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Definition: Vanir from Collins English Dictionary


1 Norse myth a race of ancient gods often locked in struggle with the Aesir. The most notable of them are Njord and his children Frey and Freya

[from Old Norse Vanr, a fertility god]

Summary Article: Vanir
From Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

In Germanic religion, the group of gods responsible for wealth, fertility, and commerce. They included Njörd and his children, Freyr and Freyja, among others. They were originally subordinate to the warlike Aesir, but, after defeating the Aesir in battle, they were granted equal status. The Vanir sent Njörd and Freyr to live with the Aesir and received Hoenir and Mimir in exchange. The birth of Kvasir resulted from the peace ritual between the two groups.

Event: Vanir

Definition: god (deity)

Significance: myth, Germanic religion and mythology

Keywords: myth, Vanir, god, Germanic religion and mythology

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