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Norse Gods

Explore the Norse pantheon and rediscover the classic Germanic gods including Odin, Thor and Loki, Freya, Baldur, Heimdall and more.

Major Deities

  • Odin

    As chieftain of the Aesir gods, Odin united the Norse pantheon through the Aesir-Vanir War and ruled over their combined might in Asgard. While Odin was known as a great warrior, his chief weapon was actually his mind. A trickster at heart, Odin achieved his ends through cunning, craft, and the power of suggestion. Odin was also wise. Through his magic, and by dint of his unceasing quest for knowledge, Odin gained understanding of both the occult world and events yet to come.

  • Thor

    The son of Odin, Thor was the Norse god of thunder, lightning, and war. He was a figure of prodigious strength who bested giants, trolls, and dwarves with a war hammer called Mjölnir, the “grinder.” While Thor was quick to anger and always ready for a fight, he also enjoyed more pleasurable activities such as drinking and making love to women.

  • Loki

    Full of wit and wile, Loki was the devious trickster god of the Norse pantheon. A figure of great mischief, Loki used his shapeshifting abilities to deceive gods and mortals alike. According to the prophecies of Ragnarök, Loki was fated to take up arms against the gods and precipitate the end of the world.

  • Freya

    Freya was a prominent Norse goddess, a member of the Vanir tribe, and a practitioner of seidr magic. She held domain over love, lust, and fertility. A powerful and at times contradictory figure, Freya was the subject around which several major Norse myths revolved.

  • Heimdall

    Heimdall the watcher was a Norse deity of the Aesir tribe, a god of keen eyesight and hearing who stood ready to sound the Gjallarhorn at the beginning of Ragnarök. He was known as a protector of the gods and a guardian of the passages to and from the Nine Worlds.

  • Baldur

    “Shining” Baldur of the Aesir tribe was the loveliest and most beloved of all gods in the Norse pantheon. As the wisest of all the gods, he served as arbiter of disputes, settling feuds among both gods and men. His death, predicted as an early event in Ragnarok, led to the imprisonment of Loki.

  • Freyr

    Freyr, of the Vanir tribe, was the Norse god of masculine virility and reproduction. Known as a bringer of peace and prosperity, he was the twin brother of Freya, the goddess of wisdom and magic. Often associated with sunshine and fair weather, Freyr was famed for his fabulous accoutrements, including a glow in the dark boar, a ship that folded up and could be carried in a pocket, and a sword that fought on its own.

  • Frigg

    As the wife of Odin, Frigg served as the queen of the Norse deities. A member of the Aesir tribe, Frigg was associated with marriage, love, wisdom, and prophecy. She was also the mother of shining Baldur, whose death bereaved the gods and set in motion the chain of events known as Ragnarök.

  • Tyr

    Tyr was a Norse god, one of the Aesir deities, who represented war, bravery, and justice. He was best known for losing an arm to the monstrous wolf Fenrir, sacrificing it so the other gods could chain the beast. Though Tyr was once a prominent god among the Germanic people, his importance eventually waned, and by the time of the Vikings he was little more than a minor deity.

  • Njord

    The Norse god of the seas and the winds, Njord was the patriarch of the Vanir tribe and the patron of sailors and fishermen. He was best known for fathering the twin deities Freyr and Freya, as well as for his unhappy marriage to the giant Skadi.

  • Idun

    The Norse goddess of youthfulness and fertility, Idun carried magical apples that preserved youth and prevented aging. By distributing these apples to the gods, Idun kept them young and active. In one of the most famous Norse myths, Idun was abducted by a giant seeking to claim her apples.

  • Nerthus

    Nerthus was a Germanic goddess of peace and prosperity about whom little is known. According to the Roman historian Tacitus, the Germanic tribes performed a cart ceremony to honor Nerthus. Wheeled from village to village, Nerthus’s cart caused observers to lay aside arms and celebrate peace.