Created Friday 10 June 2016
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Overview of Aesir and Vanir
More information for the Important Gods and Godesses
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Odin, known as the Master of Ecstasy - or, the Furious, depending on who you ask. Normally depicted in modern media as an upright, honorable God, this couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Odin was Chief of the Aesir, and the most powerful. The Aesir are the main pantheon of the Norse Gods, the other being the Vanir. The differences between them are highly disputed, but generally most sources agree that Aesir are associated more with the primal aspects of man, whilst the Vanir are more associated with the peaceful and the natural.
And this shows starkly in Odin - He is associated with many things. He is a War-God, as you can see, but he is also a Poetry-God. He is officially the divine patron of kings and rulers, but he is also sometimes the patron of outcasts.
Odin is shown in many of the texts to be devious and cunning - He has an insatiable thirst for knowledge, and sacrificed one of his eyes for wisdom. He practices magic, even feminine magic like Seidr, magic that can weave reality to his whims. This causes conflict within the pantheon, as many perceive him to be womanly because of it.
But despite that, he is also a God of War; However, he does not concern himself with the reason behind a conflict, or even the outcome. He places more value on the extreme, heightened battle frenzy that warriors feel, especially when they become “berserk”.
Finally, he is the God of Death, picking half of the potential candidates for eternal glory in Valhalla. His mastery over the dark art of necromancy is fitting, keeping in line with his thirst for power and knowledge.
A wise but cunning old man, who speaks only in poems and who does not care much for honor and morals - His son could not be more different.
Thor is the son of Odin.
Out of the Aesir, he is the 2nd most powerful, the most powerful one being his father.
He is the polar opposite of Odin - Honorable, and a protector of the people.
He is extremely strong, and is never without his two tools - an unnamed belt that doubles his already incredible strength, and his hammer, Mjollnr, which he uses to slay giants and other threats to mankind.
He is sworn enemies with Jormungand, the enormous sea serpent who encircles Midgard, but he mostly protects the lands against Jotunn, giants who threaten the realm. Ironically, he is ¾ giant. His father, Odin, is half giant, and his mother is fully giant.
Moreover, he is the God of Hallowing - to him, destruction and hallowing are the same thing, as he uses his hammer to banish and destroy hostile forces or elements.
Presiding over the air, he ensures that crops are plentiful and the weather is fair.
However, as he is the protector of the people, the warriors and the simple folk, his relationship with Odin is uneasy.
...But no relationships are as tumultuous as the relationships Gods have with Loki.
Loki is not associated formally with anything in the Prose Edda, other than that of trickery, but many historians believe that he was the God of Fire. Fitting, as fire can warm you one second, and burn down your house the next.
Extremely fickle and scheming, Loki aids the giants or the Gods, depending on whoever he favours at the time.
Loki is hated and isolated by the Gods, and not without good reason. He was the one who killed Baldur, one of the most beloved of the Gods.
His offspring are in keeping with his chaotic nature as well: He is the father to Fenrir, a wolf, and Jormungand, a gigantic sea serpent, but is also the mother to Sleipnir, an eight-legged horse.
Loki, as disgusting as he was, was in stark contrast to...
… the last of the Gods that I will cover, Freya.
Associated with Love, Fertility, Beauty and Fine Material Possessions, Freya was one of the most feminine of the Gods.
Her ability to utilize Seidr, the feminine magic that can weave reality to her liking, allows her to control a multitude of things, and thus makes her extremely powerful. She is the foremost practitioner of Seidr - In fact, she brought the practice to the Gods.
Presiding over Folkvang, the field of the people, she is a Goddess of Death as well.
Interestingly, she is extremely promiscuous, but not derided because of that; she is well-loved by most of the Gods, as well as the people. And with that, I will hand it over to Hilal to talk about the heroes and their adventures.