Not much in known about Thor's wife Sif. Thor was her 2nd
husband and the identity of the first husband is unknown, though
she did have a son by him who was named Ull.
Her most striking feature was her golden hair. In all likelihood,
Sif was a fertility Goddess, with her hair representing ripening
corn. However Sif's importance had diminished in Norse folklore
by the time the myth was recorded.
marriage to Thor, though, is significant pointer to the way
in which Thor was regarded
by the Norsemen. The mischievous shape-shifting god Loki
boasted that he had made love to her and was extremely jealous
to anger at Sif's marriage to Thor, Loki managed to get into
Sif's locked bedroom, and as she slept. Loki raised his
blade and with quick dexterous strokes, removed Sif's shining
hair. Sif murmured, but did not awaken; the hair left on her
cropped head stuck upward like stubble. Loki dropped the skeins of shining hair on to the floor, he
stared at the mound of glowing hair, smiled, and then departed
Thor returned to Sif, and discovered what had happened, both
he and Sif knew that only Loki would have
done such a treacherous act. Enraged, Thor pursued and located
Loki and with his immense stature and strength, gripped Loki
by the throat lifted him from the ground.
Claiming it was only a joke, Loki swears that the hair will
be replaced with the aid of the dwarves and elves. Under the
threat that Thor will smash every bone in his body, Loki assures
Thor and Sif that the hair will be replaced.
Loki made his way to a cave that is the home of the dark elves,
the sons of Ivaldi. Loki knows that the sons of Ivaldi are
skilled enough to spin golden hair as fine as Sif's and imbue
it with such magic that it will grow upon her head. The dubious
elves asked Loki what they would gain out of all this. Loki
assured that they would receive the thanks of Sif, Thor and
the other Gods and Goddesses. Still not convinced, Loki further
added a guarantee that he would repay the elves in full measure,
should they ever have need of his services.
the elves spun the gold into glimmering strands of fine hair,
they murmured spells over the strands and to further
please the Norse Gods, the two sons of Ivaldi fashioned a marvelous
ship for Freyr, called Skidbladnir, and forged a mighty spear
for Odin, called Gungnir – as strong as it was slender.
two elves gave Loki the Ship, the Spear and the Golden Strands
of Hair, as
they explained their magical powers. As usual, Loki was at
no loss for words and with boisterous thanks, he departed back
to Midgard see Thor and Sif.
Loki decided not to head directly back to Midgard, but instead
opted for a side trip to see two dwarves: Brokk and Eitri.
Once there, Loki showed the dwarves the treasures meant for
the Gods and Goddesses. Knowing that these twin dwarves were
extremely skilled, he tempted Brokk and Eitri to make gifts
comparable to the ones the sons of Ivaldi had made. Brokk and
Eitri boasted they could create gifts much finer; in disbelief
Loki staked his head that they could not do more intricate
and extraordinary work.
Brokk and Eitri, eager to take up Loki on this challenge,
as it would not only rid them of the 'schemer' Loki, but the
treasures made by the Sons of Ivaldi would be theirs for the
taking, as Loki would be beheaded by the Gods, due to his arrogance
and foolishness to dare gamble with the gifts to the Gods.
Brokk and Eitri went to work. Brokk was warned not to allow
the bellows to stop, or the treasures would be ruined. Eitri
began forming the fine metals, as Brokk worked the bellows
a fly landed upon Brokk's hand, instantly stinging him. Brokk
looked down, but did not pause in his efforts. The first of
the treasures, the Gullinbursti (a boar with Bristles of Gold),
was pulled from the forge.
The dwarves began the second of the treasures for the Gods.
Eitri picked up a great block of flawless gold, heated it until
glowing and malleable then hammered and shaped the item, placed
it into the forge once more, warning Brokk to pump the bellows
until he pulled it from the forge.
Eitri departed, just as the fly returned, settled onto the
back of Brokk's neck, stinging him twice as sharply as before
Brokk winced, but did not pause when Eitri returned, he removed
the Draupnir (an arm-ring of solid gold) from the forge.
