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

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.

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 […]