Norse Mythology

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ANDVARI

Norse legendary mortal

Picture of the Norse legendary mortal Andvari from our Norse mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

A Dwarf with a magic ring

He lived in an underground palace absolutely stuffed with fabulous treasure. Gold, jewels, magical objects, you name it. He was pretty much the wealthiest dwarf in the universe.

But he hadn’t reckoned with Loki, who seized it along with a great deal of treasure as pay-off for a murder he’d committed. Andvari just had time to curse the ring so it would bring death to all who owned it.

Loki, being much too wily to be caught by a trick like that, didn’t touch it, and the ring went straight to Regin and Fafnir as ransom for the death of their brother Otr.

There’s more than a passing reference to Andvari in Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’, but Wagner completely cribbed him for ‘Ring of the Nibelungs’ where he was forced to sing lustily under the name of Alberich with lots of Rhine Maidens and large Teutonic Operatic Volk wearing funny costumes and helmets with wings on. See also Brunhild.

Andvari Facts and Figures

Name: Andvari
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: legendary mortal
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

Role: Unknown at present

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 378

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Article last revised on September 22, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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