The Æsir-Vanir War
418px-Asen gegen die Wanen by Karl Ehrenberg
The Æsir and Vanir do battle
General Info
Part of Norse mythology
Result Indecisive. Exchange of hostages (Hœnir and Mímir to Vanaheimr and Njörðr and his children to Asgard)
Belligerents Vanir
Led by Njörðr, Freyr
Versus Æsir
led by Odin, Thor and Týr

The Æsir-Vanir War was a conflict between the Æsir and Vanir. The war was sparked by the burning of Gullveig and resulted in the unification of the Norse-Germanic pantheon by the exchange of hostages.


300px-Æsir-Vanir war by Frølich

Odin throws his spear

Gullveig was a woman who was set on fire thrice by the Æsir. It is unknown why and how this sparked the war but eventually, Odin and the Æsir attack the Vanir. Eventually the gods reach a truce, with Njörðr, Freyr and Freyja being sent to the Æsir and Hœnir and Mímir to the Vanir. During the peace talks, it is stated by Bragi, the gods spit into a bowl and create Kvasir, the origin of poetry.

Norse mythology articles
Major Deities Odin | Thor | Freyr | Freyja | Frigg | Loki | Baldr | Týr | Njörðr
Races Æsir | Vanir | Jötunn | Elves | Dwarves | Valkyries | Einherjar | Norns
Realms Álfheimr | Asgard | Jötunheimr | Midgard | Muspelheim | Niðavellir | Niflheim | Svartálfaheim | Vanaheimr
Abodes Breidablik | Fólkvangr | Þrúðheimr | Utgard | Valhalla
Topics Æsir-Vanir War | Ginnungagap | Poetic Edda | Prose Edda | Ragnarök | The Sagas | Yggdrasil

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