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Brisingamen, also called the Necklace of the Brisings, is a priceless necklace owned by Freya, goddess of the Norse pantheon.

Appearance[]

Brisingamen is a golden necklace of incredible and unsurpassed beauty and craftsmanship. It is priceless, and has been valued at no less than one million gold pieces.[1]

Abilities[]

Brisingamen glows when a lie is spoken in its presence.[1]

History[]

Brisingamen was crafted by a group of dwarven smiths.[2] The tale of how Freya acquired the necklace and what she offered the dwarves in exchange is scandalous.[3]

Thrym, a giant, once stole Thor's legendary hammer Mjolnir and demanded the goddess Freya in marriage in exchange for its return. When Freya learned of this, she became so enraged that the force of her neck muscles shattered the necklace Brisingamen.[3]

Loki once transformed into a needle—some say a fly—in order to sneak into Freya's hall and steal Brisingamen. He did so at Odin's request.[3]

Creative origins[]

The necklace Brisingamen appears in Norse myth, usually in connection to the goddess Freya. Its name is often translated as "necklace (or torque) of the Brisings", although it is unclear who the "Brisings" are, and other meanings for "brising" have been suggested.

The poem Thrymskvitha, makes several references to the necklace as men Brísinga.[4] When the giant Thrym captures Mjolnir and demands Freya's hand in marriage, she becomes enraged and snorts. So great is her anger that the hall of the Aesir shakes, and the torque Brisingamen falls apart. The necklace appears to be undamaged, however, as Thor wears it when he is disguised as Freya as part of a plan to get Mjolnir back.

According to the 13th century Prose Edda, a now lost poem called Husdrapa described a battle between Loki and Heimdall for the Brisingamen, during which they took the form of seals. Loki is referred to as the "thief of Brisingamen".

In the late 13th century Sörla þáttr eða Heðins saga ok Högna, whose Christian writers had redefined the Norse gods to ordinary humans, Freya sleeps with each of four dwarves named Alfregg, Dvalin, Berling and Grer, in exchange for the necklace. Odin sends Loki to steal the necklace.[5]

In the Old English poem Beowulf, the hero Beowulf is given a golden torque of unsurpassed beauty which is compared to a legendary gem-encrusted necklace called the Brōsinga mene, or necklace of the Brosings.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Legends & Lore (1e) (1984), p.102.
  2. Deities and Demigods (3e) (2002), p.176.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 For Better or Norse: II, Dragon #110 (Jun 1986), p.24-29.
  4. https://www.voluspa.org/literal/thrymskvida.htm
  5. THE THÁTTR OF SÖRLI. The omitted text describing what she paid for the torque is to lie one night with each of the dwarves.
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