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The gods and goddesses of Asgard don't have to rely on potions, creams, or wacky diets to remain youthful. Instead, they have Idunn and her box of apples. Yep, that's right—when they begin to age, they simply bite into one of Idunn's apples and voila! Eternal youth. Beyond this function, though, what we know about Idunn is a bit murky. A single source identifies her as an elder daughter of Ivaldi (a dwarf), and, since dwarves and elves were sometimes conflated in Norse mythology, this makes her a descendant of elves. In this same source, she's also called a dís¸ a protective spirit associated with fate and fertility. Fancy! Idunn's time in the spotlight of Norse mythology is pretty dramatic: a giant abducts her, with a little help from Loki (of course!). Without Idunn and her magic apples, the Aesir begin to grow old, and they take desperate measures to get her back.
Iðunn (Anglicized "Idunn")
Keeper of the Apples, The Aesir's old age cure, Þjazi's booty (all from Prose Edda chapter 86—yep, those are some of the ways people actually refer to me)
Goddess of Youth and Fertility
Asgard Botanical Gardens School of Botany and Herbology (major: Fruits and flowering plants)
The youth(ful) are our future!
My dad might be Ivaldi, a dwarf
Assuming Ivaldi is my dad, my brothers are the sons of Ivaldi, who were responsible for creating some of the gods' most precious magical objects.
None known (so, yeah, probably none)
Everyone (Who wouldn't want to be friends with someone bearing magical youth-bestowing apples?)
Loki and Þjazi (they're my kidnappers!)
Married to Bragi, god of poetry—yes, he writer me lots of love poems
"Youth is wasted on the young."
"Because I Could not Stop for Death" by Emily Dickinson
Forever Young by Bob Dylan (performed with Bruce Springsteen)
The Secret Garden (1993)
Fruit (especially apples)