Dvergertal by Nancy Varian Berberick
My rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Herthe Amunddatter is angry at her brother Burgen and sister-in-law for ruining the reputation of her late father’s homestead for fair-handed to niggardly. One evening a stranger comes to the homestead and Herthe welcomes him as is right, but her brother and sister-in-law are ill hosts and the stranger turns out to be a dwarf named Motsognir. The dwarf offended by the treatment begins causing ill events to hit the house in quick succession, but Herthe stops him from harming her unborn niece/nephew which leads to Burgen giving her to the dwarf. Herthe is suddenly transported away into a dark area and over the ages is taught by Motsognir about the magic inside her and the dwarves, or spirits. Once she is ready Motsognir returns Herthe to her abandoned home where that night she meets a stranger who turns out to be Odin and she reveals to him Ragnarok and the two survivors.
Honestly I originally was going to give this a better rating, but unfortunately after thinking about it I downgraded it a lot. The first half of my review covered the first 7 pages and the last half the next 22, which should tell you all you need to know.