Alviss: the master smith

In Gods and Creatures by Skjalden

Alviss “Old Norse: All-Wise” is a dwarf who is famous for his wisdom. He is also well known for being a master smith, throughout the nine worlds in Norse mythology. Once upon a time a long long time ago, Thor’s beautiful daughter Thrud had been promised to the dwarf Alviss, but Thor did not want Alviss to get married with his daughter, so he made a plan to stop him.

Alviss went to the house of Thor, to claim what had been promised to him. But Thor told him that because he was just a little dwarf, he had to prove that he really was all wise. Alviss quickly agreed to the demands of Thor, because he was so much in love with Thor’s daughter Thrud.

“Alvíss puts a ring around the arm of Þrúðr” by Lorenz Frølich (1905)

Thor then began to ask one question after another to Alviss, Thor asked about all kind of things from the art of crafting, to music and how a fish swims. He had asked so many questions for Alviss, that it lasted all night until the early morning. Alviss had been so distracted by all the questions from Thor, that when the sun started to rise and he was touched by the warm sunlight, he had no time to react and was turned into a stone.