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Illustration of two dwarves.
Two dwarves as depicted in a 19th-century edition of the Poetic Edda poem Völuspá by Lorenz Frølich.

The dwarves were very secretive. They preferred to hide away in the mines and forges of Nidavellir. They were master crafters. Dwarven goods were sought after throughout the nine worlds. Their jewellery was renowned for its beauty and majesty. The finest jewel in Asgard, Freya’s necklace, Brisingamen, is of dwarf make. Their weapons were strong and sturdy. It was the dwarves who made Gungnir, Odin’s spear, which never missed its target. They also made Mjolnir, Thor’s mighty hammer, responsible for crushing the skulls of countless giants.


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