from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Mythology An early race of Norse gods who dwelt with the Aesir in Asgard.
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- proper n. The principal deities, as a group, of the Norse pantheon that represent chaos, fertility, and cultivation; opponents of the Æsir.
- proper n. Members of the Swedish royal family whose ancestry is traditionally traced to one of the Vanir deities.
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- n. (Norse mythology) race of ancient gods sometimes in conflict with the Aesir
The Norse goddess Freya or Freyja, sometimes thought to be the Vanir cognate or avatar of the Aesir goddess Frigg or Frigga — who, in fact, is in some sources described as a Vanir by birth, suspiciously enough.
Maybe you have a situation where the not-Aesir and the not-Vanir are allied uncomfortably against a greater menace -- the not-Giants, we'll call them -- but the allied partners don't get along so well, and there are tensions and betrayals and pranks.
Living far to the north, these sullen people rarely left their own land, then usually to war with the Aesir and the Vanir, killing and taking slaves.
Asgard, and before I was of the red-haired Vanir, who dwelt in
Why does she feel justified in double-crossing the Vanir?
Throughout Runemarks, the Vanir and Aesir shift from one Aspect to another. (p. 166) How is this notion of ones Aspect related to identity and truth?
Njord ... was brought up in Vanaheim, but the Vanir sent him as a hostage to the gods--Prose Edda, 23
Some interesting theories exist about the Aesir-Vanir war in Norse Mythology, in which an invading race of warlike gods battled with existing fertility deities in Scandinavia.
Mim or Mimir (see this article from Brittanica), on the other hand, is a wise god who tried in vain to mediate a peace between the warring Vanir and Aesir (Cotterell and Storm 2006: 210).
The Aesir and Vanir have peculiar attachments to their material belongings.