Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Freyjas Necklace

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."

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 ├ůsgard, 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.

This is one of my favorite tales from Norse Mythology and one that my manuscript "Gods and Fairytales" is based on. Did you like it?


Lan said...

What a great tale. I've only just started learning and reading about Norse mythology but it's so fascinating.

Anonymous said...

I did like it a lot! Infidelity never pays. Not even with the gods!

Susan Roebuck said...

Yes I did like it...but then you know I love these stories, don't you? Four days and nights, yikes...and they do say dwarves are very LOL. You're right, Loki must've been a right nuisance in Asgard, it's a wonder no-one threw him out at birth. BTW, who were Loki's parents?

Amalie said...

Love the story. I'm such a Norse pantheon freak.

Well, if I'm honest, I'm a sucker for anything Viking, and I'm probably a sucker for any kind of ancient mythology too, but I love the Norse myth so much better than the ever popular Greek/Roman.

Sabrina A. Fish said...

Love it. I love any kind of mythical tale.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I did like it! Doubt the necklace was worth losing Odur though.

Sarah Pearson said...

I'd never heard this one, I love it.