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List of Gods   : "Icelandic"

NameOriginDescription
Goddess name "AEGIR (water)" Icelandic / Nordic God of the ocean. A lesser known AESIR god of Asgard concerned with the moods of the sea and their implications for mariners. The river Eider was known to the Vikings as “Aegir's Door.” Aegir is also depicted in some poetry as the “ale brewer,” perhaps an allusion to the caldrons of mead which were thought to come from under the sea (see also the Celtic deities DAGDA and GOBNIU). There are references in literature to Saxons sacrificing captives, probably to Aegir, before setting sail for home. Linked in uncertain manner to the goddess RAN he was believed to have sired nine children, the waves of the sea, who were possibly giantesses....
God name "AESIR" Icelandic / Nordic The major race of sky gods in Norse religion. The twelve Aesir gods are headed by OTHIN, the All-Father and probably are, in part, derived from a Germanic pantheon established in prehistory. The Aesir follow a common pattern whereby cultures establish a “senior” pantheon of great gods which usually number seven or twelve....
Deities name "Alcis" Germanic / possibly Icelandic / Nordic Unknown status. The Alcis are twin deities (brothers) known only as sons of the sky gods. From Germanic times we have a La Tene urn with pictures of paired men on horseback and linked by a wooden beam. Tacitus describes the worship of twin gods by the Naharvali tribe, their priests dressed in effeminate costume (see also the Phrygian deity ATTIS). They may have been worshiped in Forest sanctuaries along the northern coast of Europe....
King name "Atli" Icelandic  In the Volsunga Saga Atli is a king corresponding to Etzel in the Nibelungenlied; he marries Gudrun and invites her brothers to court, where they are treacherously slain. Gudrun avenges them by killing her own and Atli's two sons, and later, Atli himself.
God name "BALDER (lord)" Icelandic / Nordic The dying god. Balder is the spotless “good” god, the “shining one,” OTHIN's favored second son. He lives in a hall named Breidablik. He is the father of the god FORSETI....
Goddess name "BRAGI (poet; leader)" Nordic / Icelandic God of poetry. A Viking deity, said by Snorri to be a son of OTHIN and consort of IDUNN, the goddess who keeps the apples of immortality for the gods of Asgard. Bragi is possibly also a pseudonym for Othin himself. Often found in company with AEGIR. The cup over which oaths were sworn was known as the “cup of Bragi” and he was seen as a poet and orator in the hall of the slain, Valhalla....
God name "Bor" Nordic / Icelandic Archetypal god. In the creation account, according to Snorri, a living creature called Ymir was formed in the misty void of Ginnungagap. Ymir was nourished by the milk of the cow Audhumla, who licked salty ice blocks and released a second individual called BURI. He had a son called Bor. Bor, in turn, engendered the AESIR gods OTHIN, VILI and VE. Also Borr.See also Othin....
God name "Buri" Nordic / Icelandic Archetypal god. According to Snorri, one of two primordial beings. Ymir was formed from the misty void of Ginnungagap, and Buri emerged from the blocks of salty ice on which the cosmic cow Audhumla fed. He had a son, BOR, who engendered the AESIR gods OTHIN, VILI and VE. Also Bori....
Goddess name "Disir" Nordic / Icelandic / / Germanic Collective name for guardian goddesses. They were the subject of a sacrificial ritual in autumn and have strong fertility connotations as vegetation and fertility deities. They are identified in the Sigr drifumal (Poetic Edda) and include the Valkyries and Norns of Germanic mythology....
King name "Dvergr" Norse A dwarf. In modern Icelandic lore dwarfs disappear, but remain in local names, as Dverga-steinn, and in several words and phrases. From the belief that dwarfs lived in rocks an echo is called dwerg-mal (dwarf talk), and dwerg-mala means to echo. The dwarfs were skilled in metal-working. Norse
God name "Forseti" Nordic / Icelandic God of unknown status. A god of Asgard said by Snorri to be the son of Balder and NANNA. According to an Icelandic list of dwellings of the gods, Forseti owned a gold and silver hall, Glitnir, and was a good law maker and arbiter of disputes. Also Fosite (Friesian)....
Goddess name "Gefjon" Germanic / Nordic / Icelandic Goddess of Agriculture. One of the AESIR deities and an attendant of the goddess FRIGG according to tradition mentioned by Snorri in the Edda. She bore four giant sons whom she turned into oxen and used them to plough a tract of land which was then towed out to sea to become Zeeland (Sjaeland). She is also said to have founded a royal Danish dynasty. Also Gefiun....
