mytologi

Norse Gods (And Other Deities) List

Having seen various incorrect, incomplete and inaccurate lists of Norse gods circulating Tumblr, I have decided to write my own and also include common terminology alongside. I will also include other beings who exist within the old lore and modern traditions.

I have opted to include the names in Norwegian, with translations in parenthesise after, along with a brief summary of some of the associations given to some of those gods. Be aware that, as an overview, brevity is necessary here and the individuals should not be oversimplified to basic aspects in your practice!

Æser (Æsir, Male Gods)

  • Balder (Baldr, Baldur) - Light, purity, rebirth
  • Brage (Bragi) - Poetry, eloquence, wisdom and music
  • Delling (Dellingr) - The new day, dawn
  • Forsete (Forseti) - Justice and reconciliation
  • Frøy (Freyr) - Vaner, virility, fertility, the sacred religious position of royalty, prosperity, good weather and sunshine
  • Heimdall (Heimdallr) - The senses, premonition or foreknowledge
  • Hermod (Hermóðr) - Bravery, spirit, possibly a former mortal hero/king elevated to the Æsir
  • Hjuke (Hjúki) - Man, lunar activity, lunar phases, moon craters, brother of Bil (the Scandinavian children in the moon)
  • Hod (Höðr, Hodr) - The blind god, darkness, rebirth, second chances
  • Høne (Hænir, Hœnir) - Survival, sense/spirit, beauty,
  • Lodur (Lóðurr) - Blood, warmth, life, 
  • Loke (Loki) - Change, creativity, ambiguity, impulsiveness
  • Lyter (Lýtir) - Premonition, foresight, prediction, prophecy
  • Magne (Magni) - Strength, development, son of Tor
  • Meile - Son of Odin, brother of Tor
  • Mime (Mímir) - Wisdom, knowledge, memory, advice
  • Måne (Máni) - The moon, the night sky
  • Njord (Njörðr) - Vaner, the sea, harbours, ports, seafaring, wind, fishing, wealth/prosperity, and crop fertility
  • Od (Óðr) - Madness, fury, eagerness, excitement
  • Odin (Óðinn) - Father, war, battle, victory, death, wisdom, runes, magic, poetry, charms
  • Tor (Þórr, Thor) - Thunder, lightning, storms, rain, strength, protection, hallowing, healing, fertility
  • Ty (Týr, Tyr) - Law, sacrifice, heroism, glory, war
  • Ull (Ullr) - Skiing, archery, hunting, weapons, shields, personal combat, oaths
  • Vidar (Víðarr) - Vengeance, atonement, preparation, survival, silence
  • Vilje (Vili) - Will, willpower, moderation, the middle, wit, intelligence, touch, sense, motion
  • Ve (Vé) - Countenance, appearance, facial expression, speech, hearing, sight
  • Våle (Váli) - Revenge, bravery, daring, marksmanship, survival, rebirth

Åsynjer (Ásynjur, Female Gods)

  • Bil - Woman, lunar activity, phases of the moon, sister of Hjuke (the Scandinavian children in the moon)
  • Eir - Help, healing, protection, mercy, grace, calm
  • Fjorgyn/Jord (Fjörgyn/Jörð) - Earth, the world, nature, greenery
  • Frigg - Mother, love, fate, prophecy, marriage, birth, midwifery
  • Frøya (Freyja) - Vaner, fertility, love, passion, sex, sexuality, beauty, fertility, gold, magic, war, death
  • Fulla - domesticity, cleaning, housekeeping, listening, confidant, secrecy
  • Gersemi - Precious, beauty, blonde hair
  • Gjevjon (Gefjun) - Virginity, plowing, female independence 
  • Gnå (Gná) - Messenger, errands, crossing planes of existence, travel through land, air and water
  • Hnoss - Treasure, beauty, brunette hair
  • Idunn (Iðunn) - Youth, vigour, apples, love
  • Ilm - Fragrance, aroma, smells
  • Irpa - Guardian goddess, Hålogaland
  • Lin (Hlín) - Weddings, domestic sphere, flax, onion, fabrics
  • Lovn (Lofn) - Benevolence, kindness, gentleness, consolation
  • Nanna - Loyalty, empathy
  • Njorun - Soil, the land
  • Rind (Rindr) - Princess/goddess/giantess, mother of Våle from the East
  • Rån (Rán) - Sea, protection from drowning, fishing
  • Sigyn - Loyalty, burden, sadness
  • Siv (Sif) - Fields, wheat, fertility, family, wedlock
  • Sjavn (Sjöfn) - Love, sex, desire
  • Snotra - Wisdom, intelligence, cleverness, appropriate conduct
  • Sol (Sól) - The sun, warmth, daylight
  • Syn - Refusal, denial, speaking out, legal defence
  • Såga (Sága) - Seeress, all-seeing, companionship, drinking partner
  • Torgerd Hølgebrud (Þorgerðr Holgabrúðr) - Guardian goddess, Hålogaland, heathen shrines
  • Var (Vör) - Honesty, awareness, caution, carefulness
  • Vår (Vár) - Oaths (and punishing oath breakers), pledges, agreements, betrothal

