Study Guide

Idunn (Idun)

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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.

Basic Information


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)
Forever Young (that's the meaning of Idunn)



Current city


Work & Education


Goddess of Youth and Fertility


Asgard Botanical Gardens School of Botany and Herbology (major: Fruits and flowering plants)


Political views

The youth(ful) are our future!

Family & Friends (& Enemies)


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!)


Relationship status

Married to Bragi, god of poetry—yes, he writer me lots of love poems

Interested in

Young gods


TV Shows

Strawberry Shortcake


"Youth is wasted on the young."
– George Bernard Shaw

"May you build a ladder to the stars / and climb on every rung / May you stay forever young."
– Bob Dylan

"Immortality: A toy which people cry for / And on their knees apply for / Dispute, contend, and lie for / And if allowed / Would be right proud / Eternally to die for."
– Ambrose Bierce, from The Devil's Dictionary

"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."
– Martin Luther


"Because I Could not Stop for Death" by Emily Dickinson
"After Apple-Picking" by Robert Frost
Snow White by the Brothers Grimm
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Immortality by Stephen Cave
The Apple-Lover's Cookbook by Amy Traverso
The Apple Grower: A Guide for the Organic Orchardist by Michael Phillips
Juan Ponce de Leon by Robert Henderson


Forever Young by Bob Dylan (performed with Bruce Springsteen)
Forever Young by Rod Stewart
Forever Young by Alphaville (check out the awesome 80s hair and attire!)
And yes, I know, those songs all have the same name. But they're all different (and all awesome)!
The Lord's Been Good to Me (Swedenborgian hymn)
Fiona Apple (artist) (And she kind of looks like me, don't you think?)
You're the Apple of My Eye performed by The Four Seasons
Who Wants to Live Forever? By Queen (I probably shouldn't like this, but it's a guilty pleasure!)


The Secret Garden (1993)
Tuck Everlasting (2002)
Forever Young (1992)
Cocoon (1985)
Searching for Johnny (2009)
Death Takes a Holiday (1934)
The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Peter Pan (1953)

Activities & Interests


Fruit (especially apples)
Orchards (especially apple orchards)
Olay Regenerist Anti-Aging Micro-Sculpting Serum
Apple pie
Apple cider
Autumn harvest festivals




Goddesses of Asgard
Asgard Botanical Gardens School of Botany and Herbology Alumni
World Anti-Aging Academy of Medicine
International Fruit Tree Association

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