What follows is an extensive listing of the Norse Gods, Goddesses, Giants, Dwarves, Spirits and other Mythical Creatures and Supernatural Beings, along with a short explanation of each.

A

  • Aclis – Twin gods worshiped by the Teutons, said to be the sons of the Sky God.
  • Aegir – God of the Sea (or Ocean Giant), who lived on Hlesey island. He was skilled in magic. He can be good or evil. He and Ran have nine wave daughters, or “undines”. He represents gold, prosperity, sailors, sunken treasure, brewing, control of wind and waves. Mistblindi is his father and Logi is his brother.
  • Æsir, Asynur – A plural word meaning “pillars”; or “supports”; and is the collective name of the Old Norse Gods of the family of which Odin was the patriarch. The singular is Ase or Áss. Ása is used as a prefix to denote that the God or Goddess is of the Æsirî.
  • Agnar – Older brother of King Geirrod, son of King Hraudung. He was lost when ten winters old on a fishing trip with his brother and, after being washed ashore, was looked after for the winter by Odin and Frigga.
  • Ai – A Dwarf from the race of Lovar.
  • Alaisiagae – War Goddesses. See Valkyries.
  • Alf  – Elf; sometimes male ancestral spirits.
  • Alfar – Plural of Alf. The Elves, which are divided into three races Ljosalfar, Dokkalfar, and Svartalfar, or Light Elves, Dark Elves and Black Elves, the last also called Dwarves. All of the Alfar are wise magicians. They will frequently take an interest in individual humans, as shown by such names as Alfred (Elf-counsel), Aelfgifu (Elf-gift), and so forth The Alfar are also unpredictable, taking pleasure or offense at the slightest things; your manners and bearing are exceedingly important in dealing with these wights.
  • Alfrik, Algfrig – An artistic Dwarf, a son of Mimir . With Berling, Dvalin, and Grer, he forged Freya’s incredible Brising necklace. To get the jewelry she spent one night with each of them.
  • Allfather, Alföder, Alfödr – One of the titles of Odin, “The Oldest of the Gods”.
  • Allsvinn – Allsvinn is one of Sun’s two horses that drags the sun (the other is Arvak). They are chased by two wolves. Allsvinn has protection-runes carved on his hoofs. Arvaker is the other horse.
  • Alsvid – The horse that pulls the chariot of the moon, driven by the god Moon. Under the shoulder-blades of the horse the gods put two bellows to cool them, and in some poems that is called “iron-cold”.
  • Althjof –  A soil dwelling Dwarf.
  • Alves, Elves – There are both Light Elves and Dark Elves. The Elves are good and have Freyr as their leader, but the Black Elves or Dwarves are evil-minded.
  • Alvis – One of the wisest dwarves. He is known for demanding to marry Thrud, Thor’s daughter. Thor challenged him until the the sun rose and turned him to stone.
  • Andhrimnir – Andhrimnir is the cook that slaughters the boar Saehrimnir every night. The meat is given to the hungry warriors in Valhalla. Eldhrimnir is the pot that Andhrimnir cooks in.
  • Andvari – A Dwarf, a shape-shifter, who lived as a pike in a pool in Svartalfheim.
  • Angrboda, Angr-boda – A Jotun-Giantess, the mother, by Loki, of horrible monster children Hel, Fenrir-wolf, and Jormungand, the Midgard serpent. She lives in Ironwood, may be related to Skadi.
  • Annarr – A by-name of Odin. Also, the second husband of Night/Natt, with one daughter by her called Earth/Erda (Nerthus).
  • Ari – Ari is an Eagle-Giant who frightens the dead outside Nifilhel. Nifelhel is the kingdom of the Death-Goddess Hel. Hel takes care of those who have died of age or misfortune.
  • Aridva – A rock dwelling Dwarf.
  • Arvak, Arvaker – One of Sun’s two horses that drags the sun’s chariot, chased by the wolves Hati and Skoll. Arvaker has protection-runes in his ear. Under the shoulder-blades of the horses the gods put bellows to cool them. Allsvinn is the other horse.
  • Asa, Asa-Gods – A God of the Æsir; The Æsir; also used to refer to the Æsir and Vanir together. Ases (pl)
  • Ása-Thór – Thor, the thunder god’s full name.
  • Åsgardsreia – A band of superantural entities, with Odin at the helm, riding across the sky at Yuletide amidst much noise and rowdiness. See Wild Hunt.
  • Askr and Embla – Origin of humanity, the first man and woman. The first man, Askr, was made from an Ash tree. His wife, Embla, was an Elm.
  • Asvid, Asvido – A ruler of the Giants.The Gant who carved runes of wisdom on Yggdrasil.
  • Asynjor, Asynjur – The Goddesses; feminine version of Æsir; also female attendants of Frigga in Vingolf. One of them, a healer, was called Eir. Others were named Fjorgyn, Frimia, Fimila, and Hnossa the beautiful.
  • Atrid – Another name for Odin.
  • Aud – Son of Nagifari and Night.
  • Audhumla – The name of the mythological sacred cow–the primeval shaping force of the Cosmos, created from the moisture where the heat from Muspelheim collided with the frosty fog of Niflheim. The great cow produced Buri by licking on the salty rocks of Ginnungagap and nourished the Giant Ymir with her milk .
  • Aurboda – The mountain Giantess Aurboda is Gymir’s wife. Together they have the son Beli and the daughter Gerd, a beautiful Goddess that Freyr married. Freyr had to give away his self-wielding sword to get his bride.
  • Aurgelmir – The primal being. The Frost Giants’ name for Ymir.
  • Aurochs -The extinct wild ox of Europe, last seen alive in 1627. Symbolized by the rune Uruz.
  • Aurvandil – The friendly Giant Aurvandil is the sybil Groa’s husband. Aurvandil was the foster father of Thjalfi (Thor’s servant). On their way back from killing the Giant Hrungnir, Thor and his companions were met by a violent snowstorm and a freezing cold. Thor saved Aurvandil from a certain death and carried him over the Elivogar straits from Jotunheimur to the citadel of the Elves. During the trip Thor did not notice that one of Aurvandil’s toes was exposed. It froze, so Thor broke it off and cast it up into the heavens, where it still stands as the star called Aurvandil’s Toe.
  • Austri – The Dwarf who was put in the sky’s east corner by Odin, Vili and Ve. The sky is made out of the Giant Ymir’s head. The other three dwarves were Nordri, Sudri and Vestri.

B

  • Bafur – A soil-dwelling Dwarf.
  • Balder, Baldr, Baldur– Æsir son of Odin and Frigga. Known as the Shining God; the Bleeding God. Sacred wells sprang from the hoof marks of his horse. He represents light, advice, reconciliation, beauty, gentleness, reincarnation, wisdom, harmony, happiness. Balder will return from Helheim after Ragnarok and will rule as one of the new Gods.
  • Baleyg – Another name for Odin.
  • Bara – One of Aegir and Ran’s nine wave-daughters who are said to be the mothers of Heimdall, the guardian of the Bifrost bridge.
  • Bari – A Dwarf that was instrumental in the building of Mengloth’s hall, Lyr.
  • Baugi – An Etin Giant, Suttung’s brother and son of Gilling.
  • Bearers of Fate – These are the entities who are attached to an individual and carry that individual’s fate, thus influencing his or her life and actions. Entities that belong to this group include the fetch  and the lesser Norns, as well as in certain instances Valkyries and Dises.
  • Beli – Gymir’s and Aurboda’s son and brother to Freyr’s wife, Gerd. He is the leader of the barking Giants.
  • Beowulf – An Anglo-Saxon hero, noted for fighting the Grendl monster; an epic poem of the same name.
  • Berchta, Perchta – A Germanic Goddess, wanders through the fields during Yuletide bringing them fertility and also causing harm. She has bulging eyes, wrinkles and tangled hair.
  • Bergelmir – The Deluge Giant Bergelmir is Thrudgelmir’s son and Ymir’s grandson. He and his wife were the only two Giants to survive the flood of Ymir’s blood. In that way he kept the Giant race from dying. He is called Father of all Giants.
  • Berling – Berling forged the Love Goddess Freya’s Brising necklace together with the Dwarves Alfrik, Dvalin and Grer. The payment was that she spent one night with each of them. He is a Dwarf son of Ivaldi .
  • Berserkers – Men who could turn themselves into bears (like werewolves) in battle. They were seized with an uncontrollable madness for bloodshed.
  • Bestla – The Frost Giantess Bestla married Buri’s son, Bor, and gave birth to the three Gods; Odin, Vili and Ve. She is daughter to Bolthorn and Ymir, and sister to Mimir.
  • Beyla – Beyla is Freyr’s servant. She is married to Byggvir and they live together with Freyr and Gerd on the farm Alfheim. Her major task there is to milk the cows.
  • Biflidd, Biflindi – Another name for Odin.
  • Bifur – A soil-dwelling Dwarf.
  • Bil and Hjuki – The Moon-God, Nepur, took these children from Byrgir Well while they carried mead from the well with Sœg (“Tub”) and Simul (“Carrying- pole”). They followed the moon on its way until their father, Ivaldi, battled with Nepur and reclaimed them. Bil later becomes Saga. Idun is their sister.
  • Bileyg – Another name for Odin.
  • Billing –  Elf of the twilight or west.
  • The Giant Billing is the master of the Vanirs. He is Gilling’s brother, Rind’s father and Vali’s grandfather. His warriors protects Sol and Mane.
  • Bjart – One of the Love-Goddess Freya’s eight sisters. The God of storm and fishing, Njord is her father. The fertility God Freyr is her brother.
  • Blid – Blid is one of the Love-Goddess Freya’s eight sisters. The God of storm and fishing, Njord is her father. The fertility God Freyr is her brother.
  • Blodighofi – Blodighofi is Freyr’s horse, which was given to Skirnir, when he rode to Jotunheim to get Gerd for him. The horse wasn’t afraid of either fire or smoke.
  • Boar – An animal sacred to Freyr. His boar, Gullinbursti, has golden bristles.
  • Blodughadda – One of Aegir and Ran’s nine wave-daughters who are said to be the mothers of Heimdall. the guardian of the Bifrost bridge.
  • Boe – In Saxo’s account of the Baldr story, the son of Rind is called Boe instead of Vali.
  • Bolthorn – Odin’s grandfather, a Giant. Bolthorn is father to Bestla, Bor’s wife and mother of Odin, Vili and Ve. He is also the father of Mimer.
  • Bolverk – The Giant disguise used by Odin to get the Mead of Poetry.
  • Bombor – Soil dwelling Dwarf.
  • Bor, Borr – A supernatural man, son of Buri, a Giant who was created when the cow Audhumbla licked at a stone. He is married to the Giantess Bestla and is the father of Odin, Vili and Ve.
  • Bragi, Brage – God of poetry, eloquence, and boasting. Son of Odin and Gunnlod; married to Idhuna. He greets new arrivals to Valhalla with songs of their deeds. His virtues are wit, cunning, wisdom, music, writing, the arts. He is the patron of skalds and minstrels.
  • Breidablik – Baldr’s and Nanna’s hall in Asgard; a magnificent palace. No unclean thing is permitted to be there.
  • Brimer – Brimer (Ymir) is a Giant that owns the island Ókolnir. There he has his feast hall in which the Giants celebrates when Ragnarok is coming.
  • Brokk – A Dwarf; superb smith and jeweler, son of Ivaldi. He was pictured as small and blackened from the smithy.
  • Brynhild, Brynhildr –  A Valkyrie and servant to Odin; a shape-shifter who often used a swan disguise.
  • Budli – Father of Atli (Attila the Hun) and Brunhild.
  • Buri, Bure – Supernatural being licked from the salty rocks of Ginnungagap by Audhumla, the primal cow. Father of Bor, who is father of Odin, Vili and Ve.
  • Byggvir – Companion God of Freyr. The God of ale/beer and corn, Byggvir is married to Beyla. He is Freyr’s servant and lives at Freyr’s farm Alfheim. His task is to take care of the world-mill and its grist.
  • Byleist – The Storm-Giant Byleist is Farbauti’s and Laufey’s son. He has two brothers, the trickster Loki and the Water-Giant Helblindi.
  • Bylgja -One of Aegir and Ran’s nine wave-daughters who are said to be the mothers of Heimdall, the guardian of the Bifrost bridge.