Jotner (Jötnar, Elemental Giants)

  • Aurvandil - Star, planet, Orion & Big Dipper constellations
  • Bauge (Baugi) - Farmer, money, wages
  • Dag (Dagr) - Day, light, rides Skinfakse
  • Fornjot (Fornjótr) - Ancient giant, ancestor, original, owner
  • Frosti (Jökull) - Cold, winter, frost, ice, icicles, glaciers
  • Fårbaute (Fárbauti) - Hitting, striking, cruelty, danger, violence
  • Geirrød (Geirröd) - Entrapment, cruelty, aggression, violence
  • Gyme - Hills, Mounds
  • Helblinde (Helblindi) - “Hel Blinder”, “All Blind”
  • Hyme (Hymir) - Brewing, cauldron, thick skull
  • Kåre (Kári) - Wind, scathe, howl, sails
  • Loke (Loki) - Change, creativity, ambiguity, impulsiveness
  • Loge (Logi) - Fire, wildfire, 
  • Mime (Mímir) - Knowledge, wisdom, memory, counsel, Mimes Brønn (Mímisbrunnr)
  • Mokkurkalve - Clay, life, innocence, childishness
  • Norve (Narfi) - Narrow, oppressive, closed in, difficult birth
  • Rungne (Hrungnir) - Strength, brawling, fighting, whetstone
  • Snø (Snær) - Snow
  • Surt (Surtr) - Fire, heat, burning, blackness
  • Suttung (Suttungr) - Mead of poetry, orphaned, eagle
  • Tjaste (Þjazi, Thiazi) - Abduction of Idunn
  • Torre (Þorri, Thorri) - Black ice, frost, cold, winter
  • Trym (Þrymr, Thrymr) - Uproar, King of Jotner, 
  • Vale (Vali) - Unlucky, wolf, murdered his brother Norve
  • Vavtrudne (Vafþrúðnir) - Riddles, weaver of tales
  • Utgards-Loke (Útgarða-Loki) - The outer places, magic, illusion, beyond society, an alternate plane
  • Yme (Ymir) - The big bang, primordial, birth, the ancestor of all, elemental
  • Æge (Ægir) - Sea, ocean, sea creatures, protector of sailors

Gygrer (Gýgr, Elemental Giantess)

  • Angerboda (Angrboða) - Grief bringer, sorrow, Iron Wood
  • Aurboda ( Aurboða) - Gravel, mountains
  • Bestla - Mother to Odin, Vilje and Ve.
  • Driva (Drífa) - Snowfall
  • Fonn - Snowdrift
  • Gerd (Gerðr) - Beauty, light, fertility, earth
  • Grid (Gríðr) - Greed, vehemence, violence, impetuosity
  • Hel - Death, Helheim (the underworld), Náströnd (“Corpse Shore”)
  • Hyrrokkin - Fire smoked, smoke, strength, wolves, serpents
  • Jernsaksa (Járnsaxa) - Iron knife, mother to Magne
  • Lauvøy (Laufey) - Needle, slender, weak
  • Menglød (Menglöð) - Lives in a castle guarded by Fjölsviðr
  • Mjoll (Mjöll) - Powdered snow
  • Natt (Nótt) - Night, darkness, nightfall, counting time, rides Rimfakse
  • Skade (Skaði) - Damage, archery, hunting, skiing, winter, mountains

