October 13th, 2007 by sabrina

What I wouldn’t give for one of these apples!

Idun (pronounced EE-doon) is the Norse Goddess of eternal youth. She is the custodian of the western garden, in which grow the golden apples of immortality. When the Gods felt themselves aging, they would go to Idun for one of her apples, which restored their youth and vitality. Idun was once kidnapped by the storm God Thiazi who disguised himself as an eagle. The trickster God Loki had lured into her a forest away from her husband Bragi, the God of poetry. Thiazi swooped in and carried her off to his home. Without Idun’s apples, the Gods began to age. They threatened Loki with torture until he agreed to rescue her. Thiazi, enraged that Idun had been taken from him, pursued Loki, but the Gods burned his feathers and he fell to the ground dead. With Idun and her apples back where they belonged, the Gods were soon restored to their youthful selves. Other names for Idun include Idunn, Iduna, Idunna, Ithun, Ithunn, and Ydun.

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3 responses about “Idun”

  1. Maureen Anderson said:

    Great site, Sabrina! I’ve passed on the link to my DIL as she also is very interested in Goddess legends. I’m particularly interested in the Norse goddesses.

    I just had my DNA genealogy done and found out I’m descended from the Scandinavian neolithic people who moved north as the glaciers subsided after the ice age. Cool stuff. Have you ever heard of the book “The Seven Daughters of Eve”? It explains how all Europeans descended from only seven women back 20-50,000 years ago. These mitochondrial “Eves” can be identified through DNA mutations. I am from the Clan Ursula.

    I’ll be checking back.

  2. sabrina said:

    Thanks for stopping by, Maureen! I had heard of the “Eves” but not in any detail. And of course, now I have to know which one I come from! I can trace some parts of my family tree back to 12th century France, but that’s as far as I go, and it’s on my father’s side. So how do I get my DNA tested?

  3. Maureen Anderson said:

    I traced my mother’s mother’s mother….etc. back to 1605 in LaRochelle, France. My 13th grandmother was a “fille du marier”, one of the first marriageable women to come to New France. The researchers are VERY interested in having people come forward who have been able to trace back this far, especially fille du roi or fille du marier because many people in Canada are descended from them. You can get the maternal testing done at a reduced price ($129) by joining a group interested in french ancestry. This ONLY tests your maternal line as only women pass down those traceable genes. To find out your paternal line, you would have to have a male blood relative take the test.


    I’m a member there. ID # 99604. Check it out.