|The Æsir-Vanir War|
The Æsir and Vanir do battle
|Part of||Norse mythology|
|Result||Indecisive. Exchange of hostages (Hœnir and Mímir to Vanaheimr and Njörðr and his children to Asgard)|
|Led by||Njörðr, Freyr|
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.
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|