D

  • Dain – A ruler of the Elves.
  • Daughters of Aegir – The waves of the sea. Also the “undines”, Aegir’s and Ran’s nine daughters, born of the waves.
  • Delling – Red Elf of the dawn or east; lover of Nott (Night). Day is their son. Delling is the guard at Breidablik. His name means ‘the one who is light-complexioned’
  • Dis, Disir, (Desir – Plural of dis). – Ancestral female spirits to whom Winter Nights and Disting are holy. They watch over the family in general but more particularly the person who will carry on the line. The Disirs work under Freya. The Valkyries are Disir.
  • Dokkalfar – The Dark Elves, who dwell in mounds, hillocks and rocks. They have much in common with the Disir, being thought to be in some aspects the masculine counterparts of these beings. They are great magicians and teachers of magic. The term “Dark Elves” refers to their abodes, and not to their appearance or moral character.
  • Dolgthvari – Rock dwelling Dwarf.
  • Dori – Rock dwelling Dwarf.
  • Draugr, Draug, Draugar – The undead, or animated corpse, also called aptrgangr (“after-goer”). Draugrs are extremely strong and as such can be very dangerous. They were said to commonly kill the living by applying a massively strong slap to the head. Draugr’s should never be looked at directly as it is said that they can steel vital önd from a person by gazing at them alone. Runes are carved on gravestones to prevent the dead from rising and walking again among men.
  • Draumkonur – Dream women, able to foresee and interpret through their dreams, a witch or volva
  • Duneyr – A deer which lives in the world tree Yggdrasil together with three other deer. The second deer is Duratror and the other two are Dwarves in deer shape.
  • Durathor – The deer Durathor lives in Yggdrasil with three other deer. The second deer is Duneyr and the other two are Dwarves in deer shape.
  • Durin – One of the most mighty dwarves, from the start of time. He knows the destiny of the old dwarves. He is Mimir’s first son, the eldest of Dwarves.
  • Duva – One of Aegir and Ran’s nine wave daughters who are said to be the mothers of Heimdall, the guardian of the Bifrost bridge.
  • Dvalin – A ruler of the dwarves. Dvalin is one of the most powerful dwarves. He was also a skilled smith and able to read runes before any other Dwarf was. He forged the Brising necklace and Tyrfing, the magic sword.
  • Dvergar – Another name for the Svartalfar or Dwarves.
  • Dwarves – The Dwarves are short and greedy beings that were magots in the prehistoric Giant Ymir’s body. Like goblins they fear the sun. The Dwarves are often evil-minded, but they are talented smiths and they have forged mostly of the Æsirs’ treasures. They live in knotholes and caves.

E

  • Edda – Both the name of a woman and the title of Snorri’s Skalding (poetry) primer. The woman Edda bears a son by Rig (Heimdall), who has paid a visit to Midgardhr to foster a new race of humans. The boy is named Thrall and becomes ancestor for the lowest class of people, the serfs.
  • Eggther – The watchman of the Giants, guard of the Giants’ world, Jotunheim. Eggther lives in the forest Galgvid. He is also the the guardian of Volund’s sword of revenge. He plays happily on his harp when he hears the rooster tell that Ragnarok is coming.
  • Egil – Father of Thjalfi, Thor’s servant, married to a Valkyrie. Brother of Volund the smith, and Slagfin.
  • Eikinskjaldi – The Dwarf Eikinskjaldi was a skillful artist.
  • Eikthrynir, Eiktyrnir – The stag on roof of Valhalla, that feeds on the World Tree. Dew drips from his horns and flows into Hvergelmir and then into the rivers
  • Einherjar – Army of all men who fall in battle, they are adopted as Odin’s sons. He allots to them the halls Valhalla and Vingólf. There they await Ragnarok, when they will join the Gods in fighting the Giants. They spend most of their time fighting, eating, and drinking.
  • Einmyria – A daughter of Loki and Glut. Her sister is Eisa.
  • Eír – Goddess of healing and medicine. One of Frigga’s handmaidens, with Vor and Var. She is one of Freya’s eight sisters and Njord’s daughter. She probably lives in the hall Skimmer with the rest of the sisters.
  • Eisa – A daughter of Loki and Glut. Her sister is Einmyria.
  • Eitri – A Dwarf and metal worker. He was pictured as small and blackened from the smithy.The Dwarf Eitri is son of Ivaldi and brother of Brokk and Sindri.
  • Eldir – Eldir is Aegir’s cock. During one of Aegir’s feasts, Eldir tried to prevent Loki from getting in, because he knew everybody said bad things about him.
  • Elli, Elde – Utgardh-Loki’s grandmother. She was asked, as a part of a friendly game, to wrestle Thor because she was the weakest of giants in Utgardh-Loki’s. She wrestled Thor down to his knees. A trick, since the thin but very strong Giantess Elli represents old age.
  • Elves. Alves – Elves are the sons of Mirmir, while Dwarves are the sons of Ivaldi. See Alfar.
  • Embla and Askr – Origin of humanity , the first man and woman. The first man, Askr, was made from an Ash tree. His wife, Embla, was an Elm.
  • Eostre, Ostara – Saxon lunar goddess, patron of springtime and hares (Easter Bunny). The Christian holiday for the resurection of Jesus usurped Ostara’s celebration, and is now called “Easter”. An aspect of the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora.
  • Erda, Earth, Jörd-The Earth-Goddess Erda is the mother of Thor, with Odin. Erda is daughter to the Night-Disir Natt/Night and her second husband of three, Annar.
  • Erilaz – (plural is Eriloz.) A vitki and runemaster who is also a priest (godhi). See Erulian.
  • Erulian – Member of the ancient gild of runemasters who formed an inter-tribal network of initiates in the Germanic mysteries.
  • Etin – A type of Giant known for its strength. Also a generic name for Giant, which is a living entity of great age, strength, and often great occult knowledge. Etins are usually friendly to the Gods, while Jotuns are unfriendly.
  • Etin-Wife – A female Etin taken in magical marriage.

