Norse Gods and Goddesses 101 (Part 1)
Did you know that there were two major clans in Norse mythology? The Gods were either part of Æsir or Vanir.
The most powerful and influential Gods from the Æsir clan were Odin, Tyr, Frigg, Heimdall, Thor, Hod, Baldur and Loki. On the other hand, the most noteworthy and remarkable members of Vanir were Freyja, Freyr, count Njord and different fertility Gods.
Despite the opposition and antagonism between these two clans, it was still necessary for them to collaborate and help each other out for a better Midgard (Earth).
The Norse Gods & Goddesses
Odin was the ruler of Asgard (home to the Aesir Gods up in the sky) and was considered the greatest God among the Norse Gods. He was an undeniably supreme deity in Norse mythology and was always hungry and on a continuous quest for knowledge with the help of his two ravens (Huginn and Muninn).
One of the things not a lot of people know about him was that he sacrificed one of his eyes in order for him to see the cosmos (Universe) better. Aside from that, he also hung around Yggdrasil (The Tree of Life) for nine consecutive days and nights until he was confident and sure about his knowledge and understanding of the runic alphabet. His thirst for wisdom paved the way for him to learn more about the mysteries of the universe. It also allowed him to unlock and solve these mysteries with his vast amount of knowledge that he had acquired along the way.
Frigg was Odin’s wife and was regarded as a role model of love, beauty and fertility. As the lovely queen and chief goddess of Asgard, she was gifted with the power of divination and was the only one with the right to sit next to her husband up there in Asgard. This mighty Norse goddess also had a very protective nature about her. This made her decide to take an oath from beasts and other elements and requested them not to injure Baldur (son). As a mother, she only wanted the best for her son but her trust was betrayed by Loki, one of the most deceitful Gods in Norse mythology.
Baldur was the son of Odin and Frigg in Norse mythology. He was believed to be immortal and was the embodiment of kindness, fairness and radiance. However, he was killed by Loki by hurling a mistletoe (the only thing that could hurt him).
His untimely death made the gods fearful as it was a clear sign that Ragnarok was coming and their fates had already been determined no matter how much they wanted to escape from it. After regeneration took place, he came back to life.
Loki was a sneaky and troublesome God in Norse mythology who was capable of shape-shifting into different animalistic forms of his choice. Once he found out that a mistletoe was the only thing that could hurt Baldur, this mischievous God decided to push with his evil plan to end poor Baldur’s life. He did that by placing a branch into the hands of Hod (a blind God) and tricked him into throwing it at Baldur.
Thor was also one of Odin’s sons and was popular for his mighty and supreme weapon called the “Mjöllnir Hammer.” He was very powerful and a force to be reckoned with because he was the God of Thunder, Storm and Lightning. He was also known as the protector of humanity and an epitome of strength and bravery for fearlessly and courageously defending Asgard from savagely violent giants and ferocious forces of evil.
Freya and Freyr
Freya was considered one of the most passionate and sensual Goddesses in Norse mythology. Just like Frigg (Odin’s wife), she was also associated with beauty, fertility and love. She was also so pretty that she captivated the hearts of many beings in the cosmos. She had a twin brother known as Freyr. His sibling was known as the God of fertility and a symbol of prosperity. Freyr was also associated with sunshine and good weather conditions.
That’s it for now. We hope you learned a lot from today’s blog post. We will talk about the other major Gods and Goddesses in Norse mythology so watch out for our upcoming blog post! ;)