KS2 English: Viking Sagas. 2: Freya and the goblins - Part 1
2: Freya and the goblins - Part 1
Loki introduces us to another character - the beautiful but vain goddess, Freya, who looks after the weather and the seasons.
Freya and her husband, Odur, have been invited to a banquet by Odin. So Freya is on the look-out for a new necklace to wear. One day she's walking in Midgard when she stumbles across a cave. It's raining and Freya is worried about her hair... so she goes inside. As she moves along the cave she begins to hear hammering...then discovers goblins mining for silver and gold. The goblins are enemies of the gods, but they are also well-known for making fantasic jewellery and Freya is transfixed by the sight of a beautiful necklace. Freya is determined to possess it at all costs, so the goblins name their price: she is to give each of them a 'big sloppy kiss'.
Freya is horrified but does as the goblins ask...then she runs back to Asgard and her husband, Odur. Freya thinks that with the necklace Odur will praise her beauty more than ever...but how wrong she is!
This series can be used to increase pupils' familiarity with a broad range of texts and narratives, including myths, legends and traditional stories and to make connections between these and other stories they are familiar with.
It will also support a broad range of writing objectives.
This series is relevant for teaching English at KS2, in England and Wales and Northern Ireland, and at First and Second Level in Scotland.