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(Norse Creature)ANDVARI

A dwarf who owned a treasure making ring called Andvarinaut.

Odin and Heimdall had been taken hostage by Hreidmar and it was all Loki's fault - fishing with missiles is never a good idea. Having spotted a delicious looking salmon he let fly with a rock just as an otter decided to go for the same bite. Pow! One dead otter.

Arriving at Hreidmar's home with an otter skin scarf caused serious problems, especially when the host recognized it as his shapeshifting son and he was unconsoleable. Well, almost unconsoleable. It seems Gold would make ammends. Lots of Gold. Enough Gold to cover the entire otter skin, in fact.

Sent to make ammends, Loki travelled to a waterfall, actual location top secret for obvious reasons, and used all of his powers of persuasion, including the old classic 'i'll smash your head in if you don't' routine to coax Andvari into to handing over all of his riches. He had to catch him first of course, and the dwarf was quite evasive in the form of a trout, but Loki caught him using a magical net he had borrowed from Ran. What is a dwarf to do?

It wasn't a complete disaster for the little fella though, he did manage to hide his get rich quick ring... then Loki found that too. Oh dear, now it is a complete disaster. The dwarf was in financial ruin.

It was fire and brimstone from the irate Andvari, or as fire and brimstone as a dwarf could be against a giant, and he slapped a misfortune curse on the golden ring. This kickstarted a catastrophic chain reaction...

Loki handed over the ring and somehow managed to dodge the curse, then Fafnir killed Hreidmar, who was gutted, literally, while Sigurd lost the plot because of Grimhild, and killed Regin then got amnesia, became Gunnar, married Brynhild who killed Sigmund jnr and hired Hogni who sub contracted Guttorm who got drunk then died. Huge funeral pyres, tears, remorse and suicide ... etc ...

No wonder Wagners 'Ring der Nibelungen' (the opera based on this very saga) is full of crashing symbols and thunderous crescendos. It's to hide the sound of total confusion.

Oh, and i can assure you that a certain book/movie by Tolkien was inspired by this saga too, NOT the other way around!

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'ANDVARI' - Norse database entry - 19 Nov 2007
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