Idun and the Apples of Eternal Youth

Illustration

Celina Bebenek
by J. Doyle Penrose
published on 09 September 2021
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A painting portraying the Norse goddess of fertility Idunn giving apples to gods. Idunn was a goddess who was a guardian of the fruit (usually given as apples) that kept the gods of Asgard eternally young. For this reason, she was kidnapped by a giant named Þjazi who desired the eternal youth of gods. When she was kidnapped, the gods began to age and her rescue from the realm of Jotunheim (the location of giants) was of the utmost importance. Finally, she was released by the trickster Loki. From that time gods could enjoy youth till the times of the Ragnarök.

The painting was titled Idun and the Apples and was painted in 1890 by J. Doyle Penrose.

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Penrose, J. D. (2021, September 09). Idun and the Apples of Eternal Youth. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/14598/idun-and-the-apples-of-eternal-youth/

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Penrose, J. Doyle. "Idun and the Apples of Eternal Youth." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified September 09, 2021. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/14598/idun-and-the-apples-of-eternal-youth/.

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Penrose, J. Doyle. "Idun and the Apples of Eternal Youth." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 09 Sep 2021. Web. 21 Sep 2021.