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Major gods of the Viking religion

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Major Gods and Goddesses of Viking Religion

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Odin

The All-Father, chief god of the later pre-Christian Viking era. God of death and wisdom. Those who die in battle are taken by Odin to Valhalla, where they will feast until they fight beside the god at Ragnarok.

 

Thor

God of thunder, strongest of the gods, wielder of Mjollnir, slayer of giants. Warder (protector) of Midgard. Called upon by humans for protection. Loved by farmers due to his fertility aspect. He is associated with the storms of spring.

 

Freyr

God of fertility. Originally a Van, part of the hostage exchange at the end of the war between the Aesir and Vanir. Associated with light summer rains and nature.

 

Freya

Sister of Freyr. With him, a hostage traded to the Aesir by the Vanir at the end of the war. Goddess of sex, human fertility, wealth.

 

Frigga

Wife of Odin. Mother goddess, goddess of the home and hearth. She knows all, even what is hidden from Odin himself.

Balder

Son of Odin and Frigga. God of light. Killed by the treachery of Loki (usually, though sometimes by his twin brother, Hodur alone) To dwell in Hel until Ragnarok, after which he will take his father's place as chief of the gods.

Loki

The trickster god. Often responsible for misfortunes which befall the gods, including Ragnarok. Can be made to fix the problems he causes by Thor. Parent of the Midgard Serpent (Jormungand) and the Fenris wolf.

 

Tyr

Often called god of war. More likely, god of battle in pursuit of justice.

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