Goddess name "Hel" Germanic / Nordic / Icelandic Chthonic underworld goddess. The daughter of LOKI and the giantess Angrboda, and the sibling of both the Midgard worm who will cause the sea to flood the world with the lashings of his tail, and of Fenrir, the phantom wolf who will swallow the Sun, at Ragnarok. She is queen of the otherworld, also known as Hell, and she takes command of all who die, except for heroes slain in battle, who ascend to Valhalla. In some mythologies she is depicted as half black and half white. She was adopted into British mythology....
"Hell Shoon" Iceland In Icelandic mythology, indispensable for the journey to Valhalla as the obolus for crossing the Styx.
God name "Hermod" Nordic / Icelandic Messenger god. One of the sons of the Wiking god OTHIN, he was sent to Hel on a mission to obtain the release of the god Balder, who had been slain by the blind god Hod. The mission failed because only one creature in the world, a hag (probably LOKI in disguise), failed to weep at Balder's loss and Hermod returned empty-handed. It may be argued that Hermod is less a deity than a demigod hero modeled on the Danish king of the Beowulf Saga. Also Heremod; Hermoth....
Goddess name "Hlothyn" Nordic / Icelandic Goddess. A less common name for the goddess Fjorgynn, noted in the Trymskvoia from the Poetic Edda. The mother of THOR....
God name "Hoenir" Nordic / Icelandic / Identified in the Voluspa / Poetic Edda / as the priest of the Viking gods who handles the “blood wands” i God. e. Divines future events. Some authors believe Hoenir to be a hypostasis of the god OTHIN, particularly concerned with giving the human race senses and feelings. Also known in north Germanic culture. He is said to have fled to Vanaheim after the great battle between the AESIR and VANIR gods....
Goddess name "Iord" Nordic / Icelandic earth goddess. In Viking tradition lord embodies the abstract sacredness of the earth. Said to be the mother of THOR and in some legends, the wife of OTHIN.See also FJORGYN....
Goddess name "Jord" Icelandic / Germanic An earth goddess mentioned in the Edda by Snorri
Deities name "Kvasir" Nordic / Icelandic Minor god of wisdom. By tradition he was created from the saliva of the AESIR and VANIR deities, who thus combined their knowledge into a single being. He was slain by dwarfs who concocted a fermented drink from his blood, mixed with honey, and this mead became the inspiration of poets. He is also identified in Welsh mythology....
God name "Lothur" Norse God of physical senses norse / Icelandic
God name "Lothur" Nordic / Icelandic God of physical senses. According to a brief mention in the Voluspa (Poetic Edda) the god concerned with physical being i.e. sight, hearing and speech. According to some authors he may be a hypostasis of the god OTHIN. Lothur is also known in northern Germanic tradition. Also LODUR....
God name "MIMIR" Nordic / Icelandic God of wisdom and inspiration. An AESIR god who lives in the world of the Frost Giants. He guards the well of knowledge, filled by a spring which flows beneath the world Tree, Yggdrasil, and which is supplied from the primeval waters. The god OTHIN drank from the spring to acquire knowledge, having forfeited one of his eyes to Mimir. Said to be the wisest among the gods. According to some sources he was sent as hostage to the VANIR in their war with the Aesir and was killed by them (see Othin). Some authors argue that he is more properly a giant than a god. Said to be accompanied often by the silent god HOENIR. Mimir warns Othin of the final onslaught at Ragnarok (doom)....
God name "Mani" Germanic / Nordic / Icelandic moon god. He guides the chariot of the moon through the night sky and is involved in the downfall of the world at Ragnarok....
God name "Midgard" Norse The mid-yard, middle-town, that is, the earth, is a mythological word common to all the ancient Teutonic languages. The Icelandic Edda alone has preserved the true mythical bearing of this old Teutonic word. The earth (Midgard), the abode of men, is situated in the middle of the universe, bordered by mountains and surrounded by the great sea; on the other side of this sea is the Utgard (out-yard), the abode of the giants; the Midgard is defended by the yard or burgh Asgard (the burgh of the gods) lying in the middle (the heaven being conceived as rising above the earth). Thus the earth and mankind are represented as a stronghold besieged by the powers of evil from without, defended by the gods from above and from within. Norse
Spirit name "Puck" Icelandic A merry little fairy spirit, full of fun and harmless mischief. Icelandic
Goddess name "Ran" Nordic / Icelandic storm goddess. The consort of the god AEGIR. She was presumed to gather mariners in her net having carried them to the bottom of the sea in whirlpools. She was propitiated with money and other offerings thrown overboard....
