Goddess of youth and spring. She is guardian of the apples that grant youthfulness and vitality to the Gods. Little is known of her origins or her for that matter, but it makes her no less important-as we see when she deceived by Loki. She was lured away and kidnapped by a giant. Without Idun to maintain the apples, the Gods grew weak and old. When Idun returned their youthfulness was restored. One thing that this shows us-is that our Gods and Goddesses, unlike Gods of most other religions, possess the human-like trait or morality. Simply put our Gods can die. Because of this Idun and her apples are very important to our Gods and Goddesses.
Artwork: “There Sat Idun With Her Apples” by Fiona F. Hart