What is Draupner

In Viking mythology, Draupner (Old Norse for “The Dripper“) is a gold ring possessed by the highest god Odin. The ring have the ability to multiply itself and every ninth night, eight new rings drip from Draupner, each one of the same size and weight as the original.

"Odin laid upon the pyre the gold ring called Draupner; this quality attended it: that every ninth night there fell from it eight gold rings of equal weight."

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"Odin laid upon the pyre the gold ring called Draupner; this quality attended it: that every ninth night there fell from it eight gold rings of equal weight."

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Who made Draupner?

Draupner was forged by the dwarven brothers Brokkr and Eitri. Brokkr and Eitri made this ring as one of a set of three gifts which included Mjöllner and Gullinbursti. They made these gifts in accordance with a wager Loki made saying that Brokk and Eitri could not make better gifts than the three made by the Sons of Ivaldi. In the end, Mjöllner, Thor’s hammer, won the contest for Brokkr and Eitri. Loki used a loophole to get out of the wager for his head. The wager was for Loki’s head only, but he argued that, to remove his head, they would have to injure his neck, which was not in the bargain.

In Old Norse texts, Odin is described as one-eyed and long-bearded, frequently wielding a spear named Gungnir, and wearing a cloak and a broad hat.

In Old Norse texts, Odin is described as one-eyed and long-bearded, frequently wielding a spear named Gungnir, and wearing a cloak and a broad hat.

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Hugin & Munin

Odin also has two ravens Hugin (Old Norse for “thought“) & Munin (Old Norse for “memory” or “mind“) that fly all over the world to document what they see and bring him stories.

"All men who have fallen in battle are now with Odin in Valhalla. With what does he feed them? I should think the crowd there is large."

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Valhalla

In Norse mythology, Valhalla (from Old Norse Valhöll “hall of the slain”) is a majestic, enormous hall located in Asgard, ruled over by the god Odin. Chosen by Odin, half of those who die in combat travel to Valhalla upon death, led by valkyries, while the other half go to the goddess Freyja’s field Fólkvangr.

Valhalla has inspired various works of art, publication titles, popular culture references, and has become a term synonymous with a martial (or otherwise) hall of the chosen dead.