The Nine Waves are the nine daughters of Ægir and Rán, who represent the waves. Bára (or Drǫfn) – Foam Fleck, Comber Blóðughadda – Bloody Hair Bylgja – Billow Dúfa – Pitching Wave Hefring – Rising Wave Himinglæva – Transparent Wave Hrǫnn – Welling Wave Kólga – Cool Wave Unnr (or Uðr) – Frothing Wave

Ægir (anglicised as Aegir or Aeger – also known as Hlér – the common Swedish form is Ägir) is a jötunn of the sea. He is a god of the sea and of brewing. He is a personification of the power of the ocean. He was also known for hosting elaborate parties for the Æsir, […]

Rán is the wife of the giant Ægir. She is a goddess of the sea, living with her husband in an underwater hall. She captures sailors and drowns them in her net. She loans the net to Loki so he can capture Andvari the dwarf. She is mother to nine daughters, the Nine Waves.

Sometimes anglicized as Frey, his name means “lord” and he is described as the King of Elfheim/Alfheim (Grímnismál 5). Freyr is associated with sacral kingship, virility, peace and prosperity, with sunshine and fair weather, and with good harvest. He is a Lord of Earth and Sea, invoked for weather conditions and plant growth, and it […]

In Germanic mythology, Thor (from Old Norse: Þórr) is a hammer-wielding god associated with lightning, thunder, storms, sacred groves and trees, strength, the protection of mankind, and also hallowing and fertility. Besides Old Norse Þórr, the deity occurs in Old English as Þunor, in Old Frisian as Thuner, in Old Saxon as Thunar, and in […]

The first Auroch, the primal cow or Cow Goddess. Her name is generally accepted as meaning “hornless cow rich in milk” (from Old Norse auðr meaning ‘riches’ and humala meaning’hornless’). The primordial frost jötunn Ymir fed from her milk, and over the course of three days she licked away the salty rime rocks and revealed Búri, grandfather of […]

Freja by John Bauer

Freyja (alternate spellings include Freya) is the goddess of love, sex, beauty, death, and sorcery. Her name means “Lady.” Freyja is a Vanir, but was made an honorary Aesir after the Aesir-Vanir war. Freya with Brisingamen,J. Penrose (1890) Freyja’s necklace, Brisingamen, is a symbol of fertility made of amber or gold. These were precious materials […]