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Freyr

Freyr statue covered in sacrificial blood.

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Freyr idol at Uppsala, based the Rällinge statuette

Freyr
(lord sovereign), sometimes referred to as Yngvi-Freyr (Yngvi the lord), is one of the most important gods of Norse paganism. He and his sister Freyja are considered the foremost of the Vanir and they reside amongst the Aesir in Asgard. Freyr was associated with sacral kingship, virility and prosperity, with sunshine and fair weather, and was pictured as a phallic fertility god, as Freyr "bestows peace and pleasure on mortals". Freyr was especially associated with Sweden and seen as an ancestor of the Swedish royal house of Yngling. By extention, this makes him the forefather of Harald and Halfdan.

In the Icelandic books the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda, Freyr is presented as one of the Vanir, the son of the sea god Njörðr, brother of the goddess Freyja. The gods gave him Álfheimr, the realm of the Elves, as a teething present. He rides the shining dwarf-made boar Gullinbursti and possesses the ship Skíðblaðnir which always has a favorable breeze and can be folded together and carried in a pouch when it is not being used. He has the servants Skírnir, Byggvir, and Beyla.

The most extensive surviving Freyr myth relates Freyr's falling in love with the female jötunn Gerðr. Eventually, she becomes his wife but first Freyr has to give away his magic sword which fights on its own "if wise be he who wields it". Although deprived of this weapon, Freyr defeats the jötunn Beli with an antler. However, lacking his sword, Freyr will be killed by the fire jötunn Surtr during the events of Ragnarök.

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