· Hildr

· Hladgunnr

· Hildeberg

· Hildegund

· Kreimhildr

· Urdhr

· Verdhandi

Vanadis - Another title for Freya. See Dis, Vanir.

Vanaheim, Vanaheimr - Vanaheim ("home of the Vanir") is the land of the Vanir. It is located in Asgard, on the highest level of the universe.

The realm of the Vanir gods. The Vanir were another race of gods, as opposed to the Aesir. Not very much is known about the Vanir except that they are gods dealing with fertility, luck and agriculture. The Vanir are more peace-loving than the Aesir. The Vanir race of gods practice incest among themselves which the Aesir frowns upon on.

Vanir, Sg. Van. ON - The race of Gods corresponding to the fertility, prosperity, eroticism functions. The Old Norse Gods and Goddesses of the family which centered around Njord, Freyr and Freya. They tend on the whole to be more gentle and concerned with matters of nature and fertility than the Æsir. After a long war with the Æsir, they all exchanged hostages and lived in peace. The Vanir who came to the Æsir camp became assimilated into the Æsir, while retaining their special characteristics. The Gods identified as Vanir are:

· Holde

· Nerthus

· Njord

· Freya

· Freyr

· Od

· Hnoss

· Aegir

· Ran

· Ullr

· Ulla

· Gerdh

· Skirnir

· Heimdallr

· Idunna

· Bragi

· Bragi

· Siofyn

· Gefjon

· Skadhi

· Erde

· the Undines

· Svol

· Ostara

· Gullveig

The Vanir are direct descendants of Holde by way of the mother, or are males that have married (female) Vans. Vanic (not Vanir) are:

· Mundilfari

· Mundilfara

· Mani

· Sol

· Freyr's servants:

· Byggvir

· Beyla

· Freya's Valkyries

The Gods identified as Æsir under the leadership of Odin (Fjolnir), are:

· Fjorgyn

· Loki

· Thorr

· Meili

· Frigga

· Tyr

· Hermodr

· Baldr

· Hodr

· Sif

· Thrudh

· Nanna

· Forseti

· Sigyn

· Magni

· Modi

· Vali

· Vidar

 

The Æsir are direct descendants of Odin by way of the father, or are females who have married (male) Æsir. Aesic (not Æsir) Gods are:

· Frigga's servants:

· Vor

· Hlin

· Snotra

· Vara

· Saga

· Gna

· Syn

· Eir

· Fulla

· Sjofn

· Lofn

· Thórr's servants:

· Thjálfi

· Roskva

· Odin's Valkyries

The following are not identified as either Vanir or Æsir:

· Hoenir

· Kvasir

· Jorun

· Helja

The name "Vanir" might be derived from the old-Norse word vinr which means "friend".

Vanir war - The Aesir and the Vanir had been at war for a long time when they decided to make peace. To ensure this peace they traded hostages: the Vanir sent their most renowned gods, the wealthy Njord and his children Freya and Freyr. In exchange the Aesir sent Honir, a big, handsome man who they claimed was suited to rule. He was accompanied by Mimir, the wisest man of the Aesir and in return the Vanir sent their wisest man Kvasir.

Honir however, was not as smart as the Aesir claimed he was and it was Mimir who gave him advice. The Vanir grew suspicious of the answers Honir gave when Mimir was not around. Eventually they figured out that they had been cheated and they cut Mimir's head off and sent it back to the Aesir. Fortunately, this betrayal did not lead to another war and all the gods of the Vanir were subsequently integrated with the Aesir. There is not much known about the Vanir of the time before the assimilation.

Vara, Vár - In Norse mythology, Vara is the goddess of contracts and marriage agreements and awareness, one of the principal goddesses. Vara personifies an idealized concept of truth and honesty. She listens to the vows and compacts made by men and woman with each other (those agreements were called varar). Newly married couples say her name when they take each other's hands. Var and Vor were handmaidens of Frigga with Eir, and are invoked to witness oaths and to punish oathbreakers. She takes vengeance on those who break their vows.

Vargr - ON: outlaw, wolf.

Vavtrudne - A very wise Jotun whom Odin once managed to trick. The poem Vavtrudnemål tells of this feat.

Ve - Ve is one of ancient Scandinavian gods and, together with Odin and Vili, the son of the primordial pair of giants Bor and Bestla. The three brothers created heaven and earth from the slain body of the primeval being Ymir and built the twelve realms. They also created Ask and Embla, the first pair of humans.