Once more Eitri placed a great hunk of fine iron into the
forge once heated, Eitri hammered it into shape, returned
it to the
forge and once more warned Brokk to remain pumping the
bellows until he returned or the treasure would be ruined.
a weary Eitri departed the forge, the fly buzzed through
the arch into the smithery alcove, this time settling
eyes and at once stung Brokk on both his eyelids.
The dwarf was blinded with blood, he could not see what he
was doing for a moment, he removed his hand from the bellows
to brush the fly from his brow and wipe the blood from his
The shape-shifter Loki (had turned himself into the fly) then
returned to his waiting place at this very moment, Eitri hurried
back to the forge, enquiring what had happened. Eitri pulled
from the forge a massive and finely forged Iron Hammer and
although it was short in the handle. Eitri called the hammer
Convinced that the treasures would be satisfactory to the Gods,
Eitri instructed Brokk to take the Hammer, the Ring and the
Boar to the Gods and tell them of the mysteries of the treasures.
Brokk accompanied Loki to Asgard, in hopes of claiming Loki's
scheming head as well as the treasures which the sons of Vivaldi
Loki and Brokk made their way to Asgard. Word preceded them
and they were met in Gladsheim by all the Gods, sitting waiting
for them to arrive. Loki at once boasted how he had been able
to exploit the dwarves' envy and greed to secure the six treasures
for the Gods.
immediately spoke up and told the Gods of his own knowledge
of events. It was agreed that Odin, Thor
and Freyr should decide whether Eitri of the Sons of Ivaldi
were the finer smiths, with this, Loki displayed the treasures.
Boastfully, Loki presented the spear, telling Odin how he
has enlisted the elves to forge the Gungnir and how it is unlike
any other spear, as it would never miss its mark.
Odin took the spear and while looking it over, Loki added
how Odin could use the spear to stir up warfare in the world
of men. Loki then turned to Freyr, offering the ship, Skidbladnir,
to her, boasting that it is large enough to hold all of the
Gods, even if they were fully armed. Loki swiftly dismasted
and dismantled the boat, until it was no larger than a piece
of cloth, once more boasting that it could be carried in Freyr's
For the third gift Loki turned to Sif with an additional apology,
he showed the Skein of golden flowing hair saying that he owed
her this gift. He assured her that once it touched her head,
it would take root and begin to grow and would be no less beautiful
than before. Sif took the hair from Loki, and did as he instructed,
and with a shout of joy, it did just as he had said that it
would do, much to Loki's relief!
Brokk stepped forward to present his own gifts to the Gods.
Brokk held the arm ring before Odin stating that it was for
Odin. It is Draupnir, and little less than it appears. Eight
rings of its own weight will drop from it on every ninth night.
Brokk turned to Freyr, presenting the Boar to her. Stating
that it was called Gullinbursti and can charge over the
earth air and sea alike, and that no horse can keep up with
No matter where he goes, running through the night or plunging
into the gloom under all the worlds, he will always be
surrounded by brilliant light.
Turning to Thor, Brokk stated that his third gift was for
him, stating that the hammer, Mjollnir, can be used against
anything and with all Thor's mighty strength. Nothing can ever
break it even if Thor was to hurl it, that he would never lose
it, no matter how far he flung it, it would always return to
his hand. Thor eagerly grasped it, as Brokk bowed his head
and humbly admitted that there was but one flaw the handle
was rather short.
Odin, Thor and Freyr wasted no time in giving their answer,
they were of one mind that of all the wondrous gifts presented,
the massive iron hammer, Mjollnir, was the most valuable, as
it would guard the Gods against the Giants.
Brokk having won the wager, Loki fled in fear, boasting that
no one could catch him. Thor, with the aid of the Massive Iron
Hammer, quickly captured and returned Loki to the Hall of the
Gods. Loki told Brokk that he could have his head, as agreed,
but could have no part of his neck. The Gods grinned and nodded,
seeing that Loki had the better of Brokk.
being the case, Brokk began sewing Loki's lips closed, using
Eitri's awl to pierce his lips. No sooner had he begun
to stitch, than Loki once more ran out of Gladsheim, ripped
out the awl and thong of stitching, as he yelped in pain; all
the while listening to the hum of laughter inside the temple,
lusting for revenge…
~~ Source Unknown ~~