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Idun

or Ithun, Ithunn

[ee-th oo n] /ˈi ðʊn/
noun, Scandinavian Mythology
1.
a goddess, keeper of the apples of youth and wife of Bragi; abducted by the giant Thjazi, from whom she was rescued.
Origin of Idun
< Old Norse Ithunn; perhaps derivative of ith deed, feat
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  • Then came the giant Thjasse in the guise of an eagle, seized Idun and flew away with her to his home in Thrymheim.

  • But Idun only smiled at him happily and went on tossing her apples.

    Told by the Northmen: E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
  • This treasure was a box of apples, and Idun kept the golden key safely fastened to her girdle.

    The Story of Siegfried James Baldwin
  • Already his mischievous heart was planning how he might steal Idun away.

    In The Days of Giants Abbie Farwell Brown
  • Thjasse told Loki that he could not go unless he would promise to bring the Apples of Idun.

  • Idun and her apples lost, and Asgard growing older every minute!

    In The Days of Giants Abbie Farwell Brown
  • The apples belonged to a beautiful lady named Idun, who kept them in a golden casket.

    In The Days of Giants Abbie Farwell Brown
  • The editor of Idun volunteered to print the book as soon as it was finished.

  • In the poem "Haustlaung" Idun is called lgefn; in the same poem Groa is called lgefion.

    Teutonic Mythology, Vol. 1 of 3 Viktor Rydberg, Ph.D.
  • The apples which Idun guarded so carefully were the priceless boon of youth.

    The Story of Siegfried James Baldwin
British Dictionary definitions for Idun

Idun

/ˈiːdʊn/
noun
1.
(Norse myth) the goddess of spring who guarded the apples that kept the gods eternally young; wife of Bragi
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