Idunn, Norse Goddess of Youth, Immortality & Springtime

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Agnes Olson

Idunn the Beautiful was the norse goddess of youth, immortality and springtime. Her husband was the god Bragi, her father was Ivaldi the Earth Dwarf, her mother was Sol the Sun and her three sisters were the Valkyries: Allvit, Swanvit and Obrun. Idunn was the kindest of all the gods and she was dearly loved both for herself and for her magical golden Apples of Youth (which she kept with her in an ashwood chest trimmed with gold). These apples were entrusted to Idunn by Jord, goddess of the earth, who also gave Idunn the tree from which they grew. Each morning, Idunn would glide about the hall where the gods sat and feasted together, and gave each an apple. No matter how many she took out of her chest, there always remained just the same number as before. When the gods ate of the apples, they grew fresh and young again, no matter how old and weary they had felt before. For even the gods of Asgard grew old and weary sometimes; and then nothing would make them young again but the Apples of Youth. Once the Giants heard of the magic fruit, they tried in vain to steal them or tempt Idunn with rich gifts to obtain them. So Idunn took the greatest care to never let her ashwood chest out of her sight for even a moment. Like my other works, after I drew this picture, I scanned it in, outlined in Adobe Illustrator, and completed it with a combination of Photoshop, Painter and Eye Candy.

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