Dvalin is in Norse mythology, a dwarf who gave to the dwarfs magic runes that made them skillful in crafts. The kenning for poetry is “Dvalin’s drink” because the mead of poetry was in the possession of the dwarfs. Dvalin, along with Alfrigga, Berling, and Grerr, possessed the magic necklace of the Brislings, which the goddess Freyja wanted. She agreed to sleep one night with each dwarf to gain the necklace. In some accounts Dvalin is said to be the father of the Norns, who dispense fate. Dvalin is also the name of one of the harts at the foot of the world or cosmic tree, Yggdrasill.
Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow-Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante
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