10 Facts About Vanir


In Norse mythology, the Vanir are a group of gods associated with fertility, wisdom, and the ability to see the future.

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The Vanir are one of two groups of gods and are the namesake of the location Vanaheimr .

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Vanir are attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources; the Prose Edda and Heimskringla, both written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson; and in the poetry of skalds.

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Vanir are mentioned in the Prose Edda books Gylfaginning and Skaldskaparmal.

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High continues that "once some Vanir saw her path as she rode through the air" and that an unnamed one of these Vanir says, in verse :.

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The Vanir sent Njorðr and Freyr to the Æsir, and in turn the Æsir sent Hœnir and Mimir to the Vanir.

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However, whenever Hœnir appeared at assemblies or meetings where the Vanir asked him his opinion on difficult issues, his response was "let others decide".

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The Vanir suspected that they had been cheated by the Æsir in the hostage exchange, and so grabbed hold of Mimir, cut off Mimir's head, and sent it to the Æsir.

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Slupecki argues that the Vanir remained distinct from the Æsir – except for Freyja and Freyr, whom he follows the Prose Edda in seeing as having been born after Njorðr became a hostage among the Æsir, and thus regards as Æsir – and therefore that Ragnarok "[has] no importance for their world".

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Vanir are featured in the poem "Om vanerne" by Oehlenschlager .

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