the dictionary of norse mythology


VANAHEIM VANALAND The realm or king-dom of the vanir, the gods of the earth, fertility, and plenty. This realm was neighbor to asgard, home of the aesir gods. After the great war between the aesir and the vanir, odin, the greatest of the Aesir, sent the gods hoenir and mimir to Vanaheim, and the Vanir sent niord, frey, and freya to Asgard.Vanaheim also refers to the Tanais, an ancient name for the Don River in western Russia.

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