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Norse Mythology

Norse Goddesses in Norse Mythology

The vast majority of stories about the gods in Norse mythology focus on the likes of king Odin, invincible Thor and trickster Loki. There are also stories about Balder, Freyr and Heimdall. But just like the world of men, the realm of the gods was populated by both men and women.

While the Norse goddesses might be minor players in the Norse sagas, it is clear that they were an integral part of Norse mythology. Let’s meet some of the amazing Norse goddesses that the Vikings revered.

Freya

Freya (‘lady’) was the Norse goddess of love, fertility, sorcery, gold, war and death. She was not an Aesir god, but one of the secondary Vanir gods. The two races fought in the past and Freya was sent to live in Asgard the word of Aesir gods as a hostage.


Goddess of love, she used her beauty to get her desires. For example, she spent a night with each of the four dwarvesthat made the beautiful necklace Brisingamen in order to possess it. Goddess of War, like Odin, she collected fallen warriors from the battlefield to live in her hall, Folkvangr.

According to Norse mythology, she got first choice. Goddess of sorcery, she practiced a form of magic called Seidr, which involved discerning and influencing fate.

Frigg

Frigg (‘beloved one’) was the consort of Odin and the goddess of love, marriage and motherhood. She was also a prophetess, but never revealed the secrets she saw. She must have been very understanding, as Odin had many extra marital affairs, and many children by other beings, including Thor.


Frigg and Odin did have at least two children together, Balder and Hodr. In one story from Norse mythology, to protect her son Balder, Frigg went to every living thing that existed and asked them to agree never to harm her son. This made Balder invincible, which amused the other gods who entertained themselves by throwing weapons at him.

Unfortunately, Frigg forgot the humble mistletoe plant, a secret that Loki discovered. The mischief maker made a mistletoe dart and tricked Balder’s blind brother Hodr into throwing it at Balder, killing him. Hodr was executed for his part in Balder’s death, and Frigg lost both of her sons.

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