F

  • Fafnir, Fåvne – Fafnir is the son of Hreidmar and brother of Otter and Regin. He was killed as a dragon by Sigurd Fafnisbari when he guarded his gold treasure.
  • Fal – A Dwarf.
  • Falhofnir – Horse of the Æsir used to ride to Gladsheim, their Court of Justice, each day.
  • Farbauti – A Fire Giant. He is married to Laufey and is the father of Loki, Byleist and Helblindi. Laufey gave birth to Loki while being struck by a bolt of fire from Farbauti.
  • Farmagud – Another name for Odin.
  • Fenja – One of the two Jotun giantesses who are able to produce gold with the giant mill “Grotte”.
  • Fenrir, Fenris, Fenrisulven – Monster wolf offspring of Loki with Giantess Angrboda, brother of Hel and the World Serpent. He is father to Hati.
  • Fili – Soil-dwelling Dwarf
  • Finn – A Dwarf.
  • Fire Giants – The inhabitants of Muspellheim, sworn enemies of the gods.
  • Fjalar – Fjalar is a mean Dwarf, who with the help of his brother, Galar, kills the Giant Kvæsir. They make the Mead of Poetry from his blood, but they later are forced to give it away. Also the cock whose crowing wakes the Giants for the final struggle of Ragnarok.
  • Fjölkunnig kona – A wise woman in ancient Iceland. A cunning-woman or witch, but not necessarily in a derogatory sense.
  • Fjölkunnig madhr – A wise man in ancient Iceland.
  • Fjolnir – Minor God of wisdom and learning. Possibly another name for Odin.
  • Fjölsvid – A by-name of Odin.
  • Fjolvar – The Giant Fjolvar owns the island Allgron, where he and Odin spent five years seducing seven foolish girls.
  • Fjörgynn – Weather God, father of Frigga.
  • Forn Sedh – In Sweden and some other Northern European counties, Ásatrú is known by this name.
  • Forseti – Axe-God of justice, savior of the devout, winner of just lawsuits. He represents justice, good laws, arbitration, peace, fairness, good judgment. Son of Balder and Nanna. His hall is called Glitner.
  • Freki – One of Odin’s two wolves. The other one is Geri. They get all the meat that is served to Odin in Valhalla because he himself prefers wine.
  • Freyr, Frey, Fro, Ingve-Frey – Vana-God, brother-consort of Freya; son of Njord and Njord’s sister, Nerthus. Fertility and creativity God; God of Yule; God of wealth and peace and contentment. He is also the ancestor of the royal bloodline of the Yngling family, early rulers of Norway/Sweden/Denmark.
  • Freya, Freyja – Member of the Vanir who lives with the Æsir, daughter of Njord, sister-consort of Freyr. Hers is the magic of reading runes, trancing and casting spells. As leader of the Valkyries, she takes half those slain in battle and is traditionally associated with death and sexuality. She was married to the God Od, perhaps identical to Odin, who mysteriously disappeared. Freya had two daughters, Hnoss and Gersimi, with Od.
  • Frid – Frid is one of the Love-Goddess Freya’s eight sisters. The God of storms and fishing, Njord is her father. The Fertility God Freyr is her brother.
  • Friagabis – Saxon goddess of plenty.
  • Frigg, Frigga, Frija – Frigga is the clairvoyant mistress of Asgard. Daughter of Fjorgynn and Fjordgyn. She is Odin’s wife, with whom she has six sons and one daughter, including Balder and Hodur. Æsir Goddess of settled civilization, she represents married sexuality. She is the Goddess of childbirth, sun symbolism, and is an aspect of fate.
  • Fro – Byname of Freyr.
  • Frodi – A Vanir god whose name means “The Fruitful One”
  • Frosti – A Dwarf.
  • Frowe – By-name of Freya.
  • Frost-Giants – Most of the Frost Giants drowned in Ymir’s blood when the gods killed him, and their souls migrated down into the northernmost part of the Underworld, the dark and foggy Niflhel. A few of the youngest Frost-Giants barely escaped, and crawled onto the beach of the northernmost part of the Earth, which is called Jotunheimr.
  • Fulla – Sister of Frigga, also called Volla. She carries the coffer of life and death. Although a virgin, she represents aspects of sexuality. Fulla was also known as Abundia, or Abundantia in some parts of Germany, where she was considered the symbol of the fullness of the earth. She is described as an Æsir Goddess with long hair and a golden snood.
  • Fundin – Soil-dwelling Dwarf.

G

  • Gagnrad – The name Odin chose to call himself when visiting Vafthrudnir.
  • Galar – A mean Dwarf and brother of Fjalar. They killed Kvasir and mixed his blood with honey in pot called Odrerir and then vats called Son and Bodn, created the Mead of Poetry.
  • Galdalf – Galdalf is told to be the eighteenth of the prehistoric Dwarves. The name means ‘magician’.
  • Galdrakona – A woman who practices galdor magic, a witch or volva. Magic chant singing done by a woman.
  • Gandalf – A Dwarf.
  • Gang – Giant Gang is Olvalde’s youngest son and brother to Tjatsi and Ide. When the father had died the brothers rapidly shared his beer. This was the first time they were all quiet.
  • Ganglati – Giant Ganglati is is one of the servants of Death-Goddess Hel and lives with her underground. Ganglati was so slow that no one ever could tell he was moving.
  • Gangleri – Another name for Odin.
  • Ganglot – Serving maid of Hel.
  • Gap-tooth – The name of one of Thor’s goats that pulls his divine chariot through the sky.
  • Gardrofa – The mare Gardrofa and the horse Hamskerpir are the parents of Gna’s grey horse Hoof-flourisher.
  • Garm – Hel’s monster wolf dog, who guards the island where Loki and his wolf-son, Fenrir, are chained. Hound of the Underworld, the most evil dog, he is bound with iron chains to guard the entrance Gnipahellir until Ragnarok. Also called Mánagarm.
  • Gaut – By-name of Odin.
  • Gefn, Gefjun, Gefjon – Vanir Goddess of gift-giving, the All-Giver. She is associated with sowing of fields, crop and human fertility, celebrated with wagon rituals and plough rites at the New Year. As an aspect of fate, she is called in oath taking. Goddess of unmarried women, also one of the maidens in Frigga’s palace. To her were entrusted all those who died unwedded, whom she received and made happy for ever. She did not remain a virgin herself, but married a Giant, by whom she had four sons. Gefjon later married Skjold, one of Odin’s sons, and became the ancestress of the royal Danish Skioldungs.
  • Geirahöd – A Valkyrie who serves ale to the Einheriar in Valhalla.
  • Geiravor – A Valkyrie.
  • Geirdriful – A Valkyrie.
  • Geirolu – A Valkyrie.
  • Geirrod – A cunning Giant and ironsmith.
  • Geirromul – A Valkyrie.
  • Geirrondul – A Valkyrie.
  • Geirskigull – A Valkyrie.
  • Gerahod – A Valkyrie.
  • Geri – Geri is one of Odin’s two wolves. The other one is Freki. They get all the meat that is served to Odin because he only drinks wine.
  • Gerd, Gerdh – A Frost Giantess who married Freyr. The beautiful Gerd is Gymir and Aurboda’s daughter and Beli’s sister. She is known for her shining beauty. When she raises her arms everything shines.
  • Gersimi – Goddess of beauty, Freya’s daughter with Od. The beautiful Hnoss is her sister. The name Gersimi means ‘jewelry’
  • Gestumblindi – In the contest of riddles with King Heidrek the Wise, the last riddle about Odin’s whisperings to Balder reveal that Gestumblindi is actually Odin.
  • Giants and Giantesses – In Old Norse the word risi meant a true Giant of great size, capable of intermarrying with humans; they were usually beautiful and good. The jotnar, singular jötunn, had great strength and age and were also called etins. The thursar, singular thurs, were antagonistic, destructive, and stupid. The Giants in Northern mythology (such as the Frost Giants, the Mountain Giants and the Fire Giants) represent the raw forces of Nature in their primitive form. The Giants are often big, clumsy, magic-skilled, and sometimes evil-minded creatures.
  • Gilling – The Giant Gilling is Billing’s brother. Gilling and his wife were killed by the evil Dwarves Galar and Fjalar, who brewed the Mead of Poetry. His son, Suttung took revenge.
  • Gils – Horse of the Æsir used to ride to Glasheim, their Court of Justice, each day.
  • Ginar – A Dwarf.
  • Gjalp – The Giantess Gjalp is Geirod’s daughter and Greip’s sister. She tries to stop Thor from passing a lake by flooding it with urine.
  • Glad, Gyllir, Glœr, Skeidbrimir, Silfrtopp, Sinir, Gils, Falhofnir, and Lettfeti – The Æsir’s horses
    Gladsheim – One of the names of Odin’s hall, also called “Shining Home”, “Hlidskjalt”, and “High Seat”. It lies on the plain of Ida.
  • Glapsvid – Another name for Odin.
  • Glen – Glen is the Light-Disir Sun’s husband. Before Ragnarok they gave birth to a daughter who they named Sunna. She took over her mother’s task in the new world.
  • Gloin – A rock dwelling Dwarf.
  • Glut – One of Loki’s wives.
  • Gna – Frigga’s swift messenger, mounted on her steed Hofvarpnir, would travel through fire and air, over land and sea, and was therefore considered the personification of the refreshing breeze. She saw all that was happening on earth and told her mistress all she knew.
  • God of the Shield – By-name for Ullr.
  • Goin – One of many serpents who gnaw at the roots of the great tree Yggdrasil.
  • Goldtooth – Another name for Heimdall as he had teeth of gold.
  • Göll – A Valkyrie who serves ale to the Einheriar in Valhalla.
  • Gollinkambi, Gullinkambe – The cockerel in Yggdrasil, waits to signal the Gods and the warriors of Valhalla for the final battle of Ragnarok.
  • Göndul – Gondul with Hildr and Skögul, are the most noble Valkyries in Asgard. Their task is to choose the men permitted to go to Valhalla. She is often associated with war magic.
  • Gondlir – Another name for Odin.
  • Grabak – One of many serpents who gnaw at the roots of the great tree Yggdrasil.
  • Grafrollud – One of many serpents who gnaw at the roots of the great tree Yggdrasil.
  • Grane, Grani – Grane is Sigurdr’s grey horse, the son of Sleipnir. Grane will not bear any other rider than Sigurdr. When Sigurdr dies even Grane dies. Grane has runes carved into his chest.
  • Grendel – The monster that was slain by Beowulf.
  • Grer – Dwarf Grer forged the love Goddess Freya’s beautiful Brising necklace, together with Alfrik, Berling and Dvalin. To get the jewelry she spent one night with each of them
  • Greip – Daughter of Geirrod who, along with the other daughter Gialp, tried to push Thor’s seat to the ceiling to crush him. Thor used Grid’s magic pole to push back down and broke their backs.
  • Grid – The Giantess who warned Thor against Geirrod and Loki. She gave Thor his magic strength-belt and iron gloves. Grid is a friendly Giantess who had a son, Vidar with Odin.
  • Grim – A by-name of Odin.
  • Grimnir – A disguise Odin used when visiting a king’s court. He appeared wearing a blue cloak and large hat. The king’s dogs would not bark at him.
  • Groa – The wife of Aurvandil the Bold, a sorceress who chanted spells until Hrungnir’s whetstone started to come loose from Thor’s head, but Thor interrupted her with story of Aurvandil’s toe getting frozen off while Thor carried him a basket across Elivagar river. Groa got distracted and couldn’t finish the spells, so the whetstone stayed in Thor’s forehead.
  • Gudr – A Valkyrie.
  • Gullfaxi – The horse of the Giant Hrugnir, who raced against Odin riding Sleipnir, and lost. Thor obtained him when he killed the Giant, but he gave the horse to his son Magni.
  • Gullinbursti – Gullinbursti is one of two boars that drag Freyr’s chariot. The other one is Slidrugtanni. Gullinbursti’s golden bristles light up the dark. It was forged by the Dwarf-smith Brokk.
  • Gulltop – Heimdall’s horse with a golden mane. He can fly with great speed. Heimdall only rides him at formal ceremonies, for example when they were going to burn Balder’s dead body.
  • Gullveig, Gollveig, Heid – Also called “Golden Branch”, “Gleaming One”. A member of the Vanir who came to live with the Aesir. She was a handmaiden to Freya and taught her seidr. Gullveig may be the Giantess Agnriboda, who bore with Loki the monsters Hel, Fenrir and the Midgard Serpent.
  • Gungne, Gungnir – Odin’s magical spear, forged by the Dwarf Brokk. When Odin threw the spear over an army, it meant that they were going to die in battle and lose the war.
  • Gunnlod, Gunnlauth, Gunnloed – Jotun-Giantess, daughter of Suttung. She guards the Mead of Poetry in an underground cavern. After Odin spent three nights with her, she let him taste it.  Nine months later Gunnlod gave birth to Bragi.
  • Gunnr – Gunnr and Róta and the youngest norn, called Skuld, ride to choose who shall be slain and to govern the killings.
  • Gylfi – king of Sweden.
  • Gyllenkamme – Rooster in the top of Yggdrasil. He has a gold crest. His task is to count to sixty, sixty times twelve and then wake up the Norns sleeping around the Urdawell.
  • Gymir – The Mountain Giant Gymir is Aurboda’s husband. Together they have the son Beli and the daughter Gerd, a beautiful Giantess who married Freyr.

