"Freyja in the Dwarfs' Cave"

"Freyja in the Dwarfs' Cave"

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Occupation: Research Assistant


Brísingamen (non.) The name of the necklace that the dwarves gave to Freyja when she visited their workshop in a cave. The story is only occurs in Sörla þáttr in the 14-century Flateyjarbók manuscript.

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Artist Not Known Artist not known for this illustration in Asgard Stories

Gods and Goddesses

Freyja (non.) A fertility goddess and one of the Vanir. She is the daughter of Njörðr and the twin sister of Freyr.


Freyja and the Brísingamen Necklace (en.)This myth is not in the Eddas but is extant in Sörla þáttr, where the necklace is not named but was made by the dwarves. Details concerning a curse were added in the Victorian retellings of the myth.


Edwardian (en.)The Edwardian era began with the reign of King Edward VII, 1901 to 1910 (January 22, 1901 - 28 July, 1914). However, the era's end date is sometimes extended to the beginning of World War 1 (28 July 1914).
dvergar (non.) dwarves (en.) Dwarves often appear in Norse mythology as skillful smiths and wise beings. The objects that they made were often endowed with magical aspects. The dwarves made the treasures of the gods, e.g., Þórr's hammer.

Source Materials:

Asgard Stories (en.) Children's book by Mabel Cummings and Mary Foster published in 1901.
Sörla þáttr (non.) Heðins saga ok HögnaSörla þáttr is a short post-pagan tale that was commited to velum in 14 century Iceland. It is a continuation of Óláfs saga Tryggvasonar en mestaextant in the Flateyjarbók manuscript, and is also known as Heðins saga ok Högna

Source Persons

Cummings, Mabel (en.) Nationality: English
b. 28 Mar 1872
d. 24 August 1962
Occupation: Childrens book writer.
Nationality: American
Mabel Homer Cummings lived in Brookline, Massachusetts, as well as Boston and Cambridge. She was born on the 28th of March, 1872 in Cambridge, and died on the 24th of August, 1962 in Brookline. She lived with her sister, the horticulturalist and ornithologist Emma G. Cummings. She was a school teacher and the headmistress and co-founder of the high school Brimmer and May, where Cummings Hall is named after her. She graduated from Smith College in 1895. She was almost certainly a founding member of the College Club of Boston, the first women’s college club in the United States, and bought the building at 76 Marlborough in 1893.
Foster, Mary (en.) Nationality: American
Occupation: Childrens book writer and schoolteacher.
b. 19 Dec 1848
d. 27 Oct 1914