"This story is everything that you would expect a good Norse tale to be"
Albric the Dwarf, or Dark Elf, was not happy in the kingdom
of Svartalfheim. He didn't have the skill that his brother,
Mimir, did, so it was his job to mine. Svartalfheim is
underground and all the Dark Elves live there. They can no
longer stand sunlight. Albric finally decides to go away.
He knows that he was made for greatness and he also knows
that he won't find it in Svartalfheim. He is also looking
for a human woman. He follows an impulse and goes down an
unused corridor. He finds a ladder and climbs up.
He finds himself by a pool of water. He loves the way that
Middle-Earth smells. Everything is so fresh. He starts
coming out by the pool every night. Eventually, he runs
into Aegir's daughters. They finally tease him into the
water. He find's Aegir's gold and steals it from them. He
even forswears love for the gold. The gold is very powerful
and will give him power. He has his brother make a ring out
of the gold. He rules Svartalfheim with the ring.
Odin finally hears of the ring and decides that he needs
it. He is worried about Ragnarok, the final battle. He
feels that the ring will help him win. So he and Loki go to
Svartalfheim and manage to trap Albric, they also get the
ring. Albric curses the ring. The curse that he puts on the
ring is that everyone will want it and fight over it and it
will cause the death of whoever wears it.
Odin loses the ring to a pair of giants. The curse begins
working immediately as the brothers engage in a fight to
the death of one. The one that is left, Fafnir, also has
the magic tarnhelm that Mimir made and turns into a dragon.
Odin has also sworn that he will not try and get the ring
This is where the story becomes interesting as we watch
Odin manipulate mortals as he tries to get a hero to kill
Fafnir and retrieve the ring.
This is a wonderful rendition of the Liebelung. This story
is everything that you would expect a good Norse tale to
be. It is filled with the Gods of Aesir, the Dwarves and
other supernatural beings, including the Valkyries. It is
filled with people, heroes wonderful and flawed, women
beautiful beyond belief, and people that are ugly and
twisted in visage as well as soul. It is a tale of good
versus evil. Again, this is a wonderful rendition of the
Liebelung and I recommend it to anyone with an interest in
anything relating to the Norse.
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted January 20, 2004
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted November 17, 2006