In the meantime they raised a great mound, in which they placed a door with three holes in it. The idea is that the sword which Surtr slays Freyr with is the "sword of the gods" which Freyr had earlier bargained away for Gerðr. Fjölnir's descendants are enumerated in Ynglingatal which describes the mythological kings of Sweden. According to Norse mythology, Freyr and his father were sent to live with the Æsir as hostages in the peace agreement at the end of the Æsir-Vanir War. Home. Adeo virtus luxui resistit. He dedicates a horse to the god and kills a man for riding it, setting in motion a chain of fateful events. Gunnar destroyed the wooden idol and dressed himself as Freyr, then Gunnar and the priestess travelled across Sweden where people were happy to see the god visiting them. She’s a member of the Vanir tribe of deities, but became an honorary member of the Aesir gods after the Aesir-Vanir War. (also spelled Freyr), in Norse mythology, a god of wealth and of the harvest, and patron god of Sweden and Iceland. He had his important in Ragnarok, encountering the giant Surtr in his last battle. Freyr hét Yngvi öðru nafni; Yngva nafn var lengi síðan haft í hans ætt fyrir tignarnafn, ok Ynglingar váru síðan kallaðir hans ættmenn. He's also the ruler of Alfheim and Lord of the Elves. The two giants Gymir and his wife Aurboda had a daughter named Gerd, she was the most beautiful of all the women.. One day the God Freyr had sneaked into Odin’s house where he could look out over all the nine realms, here he sat in the seat called Hlidskjalf.When Freyr sat there, he looked out of the window and to the north, where he saw a magnificent house on a hill with a woman next to it. A strophe of the Anglo-Saxon rune poem (c. 1100) records that: This may refer to the origins of the worship of Ingui in the tribal areas that Tacitus mentions in his Germania as being populated by the Inguieonnic tribes. Eventually Njörðr falls ill and dies. Odin goes on to conquer the North and settles in Sweden where he rules as king, collects taxes and maintains sacrifices. The figures coincide with 11th century descriptions of statue arrangements recorded by Adam of Bremen at the Temple at Uppsala and written accounts of the gods during the late Viking Age. The courtship of Freyr and Gerðr is dealt with extensively in the poem Skírnismál. There is archaeological evidence for an increase in human sacrifices in the late Viking Age[12] though among the Norse gods human sacrifice is most often linked to Odin. Ingui is mentioned also in some later Anglo-Saxon literature under varying forms of his name, such as "For what doth Ingeld have to do with Christ" and the variants used in Beowulf to designate the kings as 'leader of the friends of Ing'. His likeness, too, they fashion with an immense phallus. Later in the account Adam states that when a marriage is performed a libation is made to the image of Fricco. Freyr, also spelled Frey, also called Yngvi, in Norse mythology, the ruler of peace and fertility, rain, and sunshine and the son of the sea god Njörd. Her father was Njörd, the sea god.Pigs were sacred to her, and she rode a boar with golden bristles. Þá hélzt ár ok friðr. Ynglinga saga 13, Laing's translation. In a poem by Egill Skalla-Grímsson, Freyr is called upon along with Njörðr to drive Eric Bloodaxe from Norway. He is wearing a pointed cap or helmet and stroking his triangular beard. Þat var einn dag er Freyr hafði gengit í Hliðskjálf ok sá of heima alla. The dwarves build Freyr a ship, Skidbladnir, that can hold all the gods or fit in his pocket. When Skírnir finds Gerðr he starts by offering her treasures if she will marry Freyr. Á hans dögum hófst Fróða friðr, þá var ok ár um öll lönd; kendu Svíar þat Frey. Freyr (pronounced “FREY-ur;” Old Norse Freyr, “Lord;” sometimes anglicized as “Frey”) is a god who belongs to the Vanir tribe of deities. Gylfaginning XXXVII, Brodeur's translation. Social Studies for Kids - The Monitor and the Merrimack, Frey - Student Encyclopedia (Ages 11 and up). According to Adam of Bremen, Freyr was associated with peace and pleasure, and was represented with a phallic statue in the Temple at Uppsala. Adam assigns control of the weather and produce of the fields to Thor but Snorri says that Freyr rules over those areas. In Norse mythology, Freyja is a goddess associated with love, beauty, fertility, sex, war, gold, and seiðr. According to the Prose Edda, Freyr had to fight Beli without his sword and slew him with an antler. Freyr Norse God was the god of fertility and Sun. Freyr is fated to fight the fire-giant Surtr and since he does not