Vedfolnir - ("Blown Down") The hawk that lives between the eyes of the eagle Hraesvelg in the top of Yggdrasil. He is the highest placed creature in the world.

Veraldargod - An aspect of Freyr.

Veratyr - ("God of Men") A by-name of Odin.

Verdhandi, Verdandi - ("The Present") One of the Great Norns. The Fate Verdhandi spins the humans' life-threads with her hands. Her threads are about the present. She lives with the other Fates at the Urdawell. Verdhandi is the present participle of the verb verda, and so means "that which is becoming", i.e. "the present".

Vestri - ("West") The Dwarf Vestri was put in the sky's west corner by Odin, Vili and Ve. The sky is made out of the Giant Ymir's head.

Vidar - Twin of Váli, Vidar is the son of Odin and the giantess Grid (Gridr). He is the god of silence and revenge, the second strongest of the gods in place after Thor. The most intriguing part about Vidar is his quietness. At the destruction of the world, Odin will be killed by the wolf Fenrir, and Vidar will avenge his father by killing the wolf with his bare hands. He will press one foot on Fenrir's bottom jaw, and will take hold of his other jaw and tear the wolf apart. He is one of the gods that will rule the new world when it is created. His hall in Asgard is Vidi.

Vidi - ("Wooden") Home of Vidar.

Vidblain - ("Wide Blue") The third heaven above and to the south of Asgard and above the second heaven, Andlang.

Vidofnir - ("Willowtwister") A mysterious cock mentioned only in the love tale of Svipdag and Menglad. Svipdag arrives at Menglad's castle. A giant guards the entrance to the castle and Svipdag asked him many a question on how to enter the castle. Svipdag later learnt that in addition to the giant himself, two hounds guard the castle gates within. To get past them, he has to kill the cock Vidofnir and feed it's wing joints to these hounds. However, the only weapon which can slay Vidofnir is the sword Laevateinn. Laevateinn is guarded by Sinmora and this wife of Surt will only give the sword up if she gets the tail feather of Vidofnir. This is Svipdag's greatest challenge. According to the sagas, Vidofnir shines like lightning and as such, it is presumably brilliant in appearance.

Vig - A Dwarf.

Vigard - A great plain in Asgard, a hundred and twenty leagues in every direction. It is at this place that the final battle of Ragnarok takes place.

Vili - ("The Will") Odin's brother; alternately, one of Odin's names (Odin-Vili-Vé). He gave the humans thought and motion. He is identified with Hoenir by some and only as a part of Odin by others.

Vindalf - ("Wind Elf") A Dwarf.

Vindonnus - Saxon tutelary god of Vienna. By-name for Woden (Odin).

Vingólf, - A beautiful hall build by the Aesir as a sanctuary for the goddesses. Vingólf, along with Valhalla, is alloted to the Einheijar.

Virpir - A Dwarf.

Vitr - A Dwarf.

Vjofn, also known as Sjöfn or Sjofna - An attendant to Frigga, Vjofní's duty was to incline obdurate hearts to love, to maintain peace and concord among mankind, and to reconcile quarreling husbands and wives.

Volund, Volundr, Weland, Wayland, Wieland - "Wonder Smith"; Saxon smith diety, a supreme craftsman. A Shape-shifter associated with horses..Volund was a skillful smith who had forged both the magic ring Andvaranut and the sword Gram. He was kept in prison for a time by king Nidud, but the smith revenged deeply and got free. Mentioned in the tales of Siegfried (Sigurdr) and Dietrich of Bern. Represents strength, cunning, skill, healing, horses, magic, metal working.

Volva - ON. A "wand-bearer", a witch, seer, fortune-teller, wise woman, the Norse equivalent of the Shaman. Seidh practioners were called Volva.

Vor - One of the handmaidens of Frigga, with Var and Eir. Vor was the goddess of marriage and contracts from whom nothing could be hidden because she was so wise. She was the goddess of faithfulness between man and woman. She is very tactful and misses no details. She takes vengeance on those who break their vows. Var and Vor are invoked to witness oaths and to punish oathbreakers. Vor is wise and inquiring, and nothing can be concealed from her

W

Walburga - Saxon Moon-Goddess whose festival is May Eve, Walpurgis Night.

Waldh - Frisian Forest-God of healing.

Wan, Wans, Wanes - (ON Vanr, Vanir) God/esses of earth, water, and hidden wisdom.

