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Definition: Aesir from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

The principal gods of Norse mythology – Odin, Thor, Balder, Tyr, Heimdall, and Loki. Their dwelling place was Asgard. They fought against a rival group of gods, the Vanir; as a result Njord, Freyr, and Freya joined them, initially as hostages.


Summary Article: Aesir
From Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

In Germanic religion, one of the two main groups of deities, the other being the Vanir. Odin, his wife Frigg, Tyr (the god of war), and Thor were the four Aesir common to the Germanic nations. Balder and Loki were considered Aesir by other peoples. The Aesir were a warlike race and were originally dominant over the Vanir, but after numerous defeats in battle they were forced to grant the Vanir equal status. The poet-god Kvasir was born out of the peace ritual in which the two races mingled their saliva in the same vessel.

Event: Aesir

Definition: god (deity)

Significance: myth, Ragnarök (Scandinavian mythology), Germanic religion and mythology

Related Event: Ragnarök

Keywords: myth, Aesir, god, Germanic religion and mythology, Ragnarök

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