the dictionary of norse mythology


EIR A goddess and healer or physician. Little is now known of Eir. She appears in the works of snorri sturluson and is mentioned once in the older poetic edda. Eir is one of the 12 or 13 highest-ranking goddesses, according to Snorri's list of deities. She is also one of the handmaids of the beautiful giantess menglod.Eir means peace, mercy, or clemency, traits some see as important to her role as a physician. That Snorri and others even named this goddess suggests to scholars that Eir once played an important role in Norse religion.

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