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In Norse mythology, the Vanir (singular Vanr) are a group of gods associated with fertility, wisdom, and the ability to see the future. The Vanir are one of two groups of gods (the other being the Æsir) and are associated with the location Vanaheimr. After the Æsir–Vanir War, the Vanir became a subgroup of the Æsir and are subsequently sometimes also referred to as members of the Æsir. All sources describe the deities Njord, Freyr, and Freyja as members of the Vanir.While not attested as Vanir, the gods Heimdallr and Ullr have been theorized as potential members of the group. The Vanir once waged a war against the Æsir which resulted in the merging of sub-groups and exchanging hostages.
418px-Asen gegen die Wanen by Karl Ehrenberg

The Aesir battle the Vanir

Some Vanir include:

  • Njord (God of the Sea)
  • Nerthus (Sister and wife of Njord as well as a fertility goddess)
  • Skaði (Later wife of Njord, goddess of winter and hunt)
  • Freyja (Goddess of fertility and daughter of Njord. Married to Odur)
  • Freyr (Son of Njord and a god of fertility and fair weather. Ruler of Alfheim)
  • Ullr (God of archers)
  • Heimdall (Guardian of the Bifrost Bridge)
  • Odr (Husband of Freyja. Some identify him as a form of Odin)
  • Hnoss (Daughter of Freyja)
  • Skirnir (Servant of Freyr)
  • Vana (Unknown goddess. Married Sveigdr, mortal king of Sweden. Mother of Vanlandi)
  • Kvasir (God of Wisdom. Killed by dwarves who mixed his blood with honey to create the mead of poetry

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Vanir Genealogy in Norse mythology Names in Bold are Giants/Giantesses Names in Italics are Æsir Frigga was mother to Baldr and Hodr by Óðinn Sif was mother to Magni, Modi and Thrud by Thor
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fjörgynn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nótt
 
Delling
 
Njörðr
 
Nerthus
 
Mandilfari
 
Hretha
 
Frigg
 
Óðinn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dagr
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Freya
 
Óðr
 
Skírnir
 
Svalingr
 
Sinthgunt
 
 
 
Wayland
 
Sunna
 
Thor
 
Sif
 
Unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gerðr
 
Freyr
 
 
Gersemi
 
Hnoss
 
 
 
 
 
Sjöfn
 
Snotra
 
Lofn
 
Sigyn
 
Loki
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ullr
 
Skadi
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vali
 
 
 
 
Narfi

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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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