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Norse gods

Divided between the Ăsir and the Vanir, and sometimes including Jotun, the dividing line between these groups is less than clear.



Norse mythology
The Nine Worlds of Norse Mythology
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Because Norse mythology was transmitted and altered by medieval Christian historians, the original pagan religious beliefs, attitudes, and practices cannot be determined with certainty.
Besides Odin, the major deities of Norse mythology were his wife, Frigg, goddess of the home; Thor, god of thunder, who protected humans and the other gods from the giants and who was especially popular among the Norse peasantry; Frey, a god of prosperity; and Freya, sister of Frey, a fertility goddess.
The gods were originally conceived as a confederation of two formerly warring divine tribes, the Aesir and the Vanir.
The Gods and Goddesses of the Norse Religion (0 words)
Tyr (or Tiw, Ziw) is the ancient god of War and the Lawgiver of the gods.
The Norns (Urd, Verdande, and Skuld), are the Norse equivalent of the greek Fates.
Odin's son, Baldur, the god of Love and Light, is sacrificed at Midsummer by the dart of the mistletoe, and is reborn at Jul (Yule).
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