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or Ithun, Ithunn

[ee-th oo n] /ˈi ðʊn/
noun, Scandinavian Mythology.
a goddess, keeper of the apples of youth and wife of Bragi; abducted by the giant Thjazi, from whom she was rescued.
Origin of Idun
< Old Norse Ithunn; perhaps derivative of ith deed, feat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then came the giant Thjasse in the guise of an eagle, seized Idun and flew away with her to his home in Thrymheim.

  • But Idun only smiled at him happily and went on tossing her apples.

    Told by the Northmen: E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
  • This treasure was a box of apples, and Idun kept the golden key safely fastened to her girdle.

    The Story of Siegfried James Baldwin
  • Already his mischievous heart was planning how he might steal Idun away.

    In The Days of Giants Abbie Farwell Brown
  • Thjasse told Loki that he could not go unless he would promise to bring the Apples of Idun.

  • Idun and her apples lost, and Asgard growing older every minute!

    In The Days of Giants Abbie Farwell Brown
  • The apples belonged to a beautiful lady named Idun, who kept them in a golden casket.

    In The Days of Giants Abbie Farwell Brown
  • The editor of Idun volunteered to print the book as soon as it was finished.

  • In the poem "Haustlaung" Idun is called lgefn; in the same poem Groa is called lgefion.

    Teutonic Mythology, Vol. 1 of 3 Viktor Rydberg, Ph.D.
  • The apples which Idun guarded so carefully were the priceless boon of youth.

    The Story of Siegfried James Baldwin
British Dictionary definitions for Idun


(Norse myth) the goddess of spring who guarded the apples that kept the gods eternally young; wife of Bragi
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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