the dictionary of norse mythology


DISIR Female guardian spirits associated with death. The Disir singular, Dis watched over indi-viduals, families, and perhaps entire neighborhoods. Some experts believe the Disir were malicious, harm-ful spirits, who sought bad things for the people they watched over however, other experts suggest that the norse people also believed in a positive influence of the Disir in a person's life and that a Dis brought good to a home and its family. The goddess freya was also referred to as Vanadis, which means the Dis of the vanir.This type of spirit is mentioned in the Eddic poem grimnismal, and the Disir play an important role in the Saga of Tryggvason. More information about them survives in place-names in scandinavia and in histories written in later centuries.

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