17 Facts About Freyr


Freyr, sometimes anglicized as Frey, is a widely attested god in Norse mythology, associated with sacral kingship, fertility, peace, prosperity, and virility, with sunshine and fair weather, and with good harvest.

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Freyr, sometimes referred to as Yngvi-Freyr, was especially associated with Sweden and seen as an ancestor of the Swedish royal house.

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Freyr is known to have been associated with the horse cult.

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However, lacking his sword, Freyr will be killed by the fire jotunn Surtr during the events of Ragnarok.

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Freyr is the most renowned of the Æsir; he rules over the rain and the shining of the sun, and therewithal the fruit of the earth; and it is good to call on him for fruitful seasons and peace.

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Freyr immediately falls in love with her and becomes depressed and taciturn.

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Freyr is fated to fight the fire-giant Surtr and since he does not have his sword he will be defeated.

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Freyr is mentioned in several of the poems in the Poetic Edda.

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The idea is that the sword which Surtr slays Freyr with is the "sword of the gods" which Freyr had earlier bargained away for Gerðr.

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Freyr reveals the cause of his grief and asks Skirnir to go to Jotunheimr to woo Gerðr for him.

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Freyr gives Skirnir a steed and his magical sword for the journey.

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Freyr'swife was called Gerd, daughter of Gymir, and their son was called Fjolne.

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Freyr had a son named Fjolnir, who succeeds him as king and rules during the continuing period of peace and good seasons.

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Freyr had a cult at Uppsala is well confirmed from other sources.

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Sacrifice of dark-coloured victims to Freyr has a parallel in Ancient Greek religion where the chthonic fertility deities preferred dark-coloured victims to white ones.

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The compound Ingui-Frea and Yngvi-Freyr likely refer to the connection between the god and the Germanic kings' role as priests during the sacrifices in the pagan period, as Frea and Freyr are titles meaning 'Lord'.

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In 1904, a Viking Age statuette identified as a depiction of Freyr was discovered on the farm Rallinge in Lunda, Sodermanland parish in the province of Sodermanland, Sweden.

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