Norse Deities

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A primordial giant who formed in the void of Ginnungagap from fire and ice.

Ymir

He gave birth to the frost giants and created the primordial cow Audhumla.

Ymir

He was killed by Odin and his brothers, who used his body to construct most of the universe.

Ymir

(or Wodin or Wotan)

Odin

The All-Father

Odin

he is the leader of the Aesir, the principal group of Norse gods.

Odin

He is a god of war, death, wisdom, poetry, and knowledge, and rides the eight-legged horse Sleipnir.

Odin

He hung himself for nine days on the world tree Yggsdrasil, pierced by his own spear, to gain knowledge, and traded one of his eyes for a drink from Mimir's well to gain wisdom.

Odin

(or Frigga)

Frigg

The wife of Odin, and mother by him of Balder, Hoder, Hermod, and Tyr.

Frigg

She is the goddess of the sky, marriage, and motherhood, and often works at her loom spinning clouds.

Frigg

(or Freyr)

Frey

The son of Njord, and twin brother of Freya.

Frey

He is one of the Vanir, a second group of Norse gods, but lives with the Aesir as a hostage.

Frey

The god of fertility, horses, sun, and rain, his possessions include the magic ship Skidbladnir.

Frey

He travels in a chariot drawn by the golden boar Gullinbursti, and had to give away his magic sword to win the hand of the giantess Gerda.

Frey

The daughter of Njord and twin sister of Frey, she is also a Vanir hostage living with the Aesir.

Freya

The goddess of love, passion, and human fertility, her possessions include a cloak that allows her to turn into a falcon, and the necklace Brisingamen.

Freya

She travels in a chariot drawn by two cats.

Freya

A son of Odin and the giantess Jord

Thor

He is the god of thunder, weather, and crops.

Thor

One of the most popular of the Norse gods, he travels in a chariot pulled by two goats.

Thor

wields the hammer Mjolnir.

Thor

He is married to Sif, and his special nemesis is the Midgard Serpent.

Thor

He's actually giant-kin, but lives with the Aesir and is Odin's blood-brother.

Loki

The god of fire and trickery, his many pranks include duping Hoder into killing Balder.

Loki

His children include the wolf Fenrir, the Midgard Serpent Jormungandr, Hel (the ruler of the underworld), and Sleipnir.

Loki

After killing Balder he was chained to three boulders with snakes dripping poison onto him.

Loki

The son of nine sisters,

Heimdall

he is the god of light and guardians.

Heimdall

He guards Bifrost, the rainbow bridge into Asgard.

Heimdall

His senses are so sharp, he can see 100 miles by night or day and hear grass growing.

Heimdall

He will call the Aesir into battle at Ragnarok with his horn Gjall (or Gjallerhorn).

Heimdall

(or Baldur)

Balder

The fairest of the Aesir, he is the god of light, joy, and beauty.

Balder

He dreamed of his own death, so Frigga extracted promises from everything not to harm Balder, but she skipped mistletoe.

Balder

Loki tricked Balder's blind brother Hoder into killing him with a spear of mistletoe.

Balder

The goddesses of destiny, represented as the three sisters

Norns

Urd (or Wyrd), Verdandi (or Verthandi), and Skuld.

Norns

The counterparts of the Greek Fates, they tend the Well of Fate at the roots of Yggdrasil.

Norns

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