Goddess name "Rind" Northern Germanic / Nordic / Icelandic Chthonic goddess. She is mentioned as a consort of OTHIN and mother of VALI. Also Rinda; Rindr....
Goddess name "Si n" Nordic / Icelandic Goddess. The consort of LOKI and listed among the AESIR goddesses. Her son is Nari or Narfi. According to tradition, SKADI, the consort of NJORD, set a poisonous snake to drip poison on to a captive Loki but Sigyn collected most of the venom in a bowl and threw it away....
Goddess name "Sif" Nordic / Icelandic / / Germanic corn goddess. The consort of THOR. She is mentioned in the Eddaic Lay of Lokasenna and in the Lay of Har barth. According to Snorri Sturluson she was originally a prophetess called Sibyl. She possesses great beauty and has long golden hair. Her sons are ULL and Loridi. According to tradition, LOKI cut off Sif's hair in mischief, but when confronted and threatened by Thor, he had the dwarfs make her a magical hairpiece of pure gold which, when it touched her head, became a living part of her and grew....
Goddess name "Siofn" Norse Goddess listed by Snorri norse / Icelandic
Goddess name "Siofn" Nordic / Icelandic Goddess. Listed by Snorri (Prose Edda) as one of the AESIR goddesses....
Goddess name "Skadi" Nordic / Icelandic Goddess. One of the AESIR goddesses. The daughter of the giant Thiassi and consort of the god NJORD. By tradition she lives apart from her husband, he preferring the coast and she the mountains. She is described as “ski lady,” a huntress who travels on skis and hunts game with a bow. She is constantly at odds with the god LOKI and on one occasion, when he had been captured and held down with stones, she tried to poison him by suspending a poisonous snake over his face. Loki's consort SIGYN saved him by collecting the venom in a bowl....
Goddess name "Sol (2)" Nordic / Icelandic Sun goddess. One of the AESIR goddesses. The daughter of Nubdilfaeri (Mundilferi). She drives the horses which draw the Sun chariot across the sky....
God name "Vali" Nordic / Icelandic God. One of the sons of OTHIN, his mother is RIND. A hardened, bold warrior and an excellent shot. He slew HODER and thus avenged the death of Balder. One of the survivors of Ragnarok destined to live in the land which replaces Asgard, Idavoll. Also Ali....
God name "Valtam" Nordic / Icelandic God. According to the Poetic Edda (Balder's Dreams) Valtam is the father of OTHIN....
God name "Vanir" Nordic / Icelandic A major group of Norse gods the concerned with peace, prosperity & the fertility of the land
God name "Ve" Nordic / Icelandic God. Listed by Snorri in the Prose Edda as one of the sons of Bori and, among the gods of Asgard, the brother of OTHIN and VILI. The three gods are said to have made the land and sea out of the flesh and blood of the primeval giant Ymir.See also BURI....
God name "Vidar" Nordic / Icelandic God of war. A little known AESIR god, described as the silent one. One of the sons of OTHIN. An alternative tradition places him as the offspring of a brief liaison between THOR and the giantess Gird. A god of great strength and support in times of danger. The prospective avenger of Othin's death by the wolf Fenrir at Ragnarok, he is said to wear a shoe made of material collected throughout time which he will place between Fenrir's jaws before he tears them apart and runs the beast through with his sword. One of the survivors of the final great fire and flood, destined to live in Asgard's successor, Idavoll....
God name "Vili" Nordic / Icelandic God. Listed by Snorri in Prose Edda as one of the sons of Bori and, among the gods of Asgard, the brother of OTHIN and VE. The three gods are said to have made the land and sea out of the flesh and blood of the primeval giant Ymir.See also BURI....
Goddess name "Vor" Nordic / Icelandic Goddess. Of Germanic origin, one of the AESIR goddesses listed by Snorri in Prose Edda. He suggests that Vor may be concerned with the making of oaths and of marriage agreements, punishing those who break them. Possibly also Var(a), though Snorri lists her as a separate Aesir goddess....
God name "Yng" Nordic / Icelandic Creator god. Progenitor of the earliest Swedish kings. Also, in Germanic tradition, ING, the father of the Baltic coastal tribe, the Ingwaeones....
God name "Yspaddaden Pencawr" Celtic / Welsh God. Possibly the counterpart of the Irish deity Balor and the Icelandic Balder. In the legend of Culhwch and Olwen, Olwen is identified as his daughter. He sets Culhwch several difficult tasks before he can obtain Olwen's hand. Culhwch retaliates by wounding him severely, but he cannot be killed until Olwen marries. This is presumably a distorted fertility legend, the original meaning of which is lost....