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Elder Edda Characters

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Aesir

Aesir are the Norse gods, more particularly, the race of sky gods who first fought and then joined the Vanir gods of fertility and the earth. They lived in Asgard, home of the gods, reached by a rainbow bridge. The Aesir include Odin (ruler of the gods), Balder, Frigg, Tyr, and Thor.

All-Father

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Andvari

Andvari is a dwarf who was fated to take the shape of a pike. Andvari's treasure plays a pivotal role in a series of lays. In The Lay of Regin, his gold is stolen by Loki to pay compensation for the unwitting murder of a man called Otter, killed while in the shape of an otter. Andvari curses the treasure. The gods pay Otter's father, Hreidmar, and brothers, Fafnir and Regin, compensation with the stolen gold. Fafnir murders his father for the treasure, beginning the series of disasters that follow the treasure...

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