She traveled for another day, with no luck, before the trail opened up into a huge underground world. This was the land of the dark dwarfs. She slowly passed earthen huts, each lit with a torch and each with smoke billowing from their chimneys. The roof of this land was covered with long roots which grew down like the branches of a tree. But these were ugly twisted trees and had no greenery attached. Water dripped from this strange ceiling like rain from dark clouds. She stopped at several dwellings along the way but was told at each that they had not seen her husband. At least they were kinder than the rock dwarfs had been to her, she thought.Then she saw the blacksmith shop of Eitri and Brokk and stopped her cart. She dismounted her carriage and went inside to see the talented smith's and ask if they had any news about her husband. Freyja greeted them warmly and asked how they were this day. Then Brokk said in a hoarse voice, " I have made the Gods a boar with bristles of gold, the ring called Draupnir, and the hammer Mjolinir. What do the Gods of Asgard want of me now ?" Freyja, offended by his tone replied, " We of Asgard are very appreciative of the wonderful gifts you gave us. I will ask of you only a question. Has my husband been this way by chance ?" Eitri looked at Brokk with an evil smile, then turned back to Freyja and said, " Why yes, and he is still here ! He is looking at our goods in our back storeroom. If you will be so kind as to follow me I will take you to him." Freyja followed with great expectation and a broad smile on her face. When they reached the back Eitri opened a large door and Brokk said, After you great Goddess." As soon as Freyja had stepped inside Eitri slammed the door shut and bolted it. They danced a little dance to celebrate their good fortune. They had captured the most beautiful Goddess in all of Asgard. The rest of the day Eitri and Brokk argued as to what they should do with her. Should they ransom her back to the Aesir or sell her to the highest bidding Jotun?
The next day they went back to the storeroom to ask Freyja how much she thought she was worth to the Gods or Jotuns. Freyja with a pretty little smile reached down , picked up three pieces of coal from a bin, and said in a calm voice, " Not as much as these diamonds. " Before she showed them to the Dwarfs she ran her hand over the lumps of coal and they transformed into the largest diamonds in all the nine worlds. Impatient, the dwarfs shouted, " Let us see, let us see !" Freyja opened her hand and displayed the sparking gems to them. " Will these buy my freedom,?" asked Freyja. Eitri and Brokk were amazed at the size and beauty of these huge diamonds. Even in their low lit world they shone like a beacon. Brokk finally spoke and said, " We will have the diamonds and you as well." To this Freyja simply ran her hand over the diamonds and they turned back into coal. She said, " My freedom for the diamonds. That is my offer." Eitri looked at Brokk and said, " How do we know you will not make them disappear after we release you?" Freyja smiled pleasantly and said, " You have my word that they will remain in your hands even after I am free. "
The dwarfs discussed it for a few minutes together and then agreed to the bargain. They escorted her safely back to her cart and even helped her up into her seat. After she was safely behind the reins of her cats she handed over the diamonds to Brokk. As soon as the diamonds were safely in his hands he yelled to Eitri to grab her. Freyja had anticipated treachery and was too fast for them. The cats bolted and the cart was safely on its way and out of the dwarfs reach within seconds. The dwarfs cursed their luck and were disappointed that they could not have both prizes. They were however ecstatic that they now possessed these very valuable diamonds.
That night Brokk and Eitri decided to show off their prize gems to the rest of the dwarfs in the village. Everyone gathered round as Brokk told the story of how they had captured the Great Goddess Freyja, and then lied that they had received as ransom three diamonds from the Aesir for her return. Then Eitri pulled the huge diamonds up high so the entire crowd could see their triumph. The onlookers looked hard at Eitri's hand and then started to laugh one and all. Eitri pulled the diamonds back down and was shocked to see only three lumps of coal. Brokk was so angry he took off his hat and started to beat Eitri. This made the crowd laugh even louder ! Freyja had paid the dwarfs, a lie for a lie !
As Freyja rode out of the cave entrance and back into the world of sunshine she decided it was best for her to give up her search for Od. She had failed and was very tired and disappointed. With a heavy heart and tear - filled eyes she headed back to Asgard through the dirt roads of Midgard.
As she stood outside the massive doors of Sessrumnir she felt only loneliness and sadness. As she slowly opened the door to the great hall she saw, to her amazement, Od sitting on the golden benches with Hnoss on one knee, and Gersemi on the other. Od turned to her and shouted, " Where have you been my wife ? I have been waiting for you for days !" Freyja's sorrow turned to anger and fury ! She clenched her fists and strode foward. Then she saw Od bouncing Hnoss and Gersemi up and down on his knees and heard their daughters giggling. The anger drained away just as quickly as it had appeared. Her husband was home at last and the family reunited. Freyja walked over to Od, shook her finger at him and then hugged him. All was well at last. At least for the time being.
As Heimdall watched over the massive rainbow bridge he heard the giggling of children and laughter of adults coming from Sessrumnir. He smiled as he watched. There would be no shedding of red - gold tears this night.
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love and Thor's protection !