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Norse Mythology on Dwarf on Dwarf legends and how they mixed in with the norse gods
Dwarfs are my favorite part of Norse Mythology and since The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is coming out soon I thougt I would write an article on Dwarf legends and how the Norse Gods did to them
The dwarfs are small and misshapen creatures made from the maggots in the giants Ymir dead boday. They lived under the ground in the world of , Nidavellir the home of the Dwarfs. The dwarfs were natural good at crafting and loved treasures and rare metals.
Alfrigg- Alfrigg was one of four dwarfs who made the Brisingamen for the goddess Freya. The other three Dwarfs who made the Brisingamen were Berling, Dvalin, and Grerr.
Alviss- Alviss “All Wise” was a dwarf, and a master smith. He was famous for his wisdom. Thor's daughter "Trud” was promised to Alviss, but Thor did not want Alviss to be married with his daughter
Andvare- Andvare was a craftsman and was a very wealthy dwarf. He was robbed by the god Loki, and lost everything he owned. Among his belonging was also a cursed ring, Andvarenaut. The ring Andvarenaut was currsed but had the same abilities as Draupnir Odin's Ring. Every ninth day eight new rings would drop out of Andvarenaut.
The eight new rings were of equal quality as Andvarenaut. The ring would always cast a great curse on the owner, and bring misery, bad luck, and make the owner unhappy
Austri:East- Austri was one of the four dwarfs named after the cardinal compass directions. The others are Vestri “West”, Nordi “North”, and Sudri “South”. Austri and the three other dwarfs was sent out into each corner of the world, holding up the four corners of the sky.
Berling- He was one of the four dwarfs who made the Brisingamen for the goddess Freya. The The other three were Alfrigg, Dvalin, and Grerr.
Brokkr- His name Brokkr, means “the one who works with metal fragments” or “blacksmith” Brokkr was a dwarf, and an incredible good craftsman. Brokkr had a brother by the name Eitri. The two brothers Brokkr and Eitri crafted Gungnir, Draupnir and Mjölnir.
Dain- He was a dwarf that with his brother Nabbi, made the magical boar named Hildisvini. Dain also made a sword, this sword "Dainsleif" was cursed. Once drawn, it must kill a man before it could be returned to the sheath. A blow from this magical sword never failed to kill or cause a wound that never healed.
Dvalin- He was one of the four dwarfs who made the Brisingamen for the goddess Freya. The other three were Alfrigg, Berling, and Grerr.
Eitri- Eitri was a dwarf who helped create three of the precious objects of the gods. In a competition, the trickster god Loki bet the dwarf Brokkr and Eitri, that they could not make anything as fine as the gifts, as another group of dwarfs had already made for the gods, a golden headpiece, a ship, and a spear. Eitri and his brother Brokkr, then crafted a boear with golden bristles “Gullinbursti”, a gold ring “Draupnir”, and Thor's hammer “Mjölnir”. Experts working in the later part of the 20th century agree that earlier scholars had mistakenly applied the name Sindri to the brother of Brokkr.
Fafnir- Fafnir was the son of the Dwarf King Hreidamer and had two brothers who were named Otr and Regin.
Fafnir was a dwarf he had a powerful right arm and a brave soul. He was the guard of his father’s house. The house was made from gleaming gold and blinking gems. Fafnir was the strongest and most aggressive of the three brothers.
Fjalar- Fjalar was a Dwarf who had a brother named Galar Fjalar and his brother killed the Kvasir to get his wisdom, and turned his blood into the mead of poetry, which inspired poets. Fjalar and Galar murdered a giant named Gilling, along with his wife. Their son, Suttung, searched for his parents and threatened the two brothers, who offered him the magical mead. Suttun took it and hid it in the center of a mountain, with his daughter, Gunnlod, was standing guard. Odin eventually chose to get the mead. He worked for Baugi, Suttung's brother, a farmer for an full summer, then asked for a little sip of the mead. Baugi bored into the mountain but Odin shifted into a snake and slid inside. Just inside, Gunnlod was guarding but he swayed her to give him three sips. Odin continued to drink all the mead, shift into an eagle and hardly escaped.
Galar- Galar was the brother of Fjalar. They both killed the Kvasir to get wisdom.
Grerr- He was one of the four dwarfs, who made the Brisingamen for the goddess Frya. The three others were Alfrigg, Berling, and Dvalin.
Hreidmar- Hreidmar was a master magician, Hreidmar had three sons Regin, Fafnir and Otr, and two daughters Lofnheid and Lyndheid. Hreidmar owned a house of glittering gold and flashing gems built by Regin and guarded by Fafnir. After Otr was accidentally killed by Loki, the Asir repaid Hreidmar with the cursed ring Andvarinaut, plus the gold made by the ring. Fafnir and Regin killed their father for the cursed ring Andvarinaut. Fafnir decided that he wanted the ring for himself, so he turned into a dragon and drove Regin away. Hreidmar is also believed to have inspired the character Gandalf from the Lord of The Rings Series.
Lit- Lit was a dwarf that suddenly appeared at Balder’s funeral, and got in the way of the god Thor. Thor was as always hot tempered and kicked Lit, into the flames of the funeral ship. Lit hereby gained immortality in Norse mythology, by being burned to ashes along with Balder and his wife Nanna.
Lynheid- Lynheid was one of the daugters of Hreidmar, she had a sister named Lofnheid and three brothers, Fafnir, Reid, and Otr.
Vestri: West- Vestri was one of the four dwarfs named after the cardinal compass directions. The others are Austri “East”, Nordi “North”, and Sudri “South”. Vestri and the three other dwarfs were sent out into each corner of the world, holding up the four corners of the sky.
Nabbi- Nabbi was a dwarf, but not much is known about him.
Nordi: North- Nordi was one of the four dwarfs named after the cardinal compass directions. The others are Austri “East”, Vestri “West”, and Sudri “South”. Nordi and the three other dwarfs were sent out into each corner of the world, holding up the four corners of the sky.
Otr- Otr was the son of Hreidmar, Otr had two brothers Regin and Fafnir. Otr was a shape shifter and usually took the form of an otter. He was killed by Loki, because he thought he were a real otter. Hreidmar demanded to get enough gold to cover the dead otter’s pelt and fill its insides.
Sundri:South- Sundri was one of the four dwarfs named after the cardinal compass directions. The others are Austri “East”, “West”, Nordi “North”. Sundri and the three other dwarfs were sent out into each corner of the world, holding up the four corners of the sky.
Regin- Regin was a son of Hreidmar and had two brothers named Otr and Fafnir. He had a foster son named Sigurd.
While his brother Fafnir was cursed by the ring Andvarenaut, and turned himself into a dragon. Regin worked as a blacksmith for the Danish royal court. Regin was equally affected by the curse as Fafnir was, and got Sigurd to go and kill Fafnir. And Regin then planned to kill Sigurd afterwards, but the birds warned Sigurd, what Regin was about to do and killed Regin first.