the dictionary of norse mythology


VANIR A race of gods and goddesses who lived in vanaheim. They were the original gods, more ancient than the aesir. They were gods of fertility. Chief among them were the twin deities frey and freya. After the war with the Aesir see war between the aesir and the vanir, Frey, Freya, and their father, niord, and possibly heimdall went to live in asgard, home of the Aesir. After that war all the gods were referred to as Aesir.The Vanir gods brought peace and plenty to Asgard. They also brought their knowledge of seid, magic and witchcraft, and instructed the Aesir in its practice. The Vanir were worshiped for centuries in northern lands.

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