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Freyr (sometimes anglicized Frey, from *frawjaz "lord") is one of the most important gods of Norse paganism. Freyr was associated with sacral kingship, virility and prosperity, with sunshine and fair weather, and was pictured as a phallic fertility god, Freyr "bestows peace and pleasure on mortals". Freyr, sometimes referred to as Yngvi-Freyr, was especially associated with Sweden and seen as an ancestor of the Swedish royal house.
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.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Stuart, Roderick W. Royalty for commoners: the complete known lineage of John of Gaunt (4th ed.): Son of Edward III, King of England, and Queen Phillippa. (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogy Pub., c2002), p. 122.
- Freyr, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
- The Saga Library, F Ice. 1, "Heimskringla", v. 1, p. 4, 22-25.
- The Viking Age, Gen. Hist. 19, v. 1, p. 63-67.
- Attarskra Bjarni Thorsteinsson, Ice. FH 1, p. 435.
- Odin and Descendants, Norw. FH 106, Tab. 1.