H

  • Hajlmthrimull – A Valqyrie.
  • Haliarunos – Wise women of the Gothic tribe who used runes.
  • Hallinskisdi – Another name for Heimdall.
  • Hamingja – A part of the soul that is passed on from generation to generation, associated with the fylgja.
  • Hamskerpir – Hamskerpir and the mare Gardrofa are the parents of Gna’s grey horse Hoof-flourisher.
  • Hangadrott – One of Odin’s many names.
  • Haptagud – Another name for Odin.
  • Harbard – Another name for Odin.Ferryman disguise used by Odhinn.
  • Harn – The Goddess of flax-dressing.
  • Har – A Dwarf.
  • Hárr – Another name of Odin.
  • Harts – Four harts (deer) gnaw the high branches of Yggdrasil: Dáin, Dvalin, Duneyr, Durathrór.
  • Hati Hrodvitnisson – A wolf that runs in front of the Lightdisir Sun and her horses over the sky. Skoll is the wolf that runs behind Sun. They are the Fenrir wolf’s sons and live in the Ironforest.
  • Hati and Skoll – The wolves chasing the sun and moon, sons of Fenrir.
  • Haur – Rock dwelling Dwarf.
  • Heidi – A witch from the ‘Song of the Sybil’, raised from the dead by Odin. A farseeing witch, wise in talismans, caster of spells, cunning in magic. Odin gave her arm-rings and necklaces to learn her lore, to see through all the worlds.
  • Heidrun – The goat on roof of Valhalla that feeds from branches of the World Tree. From her four udders come range beer, old beer, honey mead and wine for the Einheriar.
  • Heimdall, Heimdal – He is also called “the Son of the Waves” because he was born from the Nine Waves (Aegir’s daughters) by Odin’s enchantment. “The White God”; he is the Guardian of Bifrost bridge. His horse’s name is Golden Forelock.
  • Hel, Hela – Giant Goddess of Death and the Underworld which takes her name. She rules Helheimr (Gniprhel, Niflhel), the home of the dead who have not died in battle. She is the daughter of Angrboda and Loki, sister to Jormungand, Fenrir and Narfi. She is described as half black, half flesh-covered.
  • Helblindi – A Water-Giant. His parents are Farbauti and Laufey. The trickster Loki and the Storm-Giant Byleist are his brothers.
  • Heptifili – A Dwarf.
  • Herfjötur – A Valkyrie who serves ale to the Einheriar in Valhalla. She often rides down to Midgard to pick the human warriors that are brave enough to go to Valhalla.
  • Herja – A Valkyrie.
  • Herjan – Another name for Odin.
  • Hermod, Hermodh – Asa Messenger of the Gods. The brave Hermod is the son of Odin and Frigga. Odin gave him the task to ride down to Nifilhel to bring Balder home after he had been shot by his brother Hodur. Hermod represents honor and bravery.
  • Herteit – Another name for Odin.
  • Hervor – Valkryie daughter of Hlovde who took Volund the smith as her lover. She, along with two other Valkryies, had flown to earth seeking love. The Norns forced each to leave their husbands after nine years, never to return.
  • Hevring – One of Aegir and Ran’s nine wave daughters who are said to be the mothers of Heimdall, the guardian of the Bifrost bridge.
  • Hilda, Hildr – A Valkyrie who serves ale to the Einheriar in Valhalla. Göndul, Hildr and Skögul, are the most noble Valkyries in Asgard. Their task is to choose the men permitted to go to Valhalla. Hildr personifies the unforgiving war.
  • Hildeberg – A Valkyrie.
  • Hildegun – A Valkyrie. The Light-Disir Hildegun was kidnapped when she was young and married to the emperor of the Dwarves, Ivaldi. Their children are Idun, Hjuki and Bil.
  • Hildisvin – A great sow belonging to Freya. She travels at great speeds and is sometimes ridden by Freya.
  • Hildolf – Mentioned in Hárbarrdsljó, Hildolf lives at Rathsey’s sound.
  • Himinglava – One of Aegir and Ran’s nine wave-daughters who are said to be the mothers of Heimdall, the guardian of the Bifrost bridge.
  • Himinhrjot, Himinhrjotur – Giant Hymir’s huge breeding bull with half-moon shaped horns, the largest of his oxen. Thor used its head as bait while fishing for the Midgard Serpent.
  • Hjámberi – A by-name of Odin.
  • Hjorthrimul – A Valkyrie.
  • Hjuki – Hjuki and his sister Bil were sent up to the moon with a bowl full of mead. There they follow the moon on its way around the earth. Their parents are Ivaldi and the Disir Hildegun.
  • Hlebard – The Giant who gave Odin the magic wand, Gambantein. When Odin got the wand he made Hlebard lose his mind.
  • Hledolf – A rock dwelling Dwarf.
  • Hler – Primal water God, also called Aegir.
  • Hlin – Goddess of compassion and consolation, Frigga’s second attendant. She was sent to kiss away the tears of mourners and pour balm into hearts wrung by grief. She also listened to the prayers of mortals, carrying them to her mistress, and advising her at times how best to answer them and give the desired relief. She protects people whom Frigga wishes to “save” from a danger.
  • Hlokk – A Valkyrie who serves ale to the Einheriar in Valhalla. Hlokk often rides down to Midgard to pick the human warriors that are brave enough to go to Valhalla.
  • Hnikar, Hnikud – One of the personas of Odin.
  • Hnoss, Hnossi – Goddess of beauty, Freya’s daughter (see also Gersemi). She is so lovely that whatever is beautiful and valuable is called “treasure” from her name.
  • Hod, Hodur – An immensely strong As, son of Odin and Frigg.
  • Hoddmimir – Another name for Yggdrasil,
  • Hoenir, Honir – An Asa-God, who displayed aggressiveness and bravery. He was a great warrior but not clever. He was one of the gods that was present at the creation of man (the other two were Lodur and Odin). He will be one of the gods who will survive Ragnarok.
  • Hofvarpnir – Magic horse of the Goddess Gna, who was Frigga’s messenger. It travels across sky and sea, offspring of Hamskerpir and Gardrofa.
  • Holda, Holle, Holla, Hulda – These are German names for a Goddess who rules the weather–sunshine, snow, rain. She dwells at the bottom of a well, rides a wagon, and gives the gift of flax and spinning. She is the goddess to whom children who died as infants go.
  • Holokk – A Valkyrie.
  • Hor – A Dwarf.
  • Hraesvelg, Hrelsweg, Hrœsvelg – Wind-Giant.The giant eagle that sits at the top of Yggdrasil. From his wings comes the north wind. He is always arguing with the dragon Nidhoggr. Between the eagle’s eyes sits a hawk.
  • Hrafn – Raven, intelligence and knowledge
  • Hrauthung – A ruler of the Giants, father of Agnar and Geirröth.
  • Hreidmar – The Giant Hreidmar is a farmer-magician. He has three sons; Fafnir, Otter, and Regin.
  • Hridvitner – Another name for Fenrir wolf.
  • Hrimfaxi – Nott’s horse; drips from his bit create dew all over the world.
  • Hrimgrimir, Hrimnir – A hideous troll who sits by the gate of Hel, a Frost Giant.
  • Hrimthurs – The name of the disguised Giant who offered to build Valhalla within eighteen months to protect the Æsir from Cliff-Giants.
  • Hrist – A Valkyrie assigned to carry the drinks round and look after the table service and ale-cups in Valhalla. Hrist and Mist bring an ale horn to Odin. They are his personal servants.
  • Hrod – A Giant.
  • Hronn – Hronn is one of Aegir and Ran’s nine wave-daughters who are said to be the mothers of Heimdall, the guardian of the Bifrost bridge.
  • Hropt, Hroptatyr – Another name for Odin in Valhalla.
  • Hrossthjofur – Brother to Gullveig and Loki
  • Hrund – A Valkyrie.
  • Hrungnir, Rungnir – The strongest of the Giants, had a stone heart with three points on it. His head and shield were also made of stone.
  • Hrym – Leader of the Giants, who will steer the great ship Naglfar at Ragnarok.
  • Hugi, Huge – Hugi is the personification of the Giant Utgardh-Loki’s thoughts. When the Æsirs visited Utgardh, Hugi competed with the fast human boy, Tjalfi. Huge won because thought always is faster.
  • Huginn and Munnin – Odin’s two ravens. These Giant ravens bring news of the nine worlds to Odin.
  • Hugstari – A rock dwelling Dwarf.
  • Huldra, Hulder – Female wood- or mountain -sprites. They are very beautiful and lure men, but may be revealed by their cowtail. A runic charm, a “smjorhnutter” was carved on top of freshly churned butter so that the hulder would not steal it. See Huldru-folk.
  • Huldru-folk – The “hidden folk” are halfway in nature between trolls and landvaettir. They are peoples of the mound and forest, not slain by sunlight, but who often try to capture mortals by tricks and magic. They can be both helpful and harmful to humans. They are keepers of magical wisdom, generally related to the lore of plants and healing, though they also cause sickness at times.
  • Hunger – Hunger is the Death Goddess Hel’s plate. It is probably in her dark stronghold, Eljudnir in Nifilhel.
  • Hurler – A kenning for Thor.
  • Hvedrungs – Another name for Fenrir.
  • Hym, Hymir – Tyr’s foster father. The violent Giant Hymir can smash massive stone columns with power from his eyes. His mother had 1,800 heads and his wife has 900 heads. He owns the kettle Seaboiler which is miles deep.
  • Hyndla – Hyndla is a Giantess that rests in death slumber in a cave. She knows how every God, Giant, Dwarf and Alf are related to each other. She is great at solving inheritance disputes. Giantess who keeps the genealogy lists and the Memory Beer.
  • Hyrrokin – A Jotun-Giantess with enormous strength, who rides a wolf with a bridle of snakes.

