Blogs
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Andvari's Curse

In the world of the Norse myths, great tragedies sometimes grew from small mistakes. Take, for instance, the tale of Andvari’s curse, which shadowed the lives of the gods and of many generation...
Hringhorni with Balder - Pic by Pagan Roots - Viking Dragon Blogs
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Balder's Ransom

    'Balder’s Death' described how the trickster god Loki duped the blind god Hoder into killing Odin and Frigga's son Balder, the fairest of the gods. Balder’s death grieved most of his fellow...