Weird's Well, Urdhr's Well - Where the Gods have their court. The Great Norns use water from it to keep Yggdrasil's branches from rotting. Swans feed in the well.

Westri, Sudri, Nordri and Austri - These are the four dwarfs at each corner of the sky, holding it up above everything. The names Nordri, Sudri, Austri and Westri  mean North, South, East and West respectively. Odin set them up there on that day when he created new realms and beings from Ymir's body parts.

Wilbet - Saxon Moon-Goddess.

Woden - Saxon name of Odin.

World Serpent - See Iormungand. Also known as Jormungand and Midgardsormr.

World Tree - See Yggdrasil.

Wotan - Germanic/Teutonic name for Odin.

X

Y

Yarthkin - OE: A harmful earth-sprite.

Ydalir - ("Yew-dale") Ullr's hall in Asgard.

Ygg - ("Terrible One") A by-name of Odin.

Yggdrasil - In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil ("The Terrible One's Horse"), also called the World Tree, is the giant ash tree that links and shelters all the worlds. Beneath the three roots the realms of Asgard, Jotunheim, and Niflheim are located. Three wells lie at its base: the Well of Wisdom (Mímisbrunnr), guarded by Mimir and located in Jotunheim where the frost giants live; the Well of Fate (Urdarbrunnr), guarded by the Norns, where the Norns pour magical mud and water from that Well onto the root to slow down the rotting process which in turn, will delay the coming of Ragnarok; and the Hvergelmir (Roaring Kettle), the source of many rivers located in Niflheim, the realm of darkness and the dead,
this root suffers the most terrible fate of all; the dragon Nidhogg and other monstrous serpents in Niflheim gnaw and chew away at the root to hasten Ragnarok's arrival.

The eagle Hraesvelg perches at the very edge of Yggdrasil. The squirrel Ratatosk ("swift teeth"), runs up and down Yggdrasil's branches as a messenger for both Hraesvelg at the top and Nidhogg at the bottom. This squirrel sows discord between the two. Four deers by the name of Dain, Dvalin, Duneyr and Durathor graze Yggdrasil and eats away at the lush leaves and buds. The golden cock Vidofnir ("tree snake")  perches on the highest branch on Yggdrasil. On the day of Ragnarok, the fire giant Surt will set the tree on fire.

Other names for the tree include: Ask Yggdrasil, Hoddmimir's Wood, Laerad, Odin's Horse and Mirmir's Tree.

Old Norse: Mimameidr

Ymir - ("Roarer") Ymir is the primordial giant and the progenitor of the race of frost giants. He was created from the melting ice of Niflheim, when it came in contact with the hot air from Muspell and the drip of melted ice fell into Ginnungagap, the abyss of creative wisdom. From Ymir's sleeping body the first giants sprang forth: one of his legs fathered a son on his other leg while from under his armpit a man and women grew out.

The frost kept melting and from the drops the divine cow Audumla was created. From her udder flowed four rivers of milk, on which Ymir fed. The cow itself got nourishment by licking hoar frost and salt from the ice. On the evening of the first day the hair of a man appeared, on the second day the whole head and on the third day it became a man, Buri, the first god. His grandchildren are Odin, Ve and Vili. (Or Odin, Honir and Lodur)

Odin and his brothers had no liking for Ymir, nor for the growing number of giants, and killed him. In the huge amount of blood that flowed from Ymir's wounds all the giants, except two, drowned. From the slain body the brothers created heaven and earth. They used the flesh to fill the Ginnungagap; his blood to create the lakes and the seas; from his unbroken bones they made the mountains; the giant's teeth and the fragments of his shattered bones became rocks and boulders and stones; trees were made from his hair, and the clouds from his brains. Odin and his brothers raised Ymir's skull and made the sky from it and beneath its four corners they placed a dwarf. Finally, from Ymir's eyebrow they shaped Midgard, the realm of man. The maggots which swarmed in Ymir's flesh they gave wits and the shape of men, but they live under the hills and mountains. They are called dwarfs.

Ysetur - A hall built by the gods south of Elivogar, strategically placed to keep an eye on the Giants. It probably origionally belonged to Thor, the great defender of the gods, but was later given to the King of the Elves, Ivaldi.

Yule - The pagan festival of midwinter, now amalgamated with Christmas.

Z

Ziu - Sky God, also called Tyr.


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