I

  • Iarnvidiur – The trollwife Giantess of Ironwood Forest in Midgard, who breeds wolves.
  • Ide – Giant Ide is Olvalde’s middle son. Gang is his little brother and Tjatsi his big brother. When the father had died the brothers shared the beer. That was the first time they were all quiet.
  • Idis, Idisi – In Germanic mythology, Goddesses of fate related to the Norns. In the first Merseburger Magic Poem they also appear as battle virgins after the manner of Valkyries and as fetter- and bonds-loosening magic women. See Dis.
  • Idun, Iduna, Idhunna – Goddess of eternal life and youth, keeper of the golden apples of youth and immortality, wife of Bragi. Every year she gives one apple to every Æsir.
  • Ing, Ingvi, Ingvi-Frey – Fertility God (see also Freyr). Patronial deity of England, God of protection. Vana-God of Earth and fertility. The Swedish royal line called themselves Ynglings, as did the Anglo-Saxon line of Berenicia.
  • Ingi – A Dwarf.
  • Ingun – Mother or consort of Freyr. She may have been a face of Nerthus. She is the Progenetrix, Birthgiver and Devourer.
  • Iord, Jord, Jorth, Erda – Giantess mother of Thor by Odin.
  • Ivaldi, Ivalde – Also called Vidfinner and Svigdar. Ivaldi is the emperor of the Dwarves and father to Brokk, Eitri and Sindri. He has the children Idun, Bil and Hjuki with his wife Hildegun. His name means ‘the one who has power’. The progenitor of all craftsmen Dwarves.

J

  • Jalg, Jalk – Another name for Odin.
  • Jarnsaxa – Giantess lover of Thor and mother of his sons Magni and Modi. May have been one of the Asynjor.
  • Jord, Jorth, Erda – “Earth”; Giantess mother of Thor by Odhinn.
  • Jormungand, Iormungandr, Midgardsormr – The World Serpent, who is extremely formidable but an essential part of the world’s structure, and cannot be removed. It is the offspring of Loki and the Giant Angr-Boda, along with Hela, Narfi, and Fenris-wolf. The name Jormungand means ‘Huge Pole’.
  • Jormungrund – The underworld was the first created world, the home of Mimir and the good giants and evil frost giants.
  • Jötun, Jotunn – A race of Giants. The Jotuns come in many shapes and colours, from gastly monsters to creatures so beautiful that they outshine both humans and Gods. The Thursar, singular Thurs, were antagonistic, destructive, and stupid. A number of the Jotuns were welcomed as members of the Æsir. Loki is of Jotun heritage but was adopted as Odin’s blood-brother. There are also may stories of Æsir having affairs with fair Jotun maidens. The Jotuns represent nature’s forces of Chaos, compared to the Gods who constantly try to keep the world at staus quo. Ragnarok will be the final battle of these forces. Trolls, giants and goblins, known from folk tales, are more recent variants of Jotuns.

K

  • Kára – A Valkyrie, one of the Disir.
  • Kari – Primal air deity.
  • Karl – One of Rig’s (Heimdall’s) sons after his journey to Midgard to father a new people. Also, a free man.
  • Kili – Soil-dwelling Dwarf.
  • Kjalar – Another name for Odin.
    Kobold – Saxon: a house-sprite. Small human-shaped beings who live in or near barns and stables. If treated kindly, they are friendly.
  • Kolga – Kolga is one of Aegir and Ran’s nine wave daughters who are said to be the mothers of Heimdall, the guardian of the Bifrost bridge.
  • Kreimhildr – A Valkyrie.
  • Kvaesir, Kvasir – A wise human created by the Gods with spit in a truce between the Æsir and Vanir. He knew the answer to any question asked of him. He traveled far and wide over the world to teach his wisdom. On one visit to some Dwarves was killed by two of them, Fjalar and Galar, who brewed his blood with honey and made the Mead of Poetry.

L

  • Landvaettir – Guardian earth sprites. In this group can be classed all the beings who guard certain places, those who are bound to rocks, streams, or trees, and the lesser nature spirits in general. The landvaettir are visible to the sensitive and to those faring forth from their bodies. They also appear in dreams. They do not change shape, but an individual landvaettr may appear as almost anything.
  • Laufey – Fire Giantess Laufey is Farbauti’s wife and mother of Loki, Byleist and Helblindi. Laufey gave birth to Loki after she had been struck by a bolt of fire from Farbauti. She is also called Nál.
  • Leikin – Also called Hela or Hel.
  • Leirbrimir – A Clay-Giant.
  • Lif and Leifthrasir, Liv and Livtrase – Two human survivors of Ragnarok who will repopulate world.
  • Lit – Lit is a small Dwarf who was running around as Balder’s funeral boat was being pushed in the sea. Thor was in a bad mood so when Lit got in the way, Thor kicked the Dwarf into the fire.
  • Ljøsalfar – The Light Elves are wights of light, air and thought who dwell in the upper reaches of Midgardhr’s atmosphere, which is ruled by Freyr. They are often, though not always, personified as feminine, in contrast to the Svartalfar, who are almost always masculine. The Ljøsalfar are the keepers and teachers of wisdom and they are the source of earthly inspiration.
  • Loddfafnir – The wandering skald who recites the Runatál, the verses which he claims to have received from Odin.
  • Lodur – Lodur gave appearance and speech to the first humans. He is identified with Vé by some and Loki by others.
  • Lofar – the descendants of which were: Draupnir and Dólgthrasir, Hár, Haugspori, Hlévangur, Glói, Dori, Ori, Dufur, Andvari, Skirfir, Virfir, Skáfidur, Ái, Álf and Yngvi, Eikinskjaldi, Fjalar and Frosti, Finn and Ginnar:
  • Lofn – Goddess of forbidden love, and of passionate love affairs, an attendant to Frigga. Her duty was to remove all obstacles from the path of lovers. Her name means “Praise” or “Love”.
  • Logi, Loge – A Fire-Giant who served Utgardh-Loki. He competed and won against Loki in eating the most meat. Logi’s father is Mistblindi and Aegir is his brother.
  • Loki, Loki Laufeyiarson – A Giant who become the blood-brother of Odin. Son of the Giant Farbauti and Giantess Laufrey. Pleasing and handsome, evil in character, capricious in behavior, cunning, he is known as the Trickster God, called “Father of Lies”, Shape-changer, Sky-Traveler. Originally, he was the God of Fire. He has fiery red hair and is extremely funny and witty. He would do anything to make people laugh. Eventually, his pranks devolved into practical jokes with a streak of viciousness.
  • Long-Beard – By-name of Odin.
  • Lopt – Another name for Loki.
  • Lovar – Race of Dwarves from Svarin’s grave-mound to Aurvangar in Jöruvellir.

