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  • Loki the mischief-maker, was writhing uncomfortably in Thor's iron grip.

  • The previous night, while the rest of the gods slept, he'd snuck up on Thor's wife

  • Sif and shorn off her beautiful hair.

  • It'd seemed like a funny prank at the time,

  • but now Thor was about to break every bone in his body.

  • Loki had to think of some way to fix what he'd done.

  • Yet who could replace Sif's matchless hair, golden like a field of summer wheat?

  • The dwarves! – their legendary smiths could make anything.

  • So Loki rushed to their realm, deep within the mountains of the earth.

  • Even before he arrived, the wily Loki was already scheming

  • how he would get the dwarves to do his bidding.

  • He decided that his best bet was to pit two families against each other.

  • He first visited the masterful sons of Ivaldi.

  • He told them that their rivals, a pair of brothers named Brokk and Eitri,

  • had claimed that they were the best craftsmen in the world

  • and were determined to prove it in a competition.

  • The rules were that each family had to create three gifts for the gods,

  • including, for the Ivaldis, golden hair.

  • Then Loki visited Brokk and Eitri, and told them the same thing,

  • only now claiming that the sons of Ivaldi had issued the challenge.

  • But Brokk and Eitri couldn't be fooled so easily,

  • and only agreed to participate if Loki put his own head on the line.

  • Literallyif Brokk and Eitri won, Loki would forfeit his head to them.

  • Loki had no choice but to agree, and to save himself had to find a way

  • to make sure the sons of Ivaldi emerged victorious.

  • Both sets of dwarves got to work.

  • Eitri set Brokk to man the bellows and told him not to stop for any reason,

  • or the treasures would be ruined.

  • Soon a strange black fly flew into the room.

  • As a piece of pigskin was placed in the forge, the fly stung Brokk's hand,

  • but he didn't flinch.

  • Next, while Eitri worked a block of gold, the fly bit Brokk on the neck.

  • The dwarf carried on.

  • Finally, Eitri placed a piece of iron in the furnace.

  • This time the fly landed right on Brokk's eyelid and bit as hard as it could.

  • And for just a split second, Brokk's hand left the bellows.

  • That's all it took; their final treasure hadn't stayed in the fire long enough.

  • Loki now reappeared in his normal form, overjoyed by their failure,

  • and accompanied the dwarves to present their treasures to the gods.

  • First, Loki presented the treasures from the sons of Ivaldi.

  • Their golden hair bound to Sif's head and continued to grow,

  • leaving her even more radiant than before.

  • Next, for Odin the all-father,

  • a magnificent spear that could pierce through anything.

  • And finally a small cloth that unfolded into a mighty ship built for Freyr,

  • god of the harvest.

  • Then Brokk presented the treasures made by him and his brother.

  • For Freyr they'd forged a golden-bristled boar

  • who'd pull Freyr's chariot across the sky faster than any mount.

  • For Odin, a golden arm ring which would make eight more identical rings

  • on every ninth night.

  • And for Thor, a hammer called Mjolnir.

  • Its handle was too short, and Loki smirked at the obvious defect.

  • But then Brokk revealed its abilities.

  • Mjolnir would never shatter, never miss its mark

  • and always return to Thor's hand when thrown.

  • Despite the short handle, the gods all agreed this was the finest gift of all.

  • Remembering what was at stake, Loki tried to flee, but Thor reached him first.

  • But before the dwarves could have their due,

  • clever Loki pointed out that they had won the rights to his head, but not his neck,

  • and thus had no right to cut it.

  • All begrudgingly admitted the truth in that, but Brokk would have the last laugh.

  • Taking his brother's awl, he pierced it through Loki's lips

  • and sewed his mouth shut,

  • so the trickster god could no longer spread his malicious deceit.

  • Yet the irony was not lost on the gods.

  • For it was Loki's deceit that had brought them these fine treasures

  • and given Thor the hammer for which he's still known today.

Loki the mischief-maker, was writhing uncomfortably in Thor's iron grip.

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雷神是如何得到他的錘子的--斯科特-A-梅勒。 (How Thor got his hammer - Scott A. Mellor)

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