Viking Myths: Stories of the Norse Gods and Goddesses - Thor Ewing



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Viking Myths

AESIR & VANIR

Odin and his children are the main tribe of Viking gods, called the ∆sir or Aesir. Asgarth, the realm of the gods, is named after them.

But there is another group of gods called the Vanir. One myth describes a war between the Aesir and Vanir. When the two sides make peace, they all spit into a barrel and their spittle becomes a man called Kvasir who has the wisdom of all the gods. The Aesir and Vanir exchange hostages, so the Vanir god Niord comes to join the Aesir, and his two children Frey and Freya come with him.

Today, some people think the Vanir were the prehistoric gods who were worshipped in Scandinavia before the gods of the Aesir. Other people think the myth of the War of the Gods is very ancient, and goes back long before this. But itís well to remember that these questions didnít worry the Vikings!

The story of the war between Aesir and Vanir is told in ĎThe First of Warsí, Chapter 4 of
 Viking Myths: Stories of the Norse Gods and Goddesses.
 

Viking Myths: Stories of the Norse Gods and Goddesses 
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