The Dwarfs and the Dark-Elves, between whom a sharp distinction
was not always drawn, lived far beneath the surface of the earth
made their habitat within great rocks or mounds. They were small
and ill-favored; the Dark-Elves were commonly reputed to be
pitch. A large number of Dwarfs are mentioned by name in ancient
literature; an interpolated passage in the Voluspá lists a long
array of them,
among others their chief Modsognir (or Motsognir?), and next in
him, Durin. Other Dwarfs were Brokk, Dvalin, and the four whom
appointed to hold up the vault of the heavens, namely North, East,
and West. The chief occupation of the Dwarfs was that of smith, in
they had no rivals. All the most notable weapons and all the
mentioned in the oldest myths were the work of cunning Dwarfs. The
Dwarfs hated both gods and men and were unwilling to do them
nevertheless they were compelled to do so, they strove to give
handiwork some magic quality of evil omen so that it brought
little joy to any
one who came into possession of it.
Andreas Munch: Norse Mythology: Legends of Gods
and Heroes. The American-Scandinavian Foundation, New
York. 1926, pp. 41.
Rasmus B. Anderson (Ed.): The Elder Eddas of Saemund
Sigfusson and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson.
Norræna Society, London-New York. 1906.
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