Thrud is the daughter of Thor and Sif. In Skaldskaparmal Thor is called by the kenning, " father of Thrud ". In Ragnarsdrapa Thrud is said to have been kidnapped by the Jotun Hrungnir, and Hrungnir is called by the kenning, " taker of Thrud ". Thrud is also for some reason promised as a bride to the Dwarve Alvis in the story Alvissmal. We are never told who or why she was promised to him, but Alvis says to Thor : " Now I will take my bride, and travel home to my own halls broad benches, some may say it is a hasty marriage, but I will not linger here any longer. " Thor then responds : " No promise binds me to give you this bride, a father' s word is final. I was not there when they offered you, what one God alone can give. "
One might assume that the old adage, " When the cat is away the mice will play ", is appropriate here. This of course brings to mind the great trickster Loki, who seems to always cause trouble for the Gods. However, the key word in Thor' s speech is when he says " when THEY ( Plural ) offered you...." The dwarves are well known for their ability to craft incredible items that then become very important items to the Gods , i.e. Skidbladnir, Thor' s Hammer, Sif' s hair, Gungnir, etc.... So it is possible that the Gods contracted out for Alvis to make them an item of great value, ( that we are not told about, or is lost to history ), and his reward was to be Thor' s daughter.
Thor, I believe feels that he cannot break the " deal " by simply killing Alvis. Remember at Balder' s funeral a Dwarve named Lit got in Thor's way while he was consecrating the funeral ship, and Thor kicked the little Dwarve into Balder' s funeral pyre without a second thought. So it seems something, breaking the Gods oath for instance , is preventing Thor from just killing Alvis. Thor decides to use a little of Odin's type of wisdom to trick the wise little Dwarve into killing himself. Thor says he will not release his daughter to the Dwarve until he proves his knowledge by answering Thor's questions correctly. The Dwarve easily answers all of Thor's questions, but Thor has tricked the Dwarve into staying too long, and he is killed by the first rays of light of the morning sun. A tremendous story indeed !
Thrud' s name means strength, and her name is the prefix for many other names. Thrudgelmir ( strength - yeller ), Thrudheim ( strength - world ), Thrudvanger, ( Strength - fields ) etc..... I see Thrud as a strong and dynamic Goddess. A warrior born, who though the Eddas do not confirm she will survive Ragnarok, I believe she will, and that she will take her place alongside her brothers in the post - Ragnarok era.
Var is listed ninth among the Goddesses in Gylfaginning. Var is a proud and honorable Goddess who expects all those around her, Gods humans, Dwarves, Elves, Jotuns, to be as honorable as she is. Snorri tells us : " She hears the oaths and pledges of people, and also the personal agreements that men and women make to one another, including marriage vows. Those verbal contracts are then called Varar. Var is greatly angered by those who break, or even bend, the letter of the contract or oath, and will take vengeance against those who disregard the sanctity of such pledges and oaths.
In Gylfaginning, High One, tells us : " The tenth is Vor. She is so wise and searching that nothing can be concealed from her. It is a proverb that a woman becomes aware of what she gets to know. " John Lindow tells us, in his book Norse Mythology, that " The name Vor is nothing more than the feminine form of the common adjective Varr. " Varr means aware.
I am not a scholar like some of these writers are, but a man of religion. As a man of religion I see Vor not as something to be studied, but as a Goddess who is all - knowing and all - seeing. She cannot be lied to, cannot be bargained with, and cannot be deceived. She is righteousnous, the seeker of truth, and ever watching. The next time, and everytime, we lie or do an evil act she is the first to know, and she never forgets those who commit such acts. I feel that she works in conjunction with Syn in the defense of those who have been wrongfully accused.
Go with Odin' s Wisdom, Freyja' s love, and Thor's protection !