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Idun was a very important part of the gods life and survival The goddess of Spring or rejuvenation and the wife of Bragi the god of poetry She was the keeper of the magic apples of immortality which the gods must eat to preserve their youthEvans Millard Without the assistance of Iduns golden apples the Aesirs would have grown old and lived in this condition for eternity These apples were of course much desired by other creatures for instance the giant Thiassi who once managed to capture Idun along with her apples Page Scared and threatened by Thiassis demands for Idens powers Loki lured her out of the city of Asgard in hopes of receiving his freedom in return When through the cunning of Loki the trickster god she and her apples were seized by the giant Thiassi and taken to the realm of the giants the gods quickly began to grow old OsborneAged and anxious the gods awaited Idens safe return so they would regain their youthful beauty Fortunately a servant that lived in the city had seen Loki lure Idun over the bridge and told the gods and goddesses about it Soon Loki was captured They brought him before Odin who heaped threats on the hapless Loki I will find Idun and her apples exclaimed the villan If Freya will lend me her falcon skin Ill fly intoJotunheim and rescue Idun I swear Crossley-Holland They then forced Loki to rescue Idun which he did by taking the form of a falcon changing Idun into a nut in some sources a sparrow and flying off with her in his claws Encyclopedia Brittanica Loki found Idun alone and uttered a magic spell which turned Idun into a nut He then took her into the grasp of his claws and flew away with her Once Thiassi discovered that Idun was gone he took his falcon skin and began pursuit after Idun and Loki
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