M

  • Magni – Son of Thor and Jarnsaxa; extremely strong at birth. Magni kills Nidhogg in Ragnarok which he survives with his brother Modi. The brothers inherit Mjollnir.
  • Mana – The Finnish Death Goddess of the Kalevala. Her realm is called Manala.
  • Måni – Moon-God. Moon is the son of Mundilfari and the Light-Disir Sol’s brother. Together with his sister Sol he was placed in the sky by the Æsirs. Moon is chased by the wolf Manegarm.
  • Manegarm, Moongarm – The most mighty wolf ever bred, Manegarm chases the Moon every night. In the battle of Ragnarok he finally catches the Moon. He eats corpses and spatter heavens with lifeblood. Manegarm was given birth by a Giantess in the Ironforest.
  • Manheimur – The name of the land where the Aesir settled during their absence from Asgard during the war with the Vanir.
  • Mardoll – An aspect of Freya.
  • Meile – Meile is Thor’s relatively unknown brother.
  • Meinvættir – Evil spirits who do one personal injury.
  • Mengloth – The bride of Svipdag who lives on the Lyfja mountain in Lyr hall. Svipdag had to take a perilous journey to marry her.
  • Menja – Jotun-Giantess, sister of Fenja, the two women responsible for turning King Frodes giant mill, Grotte.
  • Mermaids -The mermaids appear in Norse lore as well, and lure unsuspecting seafarers off-course with their beautiful song. Aegir and Ran’s nine wave-daughters are undines or mermaids.
  • Midgardsormr – One of Loki’s children, a serpent that circles Midgard. brother to Hel and the Fenrir-wolf. Thor will kill the snake during Ragnarok. See Iormungand; World Serpent.
  • Mirmir – Mirmir is Bolthorn’s son, Betsla’s brother, and Odin’s mother’s brother. Mimer is a proto-etin (Giant) and the wisest of all beings, holder of all knowledge that has ever existed, who lived by Mimir’s Well. At the end of the war with the Vanirs, Mirmir was sent as a hostage. The Vanirs chopped off his head and sent it back to Asgard. Odin galdored over the head, reviving it, and now it lives in the well. Mirmir is God of all the waters beneath the earth.
  • Mist – The Valkyrie Mist is one of Odin’s two servants. Her major task is to serve the Einheriars in Valhalla of the four kinds of mead that comes from the goat Heidrun. Mist and Hrist bring an ale horn to Odin.
  • Mistblindi – Mistblindi is father to the Ocean Giant Aegir and the Fire Giant Logi.
  • Modgud – The grim skeleton Modgunn is the guardian by the Gjallarbridge bridge that goes over the river Gjoll to the kingdom of death, Hel. She extracts a toll of blood before permitting one to cross. She demands everyone who passes tell their name and family.
  • Modi – Son of Thor and Jarnsaxa. He is very brave. He will survive the Ragnarok with his brother, Magni.
  • Modin – A horse belonging to the Dwarf Dvalin.
  • Modsognir, Durin – Dwarves; the Dwarves were originally maggots but given intelligence by Gods.
  • Modvitnir – A Dwarf.
  • Morkkurkalve – A golum, or Mud-Giant, created by the Jotuns to help Rungnir in his fight with Thor. He is shaped from mud, with a mare’s heart. He is nine miles tall and his chest is three miles wide. He collapsed during the battle.
  • Mundilfari – Father of the beautiful Sun and her brother Moon. The Gods thought Sun and Moon were too beautiful so they put them in the sky.
  • Munin – One of Odin’s two black ravens. Everyday the ravens fly out all over the world, returning and reports what they have seen.

N

  • Nain – A Dwarf.
  • Nanna, Anna, Inanna – Asa-Goddess, wife of Balder, mother of Forseti. She dies of heartache after Balder’s death and is burned with him on his funeral boat, along with his chopped up horse and an unfortunate Dwarf who Thor kicked in at the last minute.
  • Nar – A Dwarf.
  • Narfi – Narfi is son of Loki and Sigyn. Narfi was killed by his brother Vali, who was turned into a wolf. When Loki was punished, the Gods used Narfi’s intestines to bind him onto rocks under a poisonous snake which dripped its venom onto him.
  • Natt , Nott, Night – Natt, a Night-Disir, is the daugher of Norvi. She has been married three times. With Nagifari, her first husband, she had a son, Aud. Her second husband was Annarr, father of her daughter Earth/Erda (Jõrd). With Delling, her third husband, she had a son, Dag/Day. Natt is also the mother of Njord. Natt and Dag circle the world on their horses. Natt’s horse is Hrimfaxi. Dag’s is Skinfaxi.
  • Nehallennia – Great mother of sea and vegetation. Goddess of plenty, seafaring, fishing, fruitfulness. Her symbol is a cornucopia.
  • Nepur – Moon-God. He abducted king Ivaldi’s sons, Bil and Hjuki. as they tried to take mead from their fathers well. He had to release them when Ivaldi caught him as he rode through the underworld.
  • Nerthus – Mother Earth Goddess, primal earth mother. She is the oldest Scandinavian Goddess whose name has come down to us. Some connect her with Frigga. Possibly an older version of Njord (as the opposite sex) or his sister/wife with whom he has Freyr and Freya. She was a fertility Goddess whose worship was centered in Denmark.
  • Nidhoggr – The terrible dragon that guards the Spring of Hvergelmir in Niflheim and gnaws Yggdrasil’s root to the north. Nidhoggr is always arguing with the eagle in the top of the tree.
  • Nidi – A Dwarf.
  • Niorun – Niorun is the Goddess of dreams. The Dwarves call nighttime Dream-Niorun.
  • Njörd, Niord – Vana-God of seafaring. He controls wind, stills sea and fire. He is the son of Nott. He lives in Noatun. His first wife was Nerthus, with whom he had his most famous children, Freyr and Freyja. He had eight more daughters. He was briefly married to Giantess Skadi who picked him for his beautiful feet, by mistake, thinking he was Balder. Njord and Skadi could not agree on where to live. She didn’t like his home, and he didn’t like hers, so they split up.
  • Nordri – The Dwarf Nordri was put in the sky’s north corner by Odin, Vili and Ve. The sky is made out of the Giant Ymir’s head.
  • Norfe – The Giant Norfe is the father of the disir Night. He was the first who built anything in Jotunheim.
  • Nori – A Dwarf.
  • Norn – Usually taken as the singular of the Nornir, the three Disir Fates of Norse myth known as Urdhr, Verdhandi, and Skuld, and representing the past, present and future.The embodiments of ørlög and causality. There are three Norns, Urdhr (that-which-is), Verdhandi (that-which-is-becoming), and Skuld (that-which-should-be) who shape the turnings of Wyrd through the worlds. Each person is also said to have his or her own lesser norns who bring his or her personal weird. These may be related to or identical with the Disir and Valkyrja, who also embody personal ørlög. Also known by the Saxons as the Weird or Wyrd Sisters.
  • Nyi – A Dwarf.
  • Nykur – A Kelpie, a malignant water-elemental, usually in the form of a horse.
  • Nyr – A Dwarf.
  • Nyrad – A Dwarf.

O

  • Od – Od has two beautiful daughters, Hnoss and Gersimi, with the beautiful fertility goddess Freya. This mysterious husband of Freyrja disappeared, and she mourned for him with tears of gold. No reason is ever given for his disappearance other than that he was a “traveller”. The name Od may be another form of the name Odin.
  • Odin, Odhinn, Woden – Ruler of the Æsir, God of the runes, inspiration, shamanism, magic and war. God of the hanged and the Wild Hunt; God of storm, rain and harvest. A shape-shifter, he makes men mad or possessed with a blind raging fury. He produces the battle panic called “battle-fetter”. Odin married Erda/Jörd, with whom he had a son, Thor. With his wife Frigga, he had Hermod, Hodur and Balder. His third wife was Rinda, who bore Vali. Grid is a friendly Giantess who had his son, Vidar. Giantess Gunnlod gave birth to Bragi after Odin spent three nights with her and stole the Mead of Poetry. He was also said to have married Saga, and to have visited her daily in the crystal hall of Sokvabek. His other consorts were Skadi, and the nine undines (the wave-daughters of Aegir and Ran) who bore Odin Heimdall.
  • Odin, Vili, Ve – The three-fold form of Odin as warrior, shaman and wanderer. Sometimes Vili and Ve are referred to as Odin’s “brothers”. Odin (spirit), Vili (will) and Ve (holy) were the sons of Börr (who was son of the Giant Buri) and his wife Bestla, a Giantess (who was daughter of Bolthorn).
  • Oin – A Dwarf.
  • Olrun – A Valkyrie.
  • Olvalde – The father of Tjatsi, Gang and Ide. He lives with Tjatsi in Trymheim. When he died the brothers shared his beer.
  • Onar – A Dwarf.
  • Orchil – Orchil, the Saxon goddess who is under the brown earth, in a vast cavern, where she weaves at two looms. With one hand she weaves life upward through the grass; with the other she weaves death downward through the mould; and the sound of the weaving is Eternity, and the name of it in the Green World is Time. And, through all, Orchil weaves the weft of Eternal Beauty, that passeth not, though her soul is Change.
  • Ori – A Dwarf.
  • Orvandil – A Giant, a Star Hero, first husband of Sif and father of Ullr. (Sif later married Thor).
  • Oski, Óski – A by-name of Odin.
  • Ostara – Saxon lunar goddess. See Eostre.
  • Othr – One of the divine lovers of the Goddess Freya.
  • Otter – Otter is Hreidmar’s son and brother to Fafnir and Regin. He could turn himself into an otter. When he was killed by the Æsir, his father demanded the Nibelunggold as blood-payment. It was given to him, but cursed.

P

  • Phol – Saxon god of male fertility (aspect of Balder).

