In Norse mythology, Andvaranaut (12th c. Old Norse: [ˈɑndˌwɑrɑˌnɔut], "Andvari's Gift"), first owned by Andvari, is a magic ring that could help with finding sources of gold.[2]

Andvaranaut to the left of the picture being held either by Andvari or Attila's messenger Vingi. On the top of the picture is Sigurd/Siegfried slaying Fafnir, and to the right is Sigrdrífa/Brunhild offering him a drinking horn. On the early 11th c. Drävle runestone.[1]

The mischievous god Loki stole Andvari's treasure and the ring. In revenge, Andvari cursed the ring to bring misfortune and destruction to whoever possessed it. Loki quickly gave the cursed Andvaranaut to Hreidmar, King of the Dwarves, as reparation for having inadvertently killed Hreidmar's son, Ótr. Ótr's brother, Fafnir, then murdered Hreidmar and took the ring, turning into a dragon to guard it. Sigurd (Siegfried) later killed Fafnir and gave Andvaranaut to Brynhildr (Brünnehilde). Queen Grimhild of the Nibelungs then manipulated Sigurd and Brynhildr into marrying her children, bringing Andvaranaut's curse into her family.


  1. ^ Wessén, Elias; Sven B.F. Jansson (1953-1958). Sveriges runinskrifter: IX. Upplands runinskrifter del 4. Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien. ISSN 0562-8016. p. 621-631
  2. ^ "Andvaranaut". Retrieved 16 September 2016.