have his sword he will be defeated. He also states that the gods discovered Freyr and Freyja having sex together. They brought all the taxes into the mound, and through the one hole they put in the gold, through the other the silver, and through the third the copper money that was paid. Ynglinga saga 4, Schultz's edition, While Njord was with the Vanaland people he had taken his own sister in marriage, for that was He was, like his father, fortunate in friends and in good seasons. Swedish Museum of National Antiquities inventory number 14232. Together with his sister, Freyja, he brings peace and prosperity to men and the blessings of fertility to the home and the field. It is obvious how far his heart was removed from frivolity if he could not even bear to watch these occasions. (1949). Gesta Danorum 3, Fisher's translation. Freyr is the most renowned of the Æsir; he rules over the rain and the shining of the sun, and therewithal the fruit of the earth; and it is good to call on him for fruitful seasons and peace. He is the son of NjÇ«rðr and his sister. Together with his sister, Freyja, he brings peace and prosperity to men and the blessings of fertility to the home and the field. En Freyr lét eigi þat til skorta ok gaf honum sverðit. [3] Deriving ultimately from Proto-Germanic *frawjōn ('lord'), it is cognate with Gothic frauja, Old English frēa, or Old High German frō, all meaning 'lord, master'.[3][4]. Freyr God. The other, Woden—that is, the Furious—carries on war and imparts to man strength against his enemies. Scholar Hilda Ellis Davidson says that it has been suggested that the figures are taking part in a dance, and that they may have been connected with weddings, as well as linked to the Vanir group of gods, representing the notion of a divine marriage, such as in the Poetic Edda poem Skírnismál; the coming together of Gerðr and Freyr. En er hann leit í norðrætt, þá sá hann á einum bœ mikit hús ok fagrt, ok til þess húss gekk kona, ok er hon tók upp höndum ok lauk hurð fyrir sér þá lýsti af höndum hennar bæði í lopt ok á lög, ok allir heimar birtusk af henni. The reference to public prostitution may be a memory of fertility cult practices. That Freyr had a cult at Uppsala is well confirmed from other sources. The Old Norse name Freyr ('lord') stems from a Proto-Norse form reconstructed as *fraujaʀ based upon the attested runic inscriptions fraui (c. 800 AD) and frohila (from an earlier *frōjila). He refers to Freyr with the Latinized name Fricco and mentions that an image of him at Skara was destroyed by the Christian missionary, Bishop Egino. Even after the loss of his weapon Freyr still has two magical artifacts, both of them dwarf-made. Freyr had a son named Fjölnir, who succeeds him as king and rules during the continuing period of peace and good seasons. Siquidem humani generis hostias mactare aggressus foeda superis libamenta persolvit. Gerðr Gýmis dóttir hét kona hans; sonr þeirra hét Fjölnir. Freyr is the god of fertility and belongs to the family of the Vanir (Snorri included him in his list of Æsir as well). When Snorri Sturluson was writing in 13th century Iceland, the indigenous Germanic gods were still remembered although they had not been openly worshiped for more than two centuries. Ynglinga saga 4, Laing's translation. No myths involving Skíðblaðnir have come down to us but Snorri relates that Freyr rode to Baldr's funeral in a wagon pulled by Gullinbursti. A tooth-gift was a gift given to an infant on the cutting of the first tooth. Cuius etiam simulacrum fingunt cum ingenti priapo. Freya was one of the most sensual and passionate goddesses in Norse mythology. Gesta Danorum 9, Olrik's edition, About this time the Swedish ruler Frø, after killing Sivard, king of the Norwegians, removed the wives of Sivard's relatives to a brothel and exposed them to public prostitution. The figures are sometimes single, occasionally an animal, sometimes a man and a woman with a leafy bough between them, facing or embracing one another. Freyja is the goddess of love, beauty, and wealth. Viewable online: Gesta Hammaburgensis ecclesiae pontificum, "Northvegr - The Story of Gisli The Outlaw", http://faculty.washington.edu/leiren/vikings2.html, The Temple at Old Uppsala: Adam of Bremen, Sacred trees and groves in Germanic paganism and mythology, Mythological Norse people, items and places, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Freyr&oldid=996480266, Articles containing Old English (ca. A part of the Swedish Skog tapestry depicts three figures that have been interpreted as allusions to Odin, Thor, and Freyr,[14] but also as the