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This one is for Lover’s Blot, the Heathen equivalent of Valentines Day.
The figures represent the god and goddess of love and fertility Frey and Freya. The other items are symbolic of love, the brass lovers’ lamp, a cup decorated with the tree of life, a ribbon symbolising partnership, red roses and a carved love spoon.
Freyr, the ruler of Alfheim (“elf home”=realm of the elves), is the god of sun and rain, virility, fertlility and the patron of bountiful harvests. He is both a god of peace and a brave warrior. Freyr is the most prominent and most beautiful of the male members of the Vanir.
He is married to the beautiful giantess Gerd, and he and his twinsister Freya, are the children of Njord and Njord’s sister Jord.
Freyr has two equestrian-animals: A golden boar Gullinbursti (“golden bristle”) ,which was made for him by the dwarves Brokk and Eitri, and a horse named Blodighofi - (“The one with blood on the hoofs”). Freyr 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. He also possessed a sword that would by itself emerge from its sheath and spread a field with carnage whenever the owner desired it.
Freyr’s shield bearer and servant is Skirnir, to whom he gave his sword, which Skirnir demanded as a reward for making Gerd his wife. Would he miss his self-fighting sword? There are two mentioned fights where he doesn’t have his self-fightning sword: He fought Beli (who seems to have been the celtic God with powers similar to his own) and defeated Beli with an antler as a weapon. Beli was no match for him, and he could have killed Beli with his bare hands. His second mentioned fight/duel is harder: On the day of Ragnarok Frey will, in lack of the self-fighting sword, wrestle the fire giant Surt, who kills him.
Freyr, sometimes referred to as Yngvi-Freyr, was especially associated with Sweden and seen as an ancestor of the former Swedish royal house. The center of his cult was the city Uppsala in Sweden. In southern Sweden he was called Fricco.
In both the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda, Freyr sees Gerðr from a distance, becomes deeply lovesick at the sight of her shimmering beauty, and has his servant Skírnir go to Jötunheimr (where Gerðr and her father Gymir reside) to gain her love. In the Poetic Edda Gerðr initially refuses, yet after a series of threats by Skírnir she finally agrees. In the Prose Edda, no mention of threats is made. In both sources, Gerðr agrees to meet Freyr at a fixed time at the location of Barri and, after Skírnir returns with Gerðr’s response, Freyr laments that the meeting could not occur sooner. In both the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda, Gerðr is described as the daughter of Gymir and the mountain jötunn Aurboða.
In Heimskringla, Gerðr is recorded as the wife of Freyr, euhemerized as having been a beloved king of Sweden. In the same source, the couple are the founders of the Yngling dynasty and produced a son, Fjölnir, who rose to kinghood after Freyr’s passing and continued their line. Gerðr is commonly theorized to be a goddess associated with the earth. Gerðr has inspired works of art and literature.