R

  • Radsvinn – A Dwarf.
  • Ragridr – A Valkyrie.
  • Ran – Vana-Goddess; wife of Aegir, mother of the 9 undines or “daughters of the waves”. She is the Sea Goddess and Goddess of death for those who perish at sea. She collects drowned people in her net. She is unpredictable and malicious.
  • Rana-neidda – A Lapp (Saami) Goddess. She brings spring renewal and grass for the reindeer
  • Randgnid – A Valkyrie.
  • Rándgrídr – A Valkyrie who serves ale to the Einheriar in Valhalla.
  • Ratatosk – The squirrel who lives in Yggdrasil. He runs up and down the trunk carrying insults between the dragon Nidhogg and the eagle who dwells in the top branches.
  • Regin – Dwarf Regin is the son of Hreidmar and brother to Otter and Fafni. He killed his father, and later the dragon Fafnir, with the help of Sigurdr Fafnisbari and his sword Gram, to get the Nibelunggold.
  • Reginleif – A Valkyrie who serves ale to the Einheriar in Valhalla.
  • Rekk – A Dwarf.
  • Rig – A by-name of Heimdall.
  • Rime Giants – Frost Jotuns from the first era after the creation of the world.
  • Rimfaxi, Hrimfaxi – Natt’s horse which runs over the sky every day and dribbles the morningdew in the grass.
  • Rind, Rinda – Rime-Giantess. Primal goddess of the frozen earth. Mother of Vali, by Odin.
  • Ris, Risi – Old Norse the word risi meant a true Giant of great size, capable of intermarrying with humans; they were usually beautiful and good. The jotnar, singular jötunn, had great strength and age. Etins were usually friendly with the Gods. The thursar, singular thurs, were particularly antagonistic, destructive, and stupid.
  • Rist, Hrist – The Valkyrie Rist is one of Odin’s two servants. Her task is to serve the men in Valhalla the never-ceasing four kinds of mead that comes from the goat Heidrun.
  • Roskva – Roskva is an human girl, but she lives in Bilskirnir with Thor and Sif. Tjalfi is her brother and Groa and Egil Skytten are her parents.
  • Róta – Gunnr and Róta, and the youngest norn, called Skuld, ride to choose who shall be slain and to govern the killings.
  • Rungne, Rungnir, Hrungnir – The strongest Giant in Jotunheim. His head is made of stone and so is also his pentagram-shaped heart. He is very boastful. Thor killed him in a fight.
  • Rym – The Storm Giant who controls the rudder on Naglfar, the ship that Hel, the Death Goddess, built using dead people’s nails.

S

  • Sága – Daughter or consort of Odin, one of the Asynjor (female Æsir). She is invoked for recall and memory. She resides by the stream of time and events. She was an attendant to Frigg. Some consider her just an aspect of Frigg. The sagas or songs of history are named for her. She resides by the stream of time and events. Saga was once called Bil.
  • Sanngridr – A Valkyrie.
  • Saxnot – Saxon helper god.
  • Scatach – A Lapp (Saami) Goddess.
  • Seater – Saxon deity of Saturday = Saturn.
  • Serpents and snakes – Countless of these are beneath Yggdrasil along with Nidhogg; some of them are called Goin and Moin (Grafvitnir’s sons), Grabak, Grafvollud, Ofnir, and Svafnir.
  • Siar – A Dwarf.
  • Sif – The second wife of Thor, Sif has the gift of prophecy. Sif is a swan maiden and can assume that form. She signifies summer fertility and corn. Having been married once to Orvandil, she is one of the elder race of Gods. Ullr was her son from that union. Her golden hair was cut off by Loki as a trick, and replaced with hair of gold made by the Dwarves. She gave Thor two sons, Magni (“Might”) and Modi (“Wrath”) who survive Ragnarök.
  • Sigrdrifa – A Valkyrie, one of the Disir.
  • Sigrún – A Valkyrie, one of the Disir.
  • Sigtyr – A by-name of Odin.
  • Sigurdhr Fåvnesbane – Human lover of the Valkyrie Brynhild. He could understand the speech of birds and could shape-shift into wolf form. He killed the dragon Fafnir, and Fafnir’s brother, the smith Regin. He married Gudrun, Gjuke’s daughter, even though he had betrothed himself to Brynhilde.
  • Sigyn, Siguna, Signy – Goddess wife of Loki, whose two sons are Vali and Narfi. When Loki is punished, she stays with him holding a bowl over his face to save him from the snake venom dripping onto him.
  • Sindri – Elf-smith who worked in Asgard. Brokk was his brother.
  • Sinmara – The earth-pale Giantess Sinmara watches the rooster Vidofner. Her magic-wand, Laevatein, which she keeps away from the Giants, is the only thing that can kill the rooster.
  • Sjöfn, Sjofna – Asa-Goddess of love, also known as Vjofn. One of the Asynjor (Æsir Goddess). It was her duty to stop fights between married couples. The Sjofn gives love and sex to both men and women. She is the mistress of the human’s passion and the only one who can arrange for dissallowed couples to be with each other.
  • Skadi – Daughter of the Jotun-Giant Thjatsi. Scathing Goddess of wintertime destruction, she wished to revenge her father that the gods had killed earlier. She is offered an Aesir husband. She desires fair Balder and so chooses the most beautiful pair of feet, which belonged to Njord. They did marry, but it didn’t last because she didn’t like living with the Æsirs. Scandinavia is named after her–the “land of Skadi”. Ullr was her husband after Njord. She may have been the third aspect of Nerthus. She brings the snow which insures a good harvest and she leads the Wild Hunt.
  • Skafinn – A Dwarf.
  • Skamold – A Valkyrie.
  • Skeggjöld, Skegghol – A Valkyrie who serves ale to the Einheriar in Valhalla.
  • Skinfaxi – Dag/Day’s horse, whose shining mane lights the sky and sea.
  • Skirnir – Freyr’s servant. Skirnir rides to Jotunheim to get the Giantess Gerd for him. He gets Freyr’s horse, Blodighofi, as a reward. He was also sent to the world of black-elves and Dwarves to have Gleipnir made.
  • Skirpir – A Dwarf.
  • Skögul – A Valkyrie who serves ale to the Einheriar in Valhalla. Göndul, Hildr and Skögul, are the most noble Valkyries in Asgard. Their task is to choose the men permitted to go to Valhalla. She is often associated with war magic.
  • Skoll – One of the two fierce wolves who pursued the sun and moon. The other is Hati.Their object was to swallow them so that the world might again be enveloped in its primeval darkness. Skoll is the wolf that chases the lightdisir Sun and her two horses. Hati runs in front of her. When nature dies before Ragnarok, Skoll finally gets to eat Sun. Skoll and Hati are sons of the Giantess of Iron Wood and Fenrir-wolf.
  • Skrymir – Utgard-Loki in huge Giant-form. Thor and his companions slept in his glove.
  • Skuld – One of the Great Norns. Gunnr and Róta and the youngest Norn, called Skuld, are Valkyries, who ride to choose who shall be slain and to govern the killings. With the other Fates, Skuld sits at the Urdawell spinning threads about the human’s future. The other Norns are Urdhr and Verdhandi.
  • Sleipnir – The eight-legged horse who conveyed Odin between the realms of spirit and matter and was symbolic of Time. He is faster and more clever than all the horses in the world.He can gallop over land, sea, or through the air. Sleipnir was the child of Loki (in female form) and a Giant stallion, Svadilfari. He is the father of Grane.
  • Slidrugtanni – One of the two boars that drags the fertility God Freyr’s wagon. The other boar is Gullinbursti, who with his golden bristle, is able to lit up the darkest night.
  • Snotra – Goddess of women’s gentle wisdom and good manners. The Goddess of virtue and master of all knowledge. She knows the value of self-discipline.
  • Sól – The brilliant Sun Goddess mentioned in the Merseburger poems. Daughter of Munifauri , sister of Mani, wife of Glen. Rider of the chariot drawn by Alsvid and Arvak, carrier of the shield Svalin. Also known as Gull. Gull and Sol are often interchangeable so she may be an aspect of Gullveig. Most commentators seem to agree that Gullveig is identical with Freya. See also Sunna.
  • Sudri – The Dwarf Sudri was put in the sky’s south corner by Odin, Vili and Ve. The sky is made out of the Giant Ymir’s head.
  • Sunna – Daughter of the lightdisir, Sol and Glen. She will succeed her mother when Sol is consumed by the wolf Skoll.
  • Surt – An evil Fire Giant who guards the gates of Muspell and rules the fiery beings there. He carries a flaming sword. His hair is burning and boiling lava covers his body. He will kill Freyr in Ragnarok.
  • Suttung – The Giant who guards the Mead of Poetry. Suttung, son of Gilling, got the Mead of Poetry from the Dwarves Fjalar and Galar when he was avenging the murder of his parents.
  • Svadilfari – A stallion which belonged to a Rock Giant. Svadilfari is a very strong horse and helped build the Asgard wall. He mated with Loki (who had shape-shifted into the form of a mare) and produced Sleipnir.
  • Svafa, Sváva – A Valkyrie.
  • Svanhvit – A Valkyrie.
  • Svartalfr, Svartalfar – Dwarves, or Black Elves; also known as Dvergar. They were created by the gods out of the maggots that crawled through the flesh of the slain Ymir. They are very clever smiths, who forged Freyja’s necklace, Thor’s hammer, Sif’s golden hair, Freyr’s ship, and a hoard of other treasures for the golds. Their dwelling, Svartalfheim is beneath Midgardhr’s surface, and it is there that they hoard their gold and jewels. The Kobolds of the German mines may be classed as Svartalfar, as may all of the knocking spirits heard in subterranean works.
  • Sváva – Sváva is a Valkyrie that once fell in love with Helge, the son of a king. Their story is tragic. Helge was mortally wounded and the couple died together.
  • Sveid – A Valkyrie.
  • Svin – Wild boar, formidable opposition.
  • Svipull – A Valkyrie.
  • Syn – Guardian Goddess of doorways and of love. An attendant of Frigga, Syn guarded the door of Frigga’s palace, refusing to open it to those who were not allowed to come in. When she had once shut the door upon a would-be intruder no appeal would prevail to change her decision. She therefore presided over all tribunals and trials, and whenever a thing was to be vetoed the usual formula was to declare that Syn was against it.
  • Syr – An aspect of Freya as the Golden Sow.