three Scandinavian holy kings Canute, Eric and Olaf. Frēa), comes from a common Germanic root * Fraujaz or * Frauwaz “Herr”, plus the feminine * Frawjō “Herrin”. Freyr's role as a fertility god needed a female counterpart in a divine couple (McKinnell's translation 1987[9]): Great heathen sacrifices were held there at that time, and for a long while Frey had been the god who was worshipped most there – and so much power had been gained by Frey's statue that the devil used to speak to people out of the mouth of the idol, and a young and beautiful woman had been obtained to serve Frey. Freyr er hinn ágætasti af ásum. Reykjavík: Íslendingasagnaútgáfan. He is … To Mannus they assign three sons, from whose names, they say, the coast tribes are called Ingaevones; those of the interior, Herminones; all the rest, Istaevones". En þat var bannat með Ásum at byggja svá náit at frændsemi. In Norse mythology, the story is told of the courting of a young giantess named Gerd by the god Freyr and his servant Skirnir. Freyr is the god of fertility and fruitfulness. He courts the giantess Gerd through his servant Skirnir. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. In Nafnaþulur Freyr is said to ride the horse Blóðughófi (Bloody Hoof). Snorri also omits any explicitly sexual references in Freyr's description. [5] Adam's description of the Temple at Uppsala gives some details on the god. allowed by their law; and their children were Frey and Freya. Þat var svá gott sverð at sjálft vásk. [2] He has the servants Skírnir, Byggvir and Beyla. The most extensive surviving Freyr myth relates Freyr's falling in love with the female jötunn Gerðr. Freyr and Freyja. The significance of these gods is as follows: Thor, they say, presides over the air, which governs the thunder and lightning, the winds and rains, fair weather and crops. They're gods of fertility and Freyr is usually depicted with a large phallus! Like other Germanic deities, veneration of Freyr is revived during the modern period through the Heathenry movement. Gesta Danorum 3, Olrik's edition, There was also a viceroy of the gods, Frø, who took up residence not far from Uppsala and altered the ancient system of sacrifice practised for centuries among many peoples to a morbid and unspeakable form of expiation. He is the noblest of the gods. It is possible that the Norse gods did not have exactly the same roles in Icelandic and Swedish paganism but it must also be remembered that Adam and Snorri were writing with different goals in mind. Freyr is a member of the Vanir, the male fertility god and god of love. … In this temple, entirely decked out in gold, the people worship the statues of three gods in such wise that the mightiest of them, Thor, occupies a throne in the middle of the chamber; Woden and Frikko have places on either side. He governs also the prosperity of men. Freyr When he dies he is buried in a howe. Some scholars have preferred a slightly different translation, in which the sun shines "from the sword of the gods". Freyr, sometimes referred to as Yngvi-Freyr, was especially associated with Sweden and seen as an ancestor of the Swedish royal house. Freyr was revered as the god of fertility and reproductive health in men. Gylfaginning 37, EB's edition, It chanced one day that Freyr had gone to Hlidskjálf, and gazed over all the world; but when he looked over into the northern region, he saw on an estate a house great and fair. Among the Norse gods, he was known for his bravery, strength, healing powers and righteousness. During his rule there is peace and good harvest and the Swedes come to believe that Njörðr controls these things. Freyr goes as a hostage to the Aesir, along with Njord and Freya. Freyr (Old Norse: Lord), sometimes anglicised as Frey, is a widely attested god associated with sacral kingship, virility and prosperity, with sunshine and fair weather, and pictured as a phallic fertility god in Norse mythology. Grímnismál also mentions that the sons of Ívaldi made Skíðblaðnir for Freyr and that it is the best of ships. Freyr is mentioned in several of the poems in the Poetic Edda. FREYR. Her mother is unknown, but could be Nerthus. Freyja, (Old Norse: “Lady”), most renowned of the Norse goddesses, who was the sister and female counterpart of Freyr and was in charge of love, fertility, battle, and death. According to Snorri Sturluson, Freyr was "the most renowned of the æsir", and was venerated for good harvest and peace. Ynglinga saga 12, Schultz's edition, Frey took the kingdom after Njord, and was called drot by the Swedes, and they paid taxes to him. The god Týr speaks up in Freyr's defense. He delivered abominable offerings to the powers above by instituting the slaughter of human victims. