The Treasures of the Gods

The Treasures of the Gods

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Draupnir (non.) Odin's gold ring which has the power to multiply itself.
Mjöllnir (non.) Mjollnir (en.) Þórr's hammer that returns to his hand after he throws it.
Sif's Golden Hair (non.) The hair created by the dwarves to replace the hair that Loki cut off.
Skíðblaðnir (non.) A boat belonging to Freyr or Odin, depending on the myth.


The Treasures of the Gods The six treasures of the gods were made by two groups of dwarves at the request of Loki after he cut off Sif's hair while she was sleeping. Loki asks the dwarves to make the treasures in order to appease Sif’s husband, Þórr. The Sons of Ivaldi make golden hair to replace Sif's hair and also make the spear Gungnir and the ship "Skíðblaðnir. Loki bets the dwarves Brokkr and Eitri that they can not produce treasures equal to the ones made by the Sons of Ivaldi. Brokkr and Eitri create the boar Gullinbursti, the ring Draupnir, and Þórr’s hammer Mjöllnir. The gods judge Mjöllnir to be the greatest of the treasures. Loki loses the bet and almost loses his head but keeps it because the bet did not involve harming his neck.


Victorian (en.)The Victorian era began with the reign of Queen Victoria and ended with her death (June 20, 1837 – January 22, 1901).
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.
hamarr (non.) hammer (en.)
hringr (non.) ring (en.)

Source Materials:

Wonderful Stories from Northern Lands (en.)Julia Goddard's collection of retellings based on eddaic poems, sagas and ballads.

Source Persons

Goddard, Julia (en.) b. 11th July 1825
d. 30th September 1896
Nationality: British
Julia Goddard was a British children's writer, animal rights activist, journalist and artist. She wrote over 25 books in her lifetime.
Weigand, W.J. (en.) b. Unknown
d. Unknown
Nationality: British
Illustrator and draughtsman whose work was published in many London magazines.