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Freya - Norse Goddess of Fertility Freya

Freyja, Cats and Angels, by Nils Blommer (1816-1853)
Freyja, Cats and Angels, by Nils Blommer (1816-1853). CC Flickr User Thomas Roche

Individual Norse Gods/Goddesses

Freya was born a member of the Vanir gods, the daughter of Njord and sister of Freyr. In some accounts she married into the Aesirs by becoming Odin's wife. [See Norse Mythology - The Gods for the distinction between Vanir and Aesir gods.] She was the mother of Hnossa. Freya was a Norse goddess of love and fertility, war and wealth. Her attributes include a famous necklace named Brisingamen, acquired from the dwarves by sleeping with them, a cloak with the property of allowing her to transform into a bird, and a chariot driven by large cats. Freya lived in Folkvangr and, although she wasn't a war goddess per se, she received half of those killed in battle. The personalities of Freyja and Frigg are sometimes combined. Freyr partially replaced Freya. Freya was also called Gefn, Horn, Mardoll, Menglad, and Vanadis.

  • Freya
    Encyclopedia Mythica article on Freya, which says, "Freya is a goddess of love and fertility, and the most beautiful and propitious of the goddesses."

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