|Freya with her brood of Children|
Freya and Frey, the twins of the Norse God Njord, didn't know any other way of life other than slavery. All their lives they had been subjugated to that so when their father, fought against the Vanir's and won, they felt their lives would turn out for the better. They reclaimed their position as God and Goddess of Fertility and started living their lives as fit for the Gods. Then one day, as was the norm in their culture, they were forced to marry each other against their wishes. Both were not happy about it but they couldn't go against thier father's wishes.
One day Freya was travelling in her golden chariot to meet her parents.She loved everything gold; and it was said that even the tears she shed were gold. (Tears are priceless must have stemmed from this :P especially in Bollywood movies). So with her brood of children, she was on her way to visit her parents when suddenly something glittering caught her eyes. She descended upon Earth and found it lying on a stone. It was one of the most beautiful necklaces she had ever seen. Awed by it, she went to touch it,
"Stop! Who are you?"a voice boomed from behind. Whirling around, she saw four dwarfs glaring at her.
"I'm Freya, Goddess of Love and Fertility. I saw this shining gold and came to see whose craftsmanship was this?"
"Oh yes.!" said one of the dwarfs, "we know all about your love for gold."
The middle one waddled up to her and peered at her, "let us introduce ourselves. I'm Afrigg and these are Dralin, Bralin and Geer."
Freya smiled at them, sure that her beauty would win them over, "did you make this necklace?"
Upon confirmation, she asked them sweetly if she could have it - of course at a price. They kept quiet for some time and then whispered amongst themselves. Bralin stepped up and asked, "what will we get in return?"
Freya licked her lips in anticipation,for she was now sure she would get her heart's desire. For there was no amount of gold that she could not give against the necklace. "What we have decided," mumbled Geer, in a nasal voice, "that you've to spend one night with each one of us."
Freya was shocked and would have left the place there and then if her fascination for gold did not outweigh her morality. So, she agreed. After sending her children off in her magical chariot, she spent four nights with the dwarfs,
Now Loki, the mischievous god came to know about this and informed Frey. Frey was furious and when Freya returned home, he took away her necklace. Freya begged with him to return it but Frey said that she can only have it back if she would cause a major war between two kingdoms.
How Freya causes the Trojan war and gets back her necklace.... well that is another tale to tell :)
The Norse God, Freya was forced to marry her twin brother as was the custom during those days. Incest as we call it now was a law during those times since Gods could not associate with mere mortals. But both Freya and Frey were not happy with it and had many affairs outside their wedlock. But one thing they could not break was their marriage to each other. Her most famous myth is how she went about t acquire the beautiful gold necklace, Brisingamen.
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