Goddess Freya

Goddess Freya was extremely beautiful. Even more beautiful than the omniscient beauty Sif – the wife of the god Thor. Goddess Freya came to the Aesir after the great war between the Vanir and the Aesir. With the thought of reconciliation, she agreed to stay with the Aesir. However, Freya fell in love with Od, with whom she created her two daughters, Hnoss and Gersemi. But Od loved to travel and abandoned the goddess Freya without explanation. She did not know the reason and sadness came over her. Every tear of hers turned every rock into red gold.

Goddess Freya had only one consolation – to seek beauty. Her daughters gave her comfort, but her inner attraction to beautiful and expensive things also filled her with joy. Compensating for the pain of the abandoned goddess was the journey as she flew in her falcon feather cloak, as well as her chariot drawn by two cats. She also traveled to her faithful boar Hildisvini.

Goddess Freya and the Dwarves

One night, a winter night, cold and frosty, shortly before dawn, the goddess Freya prepared to leave. She adorned herself with her best jewelry, but decided to walk to her destination – it was strange that she did not want to use her chariot, the wonderful cloak, or the boar. She came out on a frosty night, and her tears turned the sand to red gold. She walked and reached a place with huge stones, where she squeezed through and reached a cave. In the darkness, she heard and heard muffled rumbles mixed with water droplets from the damp cave. She listened more, went deeper, and the rumbles formed into distant hammer blows.

She felt more and more attracted to the rhythmic beating and went even deeper, into the bowels of the earth, where it was warm and getting warmer. She reached the smithy of the four dwarves Alfrigg, Dvalin, Berling, and Grerr. They worked hard on the Brisingamen gold necklace.

The goddess Freya instantly liked the gold necklace and told the dwarves to sell her the wonderful jewel. One of the dwarves said it wasn’t for sale, but they offered her – if she slept with each other for one night, she would get Brisingamen. Goddess Freya agreed.

Freya and the dwarves, 1871 Louis Huard

Freya left, and Loki, waiting in front of the cave, waited all the time – he saw her in the palace from the beginning, followed her, waited for her, understood what had happened and went immediately to Odin to tell him. Odin enraged with jealousy – the goddess Freya and the four dwarves – what a disgrace!

Loki, with his talent for mischief and gossip, went under Odin’s skin with this news, and Odin ordered Loki to steal the necklace so that the goddess Freya would appear before him to wash away her shame.

Loki broke into Sessrumnir Palace and headed for the chambers of the goddess Freya. However, her door was locked. He decided to turn into a fly, entered through a hole in the roof, the door itself fitted tightly, and the lock was impossible even for a fly to pass.

Freya lay on her back, the clasp of her necklace falling under her neck. Loki turned into a flea, bit her, and Freya turned sideways, the clasp gleaming with all its beautiful golden luster. Loki transformed into himself again, unbuttoned the necklace and went out the door to finish his nefarious deed.

Freya woke up, but didn’t touch the necklace, got up and immediately realized that this hellish thing was Loki’s. She immediately turned to Valaskjalf and asked Odin where her necklace was.

Odin, in turn, expressed his disappointment with her dealings with the dwarves and punished her – he said he would return the necklace only if she obeyed his order. To provoke a war between two human kings in Midgard, and every time a man dies, to bring back the dead to continue fighting. The battle had to be endless.

What should the beautiful goddess do – she accepted and received back the lovely necklace.

Heimdall returns Brisingamen to Freya, (1846) Nils Blommer