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). He lives in Alfheimr. Adam claimed to have access to first-hand accounts on pagan practices in Sweden. Among other things, he was associated with male virility, sunshine, and fair weather. 14 Lokasenna 29: The word Ás (pl. Guðni Jónsson (ed.) The compound Ingui-Frea (OE) and Yngvi-Freyr (ON) likely refer to the connection between the god and the Germanic kings' role as priests during the sacrifices in the pagan period, as Frea and Freyr are titles meaning 'Lord'. One the most venerated and beloved of the Norse gods, Freyr (along with his twin sister Freya) was unique in his origins, since he belonged to the Vanir tribe of Norse gods, as opposed to the Æsir. Gylfaginning 24, EB's edition, Njördr in Nóatún begot afterward two children: the son was called Freyr, and the daughter Freyja; they were fair of face and mighty. Freyr, also spelled Frey, also called Yngvi, in Norse mythology, the ruler of peace and fertility, rain, and sunshine and the son of the sea god Njörd. A later Danish chronicler lists Ingui was one of three brothers that the Danish tribes descended from. After a period of brooding, he consents to talk to Skírnir, his foot-page. Freyr, of the Vanir tribe, was a Norse god of peace and prosperity. Freyr is her brother. This is supported by Tacitus, who wrote about the Germans: "In their ancient songs, their only way of remembering or recording the past they celebrate an earth-born god Tuisco, and his son Mannus, as the origin of their race, as their founders. He was the brother of the fertility goddess Freya. Gerd, daughter of the giant Gymir, was his wife. It is almost certainly the taboo name of … She was rumored to cry tears of gold. Menu. Freyr reveals the cause of his grief and asks Skírnir to go to Jötunheimr to woo Gerðr for him. A manly individual is resistant to wantonness. The same skald mentions in Arinbjarnarkviða that his friend has been blessed by the two gods. But when Odin attacks the Vanir he bites off more than he can chew and peace is negotiated after the destructive and indecisive Æsir-Vanir War. King Hadingus is cursed after killing a divine being and atones for his crime with a sacrifice. Freyr is also known to have been associated with the horse cult. Although originally one of the Vanir tribe, he was included with the Aesir. Freyr (Old Norse: Lord), sometimes anglicized as Frey, is a widely attested god associated with sacral kingship, virility and prosperity, with sunshine and fair weather, and pictured as a phallic fertility god in Norse mythology. No snow lodged on the south side of Thorgrim's howe, nor did it freeze there. Articles from Britannica Encyclopedias for elementary and high school students. Like his sister, he was so shining and beautiful that many people did love him. Freyr is the son of Njörðr, and brother of Freyja; his mother is not named, but Loki says in Lokasenna, stanza 36, that Njörðr had Freyr by his own sister.This is collaborated in Ynglinga saga, where Snorri says that Njörðr had taken his own sister in marriage, which was allowed by Vanir law, and that their children were Freyr and Freyja.. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. Then began in his days the Frode-peace; and then there were good seasons, in all the land, which the Swedes ascribed to Frey, so that he was more worshipped than the other gods, as the people became much richer in his days by reason of the peace and good seasons. Corrections? The foil pieces have been found largely on the sites of buildings, only rarely in graves. Lokasenna also mentions that Freyr has servants called Byggvir and Beyla. En skatt öllum heltu þeir í hauginn, í einn glugg gullinu, en í annan silfrinu, í hinn þriðja eirpenningum. 750-1050)-language text, Articles with dead external links from October 2017, Articles with permanently dead external links, Articles with unsourced statements from September 2015, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. They seem to have been associated with the making of bread. Freyr was worshipped as a god of fertility, prosperity, and good harvest. In hoc templo, quod totum ex auro paratum est, statuas atrium deorum veneratur populus, ita ut potentissimus eorum Thor in medio solium habeat triclinio; hinc et inde locum possident Wodan et Friccdo. Now when Frey died they bore him secretly into the mound, but told the Swedes he was alive; and they kept watch over him for three years. In book 9, Saxo identifies Frø as the "king