T

  • Tanngnidr – A Valkyrie.
  • Tandgnistr – One of the two he-goats that pulled Thor’s wagon. If Thor slaughters it, it will be alive agaom the next morning as long as the bones are intact.
  • Tandgrisner – One of the two he-goats that pulled Thor’s wagon. If Thor slaughters it, it will be alive the next morning as long as the bones are intact.
  • Thekk – A Dwarf.
  • Thialfi and Roskva – They became Thor’s bondservants after laming his goat by taking its bone-marrow.
  • Thiassi, Thjatsi, Thiazi – Thjatsi is a very rich and very stingy Giant. He is father of Skadi and they live together with his father Olvalde. Gang and Ide are his brothers. Thjatsi is a shapeshifter.
  • Thicksole – Thicksole is Odin’s son Vidar’s thick and heavy iron-shoes. With these he manages to kill the Fenrir wolf in Ragnarok. The shoes are made of left-over leather pieces that shoemakers have thrown away.
  • Thjodrerir – A Dwarf mentioned in passing in one of the Runatál charms.
  • Thogn – A Valkyrie.
  • Thokk – Loki in disguise as a Giantess, who would not weep for Balder, thus preventing his return from Hel.
  • Thor, Thorr, Thunar, Donar – Asa-God, son of Odin and Jord, Hammer-God of thunder and lightening, agriculture and craftsmanship. Thor also is the God of defense and strength. His magic hammer is known as Mjöllnir (“Destroyer”). He is champion of the Gods and enemy of the Giants and Trolls; protector of the common man.
  • Thorgerd, Thorgerdr – A Finnish Goddess later called aTroll. She used magic to call thunder, lightning and hail. Fertility goddess of Halogaland, north Norway.
  • Thorin, Throin, Thror – Names of Dwarves.
  • Thrima – A Valkyrie.
  • Thrud, Thrudr – A Valkyrie who serves ale to the Einheriar in Valhalla. Thrud is Thor and Sif’s very strong daughter. The Dwarf Alvis demanded to marry her, but Thor tricked him.
  • Thrudgelmir – The father of all Giants. His father is Ymir, the prehistoric Giant who was created when the cow Audhumbla licked at a saltstone. He is the father of Bergelmir.
  • Thrym – The ruler of the Giants, who is utterly hard-hearted and an avowed enemy of Thor. He is the Giant who stole Mjollnir and demanded Freya as his wife.
  • Thunor – Saxon name for Thor.
  • Thurs (plural is Thurses or  Thursar) – A “giant” characterized by great strength and age, e.g., the rime-thurses or “frost giants”. Giants were renowned for their witlessness and strength. They were antagonistic, destructive, and stupid.
  • Tiwaz – Saxon god of battle and victory, also known as Tyr, Tig, Teiwa.
  • Tjalfi – A skillful runner, Tjalfi is not an Æsir, but a human boy. He lives in Bilskirnir with Thor and Sif. Roskva is his sister, and Groa and Egil Skytten, his parents. Tjalfi personifies the arrow.
  • Trivaldi – A Giant with nine heads and three necks. He was killed by Thor, who split each his heads with an axe.
  • Troll – A malevolent Earth spirit, an ugly, mean-spirited being with magical powers.
  • Trym – Trym is a Giant who once stole Mjollnir and held it hostage, demanding to have Freya as his bride. Thor fooled him, freed Freya, and got Mjollnir back.
  • Tvisto – Saxon ancestor god of northern Europeans.
  • Tyr, Tiu, Tiwaz, Tiw, Ziu – Asa-God of defense and victory, the bravest of the Gods. Giver of victory in battle against odds; he is never deceitful. He presides over law, legal contracts, assemblies of the people for judicial matters. He lost his hand in the jaws of Fenrir wolf. He is sometimes referred to as the son of Odin and Frigga, but sometimes is referred to as an older God who preceded Odin.

U

  • Ulfhednar – Warriers who took the shape of wolves in battle. See Berzerker.
  • Ullr, Uller, Ull, Wulder – Winter God of archery, skiing and yew magic. Stepson of Thor, from a previous union between Sif and Orvandil, a star hero. This puts Ullr among the Vanir. His name means “The Brilliant One” and he is associated with the Aurora Borealis. He has been identified as a very archaic God of death in Norway. At some time in history, Ullr was held to be just as important as Odin, and in winter he was considered to be the ruler in Asgard.
  • Unn – One of Aegir and Ran’s nine wave daughters who are said to be the mothers of Heimdall, the guardian of the Bifrost bridge.
  • Urdhr, Verdhandi, Skuld – The Great Norns who shape men’s lives for better or worse
  • Urdhr, Urdu, Urd – One of the Great Norns. Urdhr, the oldest Fate, sits at the Urdawell by Yggdrasil’s root to the south, and spins life-threads with a silver distaff. Her threads involves the humans past.
  • Utgardh-Loki – Giant King of a castle in Utgard, who tested Thor and companions in competitions and cheated. Utgardaloki is Elli’s grandson.

V

  • Vafthruthnir – Wisest of the Giants. Odin visited him to see if he really was that smart. Vavtrudnir failed the last question and lost his head.
  • Váli – In some sources, the twin brother of Vidar. In other sources, he is the youngest of Odin’s sons, by the Giantess Rind, and was born for the express purpose of avenging Balder’s death since the Gods could not kill one of their own. When he was only one night old, he killed Hodur. He is bold in battles, and an excellent archer. He will be one of the seven Æsir to survive the Ragnarok.
  • Valfather – By-name of Odin.
  • Valkyrja, Valkyries (pl. Valkyrjur) – Disir sent by Odin into battle to select those who would go to Valhalla, lead by Freya. They are sometimes referred to as “shield-maidens” or “corpse-goddesses”. They have raven and swan forms, and are sometimes seen by men as the Aurora Borealiis, flickering light caused by reflections on their armor. They choose among the slain and bring fertility to the earth. The Valkyries also serve as Odin’sm messengers and servants.
  • Vanadis – Another title for Freya. See Dis, Vanir.
  • Vanir – The race of Gods corresponding to the fertility, prosperity, eroticism functions. The Old Norse Gods and Goddesses of the family which centered around Njord, Freyr and Freya. They tend on the whole to be more gentle and concerned with matters of nature and fertility than the Æsir. After a long war with the Æsir, they all exchanged hostages and lived in peace. The Vanir who came to the Æsir camp became assimilated into the Æsir, while retaining their special characteristics.
  • Vár – Goddess of awareness. Var personifies an idealized concept of truth and honesty. Var and Vor were handmaidens of Frigga with Eir, and are invoked to witness oaths and to punish oathbreakers. Goddess of love-vows, she listens to (and punishes those who break) agreements between men and women. Newly married couples say her name when they take each other’s hands.
  • Vavtrudne – A very wise Jotun whom Odin once managed to trick. The poem Vavtrudnemål tells of this feat.
  • – Odin’s brother. Also one of Odin’s names (Odin-Vili-Vé).
  • Vedfolnir – The hawk that lives between the eyes of the eagle Hraesvelg in the top of Yggdrasil. He is the highest placed creature in the world.
  • Veraldargod – An aspect of Freyr.
  • Veratyr – A by-name of Odin.
  • Verdhandi, Verdandi – One of the Great Norns. The Fate Verdhandi spins the humans’ life-threads with her hands. Her threads are about the present. She lives with the other Fates at the Urdawell. Verdhandi is the present participle of the verb verda, and so means “that which is becoming”, i.e. “the present”.
  • Vestri – The Dwarf Vestri was put in the sky’s west corner by Odin, Vili and Ve. The sky is made out of the Giant Ymir’s head.
  • Vidar – Twin of Váli, son of Odin and the Giantess Rind. He will avenge Odin’s death by slaying the Wolf at Ragnarok, and will survive to become one of the new Gods. Known as the silent As, he is a source of support to Gods in danger.
  • Vidofner – The rooster that lives in Yggdrasil. He is watched by Sinmara with her Laevatein, the only thing that can kill him.
  • Vig – A Dwarf.
  • Vili – Odin’s brother; alternately, one of Odin’s names (Odin-Vili-Vé). He gave the humans thought and motion. He is identified with Hoenir by some and only as a part of Odin by others.
  • Vindalf – A Dwarf.
  • Vindonnus – Saxon tutelary god of Vienna. By-name for Woden (Odin).
  • Virpir – A Dwarf.
  • Vitr – A Dwarf.
  • Vjofn, also known as Sjöfn or Sjofna – An attendant to Frigga, Vjofní’s duty was to incline obdurate hearts to love, to maintain peace and concord among mankind, and to reconcile quarreling husbands and wives.
  • Volund, Volundr, Weland, Wayland, Wieland – “Wonder Smith”; Saxon smith deity, a supreme craftsman. A Shape-shifter associated with horses. Volund was a skillful smith who had forged both the magic ring Andvaranut and the sword Gram. Represents strength, cunning, skill, healing, horses, magic, metal working.
  • Vor – One of the handmaidens of Frigga, with Var and Eir. Var and Vor are invoked to witness oaths and to punish oathbreakers. Vor is wise and inquiring, and nothing can be concealed from her.

W

  • Walburga – Saxon Moon-Goddess whose festival is May Eve, Walpurgis Night.
  • Waldh – Frisian Forest-God of healing.
  • Wan, Wans, Wanes, Vanr, Vanir – Gods and Goddesses of earