Monday, May 16, 2011

Loki and Freyja

One day Freyja was out walking along the border of the kingdom of the Black Dwarfs. 
As she walked she noticed some of the dwarfs making a beautiful necklace. It glistened as golden as the bright sun and Freyja just had to stop and admire it. "Oh, you must sell me the necklace. I will give a treasure of silver for I cannot live without it. I have never seen one as beautiful." 

The dwarfs told her that all the silver in the world could not purchase the Brisingamen. Believing she could not endure without owning the necklace she asked, "Is there any treasure in the world for which you would sell me the necklace?"

The dwarfs talked among themselves and answered "Yes, you must buy it from each of us, for it is the treasure of your love. If you sleep with each one of us for a day and a night, Brisingamen shall be yours."
Special Guest Appearance, yes you guessed it Minnie has something to say
Minnieism for today:

"Whats a girl gotta do to get a little sparkle in her life, sleep with a dwarf ?"

Bewitched by the sparkle of the beautiful necklace, Freyja was overcome with desire. She forgot her husband Odur, and she agreed to the pact. No one in Aesir knew about this arrangement except the mischief-maker Loki, who seemed to always be around when trouble was brewing.

After four days and nights of these unions, Freyja returned home wearing the necklace as if nothing had happened. Loki seeking favor from Odur informed him of what had taken place in the land of the dwarfs and furiously Odur demanded proof of Freyjas adventures. To provide evidence, Loki set out to steal the necklace. Turning himself into a flea, he flew into Freya's chambers and bit her on the cheek while she slept. The bite caused Freya to turn so he was able to remove the necklace.

Loki went to Odur and showed him the evidence of her infidelity with dwarfs. Odur tossed the necklace aside, left the kingdom of Åsgard, and traveled to far distant lands so that he could cool off. Sleeping with dwarfs was the one thing he could not forgive her. Freyja woke the next morning to find both her necklace and husband gone. 

Weeping, she went to Valhalla to confess to Odin that she had slept with dwarfs in order to gain the beautiful necklace of Brisingamen. The kindly Odin forgave Freyja for her once again proven wicked ways, but demanded a penance. Taking the Brisingamen from Loki, he commanded Freyja to wear the necklace for eternity and sometimes Freyja can be seen wandering the world in her golden chariot searchng for Odur. As Freyja weeps, the teardrops that land on soil turn to gold in the rocks, those that fall in the sea turn to amber.

10 comments:

Lauracea (Sue R) said...

Oh dear, that's a sad tale. But sleeping with all those dwarfs? Frejya, Frejya tsk tsk. I guess she still has Thor... :)
Welcome back Minnie - I missed you.

Craziness abounds said...

I hadn't heard this tale. I loved it!

Bossy Betty said...

Now i know not to sleep with dwarfs just for jewelry. (Wish I had read this when I was in college.)

Karen Walker said...

One of the joys of going back to school a few years ago was that I got to take interesting courses like one in Norse mythology. I love these people and it's so nice to be reminded of them here at your blog.
Karen

N. R. Williams said...

I will be doubly concerned over any gold necklace I buy. Nice.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium

Dafeenah said...

So glad I do not like jewelry or gold. Although her punishment seems a bit tame. Wearing a necklace she wanted? Hmm I don't see that as punishment.

Elisabeth Hirsch said...

Now that's a necklace I'd love to see.

Michael Di Gesu said...

A hauntingly sad tale. Searching the world for her lost love for eternity. Poor Freyja.

Laura Eno said...

It's nice to see Minnie give her thoughts. :) That must have been some necklace!

Susan Kane said...

What a girl won't do for bling!
I love the Nordic stories. I have a great appreciation for the pain of dealing with Loki all the time.