of Sweden" (rex Suetiae): Quo tempore rex Suetiae Frø, interfecto Norvagiensium rege Sywardo, coniuges necessariorum eius prostibulo relegatas publice constuprandas exhibuit. The protagonist of Hrafnkels saga is a priest of Freyr. The tapestry is originally from Hälsingland, Sweden but is now housed at the Swedish Museum of National Antiquities. In Gylfaginning 23, Snorri counts Njörd as an áss, and in Gylfaginning 24, says that Freyr is the ágætasti af ásum (most glorious of the Aesir) and Freyja is … Along with her twin brother Freyr, her father Njörðr, and her mother (Njörðr's sister, unnamed in sources), she is a member of the Vanir. Then began the Upsal domains, which have remained ever since. Freya. Her husband, named … Continue reading Freya → Finally, Gunnar had to flee back to Norway with his young bride and had her baptized at the court of Olaf Tryggvason. [15], The Skog Church Tapestry portion possibly depicting Odin, Thor and Freyr, An example of the small gold pieces of foil that may depict Gerðr and Freyr. Freyr is said to "bestow peace and pleasure on mortals." She had a beautiful necklace called Brissingamen, which was made by the Dwarfs od Nidavellir. Freyr. Þau váru fögr álitum ok máttug. Those discrepancies can be explained in several ways. A twin brother of Freya and a son of the sea god Njord , Freyr can be seen as the Vanir equivalent of the Asgardian gods Thor and Baldur . They are both Vanir gods and were given to the Aesir as peace treaties during the war. -[11]. The loss of Freyr's sword has consequences. Gylfaginning 37, EB's edition, Then Skírnir answered thus: he would go on his errand, but Freyr should give him his own sword-which is so good that it fights of itself;- and Freyr did not refuse, but gave him the sword. Íslendingabók, written c. 1125, is the oldest Icelandic source that mentions Freyr, including him in a genealogy of Swedish kings. Gylfaginning XXIV, Brodeur's translation. Peace and good seasons continued. Freyr is not alone in his godly pursuits but has attributes to accompany him – most commonly the boar and the ship Skíðblaðnir (Old Norse for \"assembled from pieces of thin wood\"). A chariot drawn by cats was another of her vehicles. In Húsdrápa, partially preserved in the Prose Edda, he is said to ride a boar to Baldr's funeral. It was the faith of the local people that Frey was alive, as seemed to some extent to be the case, and they thought he would need to have a sexual relationship with his wife; along with Frey she was to have complete control over the temple settlement and all that belonged to it. Freyr is the god of fertility and fruitfulness. The third is Frikko, who bestows peace and pleasure on mortals. He is the noblest of the gods. The reference to the change in sacrificial ritual may also reflect some historical memory. Gesta Danorum 6, Fisher's translation. Updates? Freyr asks Skírnir to bring Gerðr to him, Skírnir demands his sword from him, and Freyr readily gives it. After the war between the two tribes, the Vanir sent the twins to the Æsir gods. Frøblot Sueones vocant. However, lacking his sword, Freyr will be killed by the fire jötunn Surtr during the events of Ragnarök. The Norsemen made sacrifices to Freyr til árs ok fridar (for frutifulness and peace). She was associated with much of the same qualities as Frigg: love, fertility and beauty. Worship of Freyr is alluded to in several Icelanders' sagas. Freyr immediately falls in love with her and becomes depressed and taciturn. This would add a further layer of tragedy to the myth. Gesta Danorum 6, Olrik's edition, After Bemoni's death Starkather, because of his valour, was summoned by the Biarmian champions and there performed many feats worthy of the tellings. Other Icelandic sources referring to Freyr include Íslendingabók, Landnámabók, and Hervarar saga. 450-1100)-language text, Articles containing Old High German (ca. Gesta Danorum 1, Fisher's translation. According to Adam of Bremen, Freyr was associated with peace and pleasure, and was represented with a phallic statue in the Temple at Uppsala. In the Norse religion, Freyr was the son of the Vanir Njord and the twin brother of Freya. Encyclopaedia Britannica's editors oversee subject areas in which they have extensive knowledge, whether from years of experience gained by working on that content or via study for an advanced degree.... Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. And men guessed it was because Thorgrim had been so dear to Frey for his worship's sake that the god would not suffer the frost to come between them. Grímnismál, a poem which largely consists of miscellaneous information about the gods, mentions Freyr's abode. Freyr, sometimes referred to as Yngvi-Freyr, was especially associated with Sweden and seen as an ancestor of the Swedish royal house. Njörðr and Skaði ask Skírnir to go and talk with him. In Gísla saga a chieftain named Þorgrímr Freysgoði is an ardent worshipper of Freyr. Freyr (Old Norse: Lord), sometimes anglicized as Frey, is a widely attested god in Norse mythology, associated with sacral kingship, virility, peace and prosperity, with sunshine and fair weather, and with good harvest. The sacrifice of dark-coloured victims to Freyr has a parallel in Ancient Greek religion where the chthonic fertility deities preferred dark-coloured victims to white ones. Another reference to Frø and sacrifices is found earlier in the work, where the beginning of an annual blót to him is related. Her father is Njord. He criticizes the Vanir for incest, saying that Njörðr had Freyr with his sister. In the poem Lokasenna, Loki accuses the gods of various misdeeds. The woman is Gerðr, a beautiful giantess. Although deprived of this weapon, Freyr defeats the jötunn Beli with an antler. Freyr, sometimes referred to as Yngvi-Freyr, was especially associated with Sweden and seen as an ancestor of the Swedish royal house. Written c. 1080, one of the oldest written sources on pre-Christian Scandinavian religious practices is Adam of Bremen's Gesta Hammaburgensis ecclesiae pontificum. Hann ræðr ok fésælu manna. Freyr rules over the rain and sun, and therefore the fruit of the earth, making him the governor of the prosperity of men. Hervarar saga mentions a Yuletide sacrifice of a boar to Freyr. Omissions? The only extended myth related about Freyr in the Prose Edda is the story of his marriage. Freyr is a very important god in Old Norse religion; not so much in Norse mythology as one might suppose, for there he actually appears in only one story, but very much in the cult. The boar was sacred to both. He repeated this mode of propitiation at an annual festival and left it to be imitated by his descendants. As with most Norse gods and goddesses, little was known of Freya’s childhood and early development.In the Ynglinga saga, a book of the Heimskringla by Snorri Sturluson, Freya was presented as a leading deity of the Vanir and a player in the Aesir-Vanir War. Þá er Njörðr var með Vönum, þá hafði hann átta systur sína, því at þat váru þar lög; váru þeirra börn Freyr ok Freyja. In the Ic… When Gunnar had promised this, a demon jumped out of the god effigy and so Freyr was nothing but a piece of wood. But the result at RagnarÇ«k, the end of the world, will be much more serious. Alter Wodan, id est furor, bella gerit, hominique ministrat virtutem contra inimicos. Mortuo autem Bemono, Starcatherus ab athletis Biarmensibus ob virtutem accitus, cum plurima apud eos memoratu digna edidisset facinora, Sueonum fines ingreditur. Freyr (Old Norse: Lord), sometimes anglicized as Frey, is a widely attested god in Norse mythology, associated with sacral kingship, virility, peace and prosperity, with sunshine and fair weather, and with good harvest. Freyr and Freyja are twins of the Vanir clan of Norse Gods. Freyr is one of the main Vanir gods in Norse mythology but he was also accepted as an honorary Æsir (Asgardian) god in Asgard after the Æsir-Vanir War. Freyr Freyr is a Norse god of weather and fertility; brother of Freya. Frey was called by another name, Yngve; and this name Yngve was considered long after in his race as a name of honour, so that his descendants have since been called Ynglinger. But the result at Ragnarök, the end of the world, will be much more serious. Norse mythology Prose Edda. In 1904, a Viking Age statuette identified as a depiction of Freyr was discovered on the farm Rällinge in Lunda, Södermanland parish in the province of Södermanland, Sweden. Frigg Frigg is a Norse goddess of love and fertility. Mythology Aesir-Vanir War. Tertius est Fricco, pacem voluptatem que largiens mortalibus'. He tells Skírnir that he has fallen in love with a beautiful woman and thinks he will die if he cannot have her. At this point the saga, like Lokasenna, mentions that incest was practised among the Vanir. But among the Asaland people it was forbidden to intermarry with such near relations. Usually depicted as a brawny man with his flowing hair, Freyr, the son of sea-god Njord (and frost giantess, Skadi or Njord’s unnamed sister), was hailed as the foremost of deities when it came to the aspect of fertility – covering both sexual and ecological scopes. 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