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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

God of the Week -- Freyr

Wednesday, October 7, 2009
The Norse God of sun and rain he was also recognized as the God of bountiful harvests. In addition to this dichotomy he was also a God of peace and a powerful warrior.

The most beautiful of the male members of the Vanir (one of the two tribes of the Norse pantheon) he was later also called the "Lord of the Aesir".

In the Elder Edda there is a verse that sums him up.
Freyr is the best
Of all the chiefs
Among the gods.
He causes not tears
To maids or mothers:
His desire is to loosen the fetters
Of those enchained
He is married to the beautiful giantess Gerd, and is the son of Njord. His sister is Freya. He rides a chariot pulled by the golden boar Gullinbursti which was made for him by the dwarves Brokk and Eitri. He owns the ship Skidbladnir ("wooden-bladed"), which always sails directly towards its target, and which can become so small that it can fit in Freyr's pocket.

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