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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.
Óðr again leaves the grieving Freyja in Odur verläßt abermals die trauernde Gattin (1882), artist unknown.
In Norse mythology, Óðr (Old Norse for “mad, frantic, furious, vehement, eager”, as a noun “mind, feeling” and also “song, poetry”; Orchard (1997) gives “the frenzied one”) or Óð, sometimes angliziced as Odr or Od, is a figure associated with the major goddess Freyja. The Prose Edda and Heimskringla, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson, both describe Óðr as Freyja’s husband and father of her daughter Hnoss. Heimskringla adds that the couple produced another daughter, Gersemi. A number of theories have been proposed about Óðr, generally that he is somehow a hypostasis of the deity Odin due to their similarities.
One of the principal deities of the Vanir, (rather than the Aesir, with whom the Vanir fought a terrible war) Freya is a Goddess of love, beauty, and fertility. She is the most beautiful of all the Goddesses, and seen as the most propitious as far as mankind was concerned. She is also the patron Goddess of childbirth and agriculture, and a symbol of sensuality in matters of love.
Freya dwells in Fólkvangr, and there receives half of those mortals that die in battle (the other half going to Odin’s hall, Valhalla).
She has a chariot pulled by two cats, a cloak of bird feathers that allows its wearer to change into a falcon, and she wears the precious necklace of the Brisings, which she obtained by sleeping with four dwarfs.
Freyr (sometimes anglicized Frey, from *frawjaz ”lord”) is one of the most important gods of Norse paganism. Freyr was highly associated with farming, weather and, as a phallicfertility god, Freyr “bestows peace and pleasure on mortals”. Freyr, sometimes referred to as Yngvi-Freyr, was especially associated with Sweden and seen as an ancestor of theSwedish royal house.
The most extensive surviving Freyr myth relates Freyr’s falling in love with the female jötunnGerðr. Eventually, she becomes his wife but first Freyr has to give away his magic swordwhich fights on its own “if wise be he who wields it”. Although deprived of this weapon, Freyr defeats the jötunn Beli with an antler. However, lacking his sword, Freyr will be killed by the fire jötunn Surtr during the events of Ragnarök.