Idun, Nanna and Sif
Little is known of Idun, Nanna, and Sif. Idun, the wife of Bragi,
her possession the most priceless treasures of the Æsir, certain
restored youth to those who ate of them. Without them the Æsir
become old and feeble. For this reason they were fearful of losing
that on one occasion when she had been carried off by the Giant
they were in the most dire straits. Idun was designated as the
Brunnaker’s Bench,” presumably the name of the dwelling where she
Bragi were housed. Nanna, daughter of Nep, was the wife of Balder,
she so loved that her heart broke at his death. Sif was the wife
of Thor. She
had been wedded before, to whom we do not know; and she was the
mother of Ull, who is called the stepson of Thor. Sif was fair and
hair fashioned for her by cunning Dwarfs. Her name, meaning
“relationship,” indicates that she was thought of as the protector
just as Thor was the protector of Midgard. Sigyn, Skadi, and Gerd
already been discussed.
Andreas Munch: Norse Mythology: Legends of Gods
and Heroes. The American-Scandinavian Foundation, New
York. 1926, pp. 29-30.
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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