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Image: Wotan as Wonderer, Brunhild as Shield maiden, Die Norns, Gunter, Hagen, Brunhild as Valkyrie.

Portrait length color image of Andvardi, by George Stuart.
Text: Signature image of Andvardi, by George Stuart.

Betrayal led to his curse and the downfall of the gods.

Andvardi, a.k.a. Alberich is the ruler of the Dwarfs, who mine the earth for gold. The great treasure they make from it is a source of conflict in both the Volsunga Saga and the Nibelungenlied. The gods trick Andvardi out of his golden horde to pay off a a debt. He curses procession of the gold, and all those who 'own' it will die miserably. The curse of the gold is central to many versions of the Norse sagas and legends.

Full length color image of Andvardi, by George Stuart.

Left close up color image of Andvardi, by George Stuart.

Right closup color image of Andvardi, by George Stuart.

Portrait by artist-historian George Stuart.
Courtesy George S. Stuart.

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