Vetter (Vættir, Beings) & Other

  • Alver (Elves) - Light/Dark/Black, personification of nature
  • Andvare (Andvari) - Dwarf, “careful one”, waterfall, fish, wealth, magic ring called Andvaranaut
  • Ask og Embla - The first humans, ancestors of humanity
  • Diser (Dísir) - Female protective deities/spirits, fate
  • Dverger (Dvergar) - Dwarfs, metallurgy, wisdom, smithing, mining, crafting
  • Einherjer (Einherjar) - Honoured dead, fallen in battle, sent to Folkvang or Valhalla
  • Fenrisulven (Fenrisúlfr) - Death, destruction, rage, the end of times, fen-dweller
  • Fjolne (Fjölnir) - Swedish king, Vaner, son of Frøy and Gerd
  • Gullveig/Heid (Heiðr) - Volva, seid, enigmatic, “Lust For Gold” or “Golden Drink”
  • Kvase (Kvasir) - Wisdom, knowledge, skaldship, poetry, mead, blood, juice
  • Midgardsormen (Jörmungandr, Midgard Serpent) - Sea serpent, poison, self-reflexivity, cyclicality
  • Norner (Norns) - Weavers of fate, Wyrd, destiny, birth, death
  • Sigurd Fåvnesbane - Stag, hero, wisdom, prophecy, speak to birds
  • Starkad (Starkaðr) - Jotun, hero, great warrior, many arms cut off by Tor
  • Troll - Isolated natural landmarks, strength, slow, dim witted, 
  • Valkyrjer (Valkyries) - Choosers of the slain, Odin’s maids, spirits, ferocity, death, ravens, wolves
  • Vanlande (Vanlandi) - Hero, Swedish king, Vaner, “Man from the land of the Vaner”, 
  • Vedfinn (Viðfinnr) - Father of Hjuke and Bil
  • Vetter (Vættir) - landvette, skogsvette, husvette, vannvette, sjøvette, havvette, hulder, nøkken, draugen, nisse, troll, huldrefolk, deildegasten, dradokke, trollkatt, basilisk, krake, utburd, lyktemenn, varulv, marmæl, lindorm
  • Volund (Völundr) - Blacksmith, magical powers, sword maker, hero, alvedrotten (Chieftan of elves)

This is one of my favorite goddesses of Norse mythology. she is called Nerthus / Njärd or Nalavi as she was known in my home province Närke. She was known as a part of the Vanir and was goddes over the summer, the earth and the oceans warm winds. She is said to be all Vanirs first mother when she along with the sea god Njord gave birth to Frey and Freya, which gave rise to the birth of spring.

Nerthus have just ben described two time in the norse mythology we know as today.
The first time was in Germany when she was pulled on a carriage of three red oxen (who was also her sons) she was covered with a white cloth seens she was too sacred to be seen during the holydays.

The second time was in southern Sweden and Denmark when she create Denmark’s islands and the lakes of Sweden when she with her red oxen plowed away large pieces of land from Sweden which she then threw into the sea after making a bet with the King of Sweden.
she is described to have have dark skin like the brown earth and her hair straight and black like the dark deep seas laying along her back down to the earth like a tree’s roots.

If you want to know more about her you can read about her in Brigitta Onsell’s book “Jordens Moder i Norden” (I’m sorry but I do not know of any good books about Nalavi in English.) you can also just seend me a message with the question and i will do my best to answer it.

The binding of Fenrir the Wolf

Fenrir is the child of Loki. Fenrir is also a gigantic wolf. Now I will tell the tale of the tragic faith of Fenrir, which also tells the tale of how Tyr became Tyr the one-handed. 

Fenrir were the cutest little wolf cub. and all the gods dotted on him constantly. But the older he got, the more dangerous he became. you see Fenrir were no dog, despite cuteness, he was very much a wolf. As such his spirit were of the wild animal and he knew not his own strenght.

The older Fenrir got the more dangerous he became for the gods of asgård. While the young Fenrir were not full of ill-will his wild spirit became more and more difficult to handle for the gods of the village. In the end the only one who could interact with Fenrir safely were the god Tyr.

Tyr remained a friend of Fenrir despite the scorn of the majority of the gods of asgård.Tyr also tried to be the mentor of the young Fenrir to be milder towards the other gods of asgård.

But the day came, when the gods of asgård, decided that Fenrir needed to get bound and controlled. They could not get Fenrir to agree with that though. So they tricked him by pretending that their chaining of him, were a fun game of testing Fenrirs strenght against the chains the gods bound him with. And Fenrir happily broke all the chains the gods tried to bind him with.

At last, in desperation the gods bought a thin golden enchanted chain. But Fenrir suspected that the final enchanted chain they brought forward were an trick.

Therefore Fenrir said: “that chain looks like it could never hold me! this must be a trick!”

And the gods looked at eachother, cause they were uneasy with tricking Fenrir, who after all, were the very same wolf cub they had all loved once upon a time. But in the end Tyr stepped forward and with a heavy heart and told Fenrir comforting lies. Tyr said:

“I will put the hand I use to swing my sword into your mouth to prove it is not a trick. if it is a trick your are free to bite off my hand. You know me Fenrir dear friend. I would never willingly sacrifice my dominant hand.”

and Fenrir were like: “sounds fake but ok.”

The gods bound Fenrir with the enchanted chain. Fenrir tried break it, but he could not. In rage and despair of having been betrayed by his friend Tyr, Fenrir bit off the hand of Tyr.

Tyr, between crying about just having lost a limb, said: “ok i deserved that but also ouch that hurt.”

Fenrir meanwhile: “i am in rage! I am bound by this chain to Ragnrök! I am going to kill you all when Ragnarök comes! anger! this is literally the worst! all i did was being a wolf, and not a tame pet! what did you expect, that i were a mere puppy? I am the child of Loki! I am no pet!”

here I believe the rest of the gods just slowly backed away from this very dramatic scene, while feeling somewhat bad about themselves.

and that is the story of Fenrir, the gigantic wolf, who are eternally bound by the gods. but when Ragnarök comes, he will commit revenge for this betrayal of the gods of asgård.

ANCIENT GREECE in swedish

antik - antique

Grekland - Greece

antikens Grekland - ancient Greece (ancient literally translates to “uråldrig” but we refer to it at “the antique Greece”)

(en) gud - god

(en) gudinna - goddess

filosofi - philosophy

konst - art

kultur - culture

arkitektur - architecture

vetenskap - science

poesi - poetry

prosa - prose

diktkonst - poetry

teater - theatre

vin - wine

mytologi - mythology

det gyllene snittet - the golden ratio

akademin - the academy

Platons akademi - Plato’s academy

Om Diktkonsten - La Poetica (work by Aristotle)

Iliaden - the Iliad 

Oddyséen - the Oddyssey

hellenismen - hellenism

Homeros - Homer

Aristoteles - Aristotle

Sokrates - Socrate

Platon - Plato

Sapfo - Sappho

who to bang in norse mythology

if there ever was a mythology, where finding a sexual partner among the gods as a human is difficult, it is norse mythology. but well let us not be stopped by that detail, and do an attempt!

Odin

according to one of his many names, he is the allfather. it implies he has done lots of banging, and sired many children. sadly, he hardly ever shows this more sexy side in the myths.

he is mostly busy trying to build up a mysterious king of gods image, by sitting alone somewhere, beeing allseeing and talking to birds. what i am saying is, you can’t fuck Odin, cause he will not even notice you are there. He is busy discussing the mysterious of the universe with his ravens. do not try to bang 2/10

Thor

do visit Midgård more often than other gods. i am sure you could bang him, but it would be pretty boring affair. then you will breakfast with him while he is not being able to express his feelings, while Loki is jealousy teasing him across the table. Then you will need to hold a discussing with Thor how it is ok to have romantic feelings for Loki or something. no. avoid. 0/10

Loki

you should not do it, cause it is a 100% going to lead to a new gigantic monster being born. but you are going to do it anyway, cause come on it is Loki. Do it, and enjoy it while it last, cause in about 9 months you got a gigantic serpant baby to raise! 1000/10

Gerd

so hot that Frey apperntly fell in love with her on sight. I personally, have at least been interested in this super hot giantess from when i were but a baby lesbian. would date, talk to, bang. whatever! I am ready for Gerd 10/10

Freya

it is not going happen, and you know it. it is Freya, who is a fertility godess, but also appears to be the godess of turning down marriage and/or sex proposals. hang out with her instead, i am sure she is very nice to chatt to! 0/10 in a sex aspect 10/10 as friend.

Njord

remember his marriage with Skade? yeah, do not interact with Njord in a romantic context. he is whiny baby. -100/10

Skade

Skade, she is like the most awesome butch giantess ever? Like her father gets killed by the asagods, and Skade just grabs her bow and skiis straight to the gate of asgård to challenge them to fight. what I am saying is: I have had a low key crush on Skade ever sense I were but a baby gay. I am dating Skade if it was possible, damn the possibe negative fallout! (Skade is, as mentioned, married to Njord. but whatever). points: breaks the points scale. 100000000000/10

conclusion

Skade and I will run away from the dull asgård, and gay marry eachother in a forest. Njord is not invited.

FAIRY TALES in swedish

requested by @lalinguabella, here’s a link to magic in swedish

(en) saga - fairy tale

(en) berättelse - story

(en) myt - myth

mytologi - mythology

bröderna Grimm - the Grimm brothers

(en) häxa - witch

det var en gång - once upon a time

fantastisk - fantastic

(ett) troll - troll

(en) alv - elf

magi - magic

moral - moral

folksaga - folktale

(en) kung - king

(en) drottning - queen

(en) prinsessa - princess

(en) prins - prince

(en) drake - dragon

(ett) svärd - sword

(en) viking - viking

(en) riddare - knight

book recommendations: Bland tomtar och troll - Erik Åkerlund, Eddan