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418px-Asen gegen die Wanen by Karl Ehrenberg

The Æsir battle the Vanir

In Old Norse, áss (or ǫ́ss, ás, plural æsir, feminine ásynja, feminine plural ásynjur) is the term denoting a member of the principal groups of gods of the pantheon of Norse paganism. They include many of the major figures, such as Odin, Frigg, Thor, Baldr and Týr. They are one of the two groups of gods, the other being the Vanir. In Norse mythology, the two are described as having waged war against one another in the Æsir-Vanir War‎, resulting in the unification of the two into a single tribe of gods.


  1. Odin is the greatest and oldest of the Æsir. He is god of wisdom, victory & magic. He is their Allfather and is husband of Frigg. He is the son of Borr and giantess Bestla. Borr was the son of Buri (the first god) and a giantess.
  2. Thor is Odin's first and oldest son by Jord (the Earth giantess). His is the god of thunder. He is married to Sif.
  3. Baldr is Odin's second son and son of Frigg. He is the god of light and beauty. He is husband of Nanna and father of Forseti. He is killed by Höðr (tricked by Loki) and avenged by Váli.
  4. Týr is the god of war and many warriors pray to him for victory in battle. His hand was bitten off by the Fenris Wolf.He is the son of Odin and the goddess Saga.
  5. Bragi is the god of poetry and skaldship. He is husband of Iðunn and son of Odin and Frigg.
  6. Höðr is the son of Odin and twin brother of Baldr. Höðr was blind. He killed Baldr unknowingly (he was manipulated by Loki) and was in turn killed by Váli.
  7. Heimdall is the son of Odin and the nine wave goddesses, daughters of Æsir the sea-giant and Ran. He guards the Bifrost bridge and at Ragnarok will blow the Gjallarhorn to signal the beginning of battle, where he will kill and be killed by Loki.
  8. Ullr is the son of Sif and an unknown giant. He is step-son of Thor and is god of skiing and archery. After Skadi married Njord, the sea god, she was unhappy and left for her wintery mountain home. She eventually married Ullr.
  9. Hœnir is a son of Odin. After the Aesir-Vanir war, he was sent to Vanaheim to become chief of that pantheon of gods. 
  10. Hermóðr is a messenger god and son of Odin. He was tasked with riding to Niflheim to beg for the return of Baldr to the realm of the living.
  11. Víðarr is the son of giantess Grid (violence) and Odin. He is the second strongest asa.
  12. Váli is the son of Odin and Rind (a Russian princess). His sole purpose on Earth was to avenge Baldr by killing Höðr.
  13. Forseti is the son of Baldr and Nanna. He is the god of judgement.
  14. Loki is actually a giant (son of giant Farbauti and giantess Laufey), but blood-brother of Odin. He is the trickster god and god of fire.
  15. Vili is the brother of Odin and god of intelligence and the sense of touch, giving these to the first humans (Ask and Embla).
  16. is the brother of Odin and god of countenance (appearance, facial expression), speech, hearing, and sight.
  17. Mani is the god of the moon and was created by Odin and his brothers.
  18. Magni is the son of Thor and Sif.
  19. Modi is the brother of Magni and both are gods of strength.
  20. Hjuki was a mortal who was carried up by Mani (along with his sister Bil) and now follows him across the sky.


  1. Frigg is the wife of Odin and daughter of the giants.
  2. Saga is the goddess of poetry, poetic arts and history. Her father is Odin and her mother is an unknown giantess
  3. Eir is the goddess of magical healing and daughter of Frigg and Odin. Eir knew the secret powers of herbs, with which she could even resurrect the dead
  4. Gefjun is the goddess of maidens and daughter of Odin and Frigg. Those who die maids become her hand-maidens
  5. Fulla is sister of Gefjun and is Frigg's hand-maiden
  6. Sjofn is the goddess of love and daughter of Frigg and Odin
  7. Lofn is the sister of Sjofn and is another goddess of love
  8. Var is the daughter of Odin and Frigg and is goddess of oaths and promises
  9. Vor is the daughter of Frigg and Odin and is so wise that nothing can be concealed from her
  10. Syn is the sister of Vor and Var. She guards the door of the hall, and closes it against to those who are not to enter
  11. Hlin guards those men whom Frigg wants to protect from any danger and is Frigg's daughter
  12. Snotra , who is wise and courtly, is the daughter of Frigg
  13. Sol is the goddess of the sun and was created by Odin and his brothers along with Mani
  14. Gna , whom Frigg sends on her errands into various worlds
  15. Bil was a mortal who was carried p by Mani (along with her brother Hjuki) and now follows him across the sky
  16. Iðunn is the daughter of Odin and Frigg, wife of Bragi and owner of the Apples of Eternal Youth
  17. Sif is the wife of Thor and mother of Magni and Modi
  18. Thrud is the daughter of Thor and the giantess Jarnsaxa
  19. Nanna is the daughter of Nep (giant) and an unknown giantess. She is the wife of Baldr
  20. Sigyn is the wife of Loki. She is of unknown parentage.

Family TreeEdit

Æsir Genealogy in Norse mythology Names in Bold are Giants/Giantesses Names in Italics are Vanir Rindr was a human princess
With Jörð
With Gríðr
With Unknown mothers
With Rindr

See Also Edit

Norse mythology articles
Major Deities Odin | Thor | Freyr | Freya | Frigg | Loki | Balder | Tyr | Njord
Races Æsir | Vanir | Jotnar | Elves | Dwarves | Valkyries | Einherjar | Norns
Worlds Asgard | Álfheimr | Midgard | Jötunheimr | Vanaheimr | Muspelheim | Niflheim | Svartálfaheim | Helheim
Locations Bifröst | Utgard | Valhalla | Fólkvangr
Topics Yggdrasil | Ginnungagap | Ragnarök | Poetic Edda | Prose Edda | The Sagas

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