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The Aesir-Vanir War
418px-Asen gegen die Wanen by Karl Ehrenberg
The Aesir and Vanir do battle
General Info
Part of Norse mythology
Result Indecisive. Exchange of hostages (Hoenir and Mimir to Vanaheim and Njord and his children to Asgard)
Belligerents Vanir
Led by Njord, Freyr
Versus Æsir
led by Odin, Tyr and Thor
The Æsir-Vanir War was a conflict between the Aesir 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 Njord, Freyr and Freyja being sent to the Æsir and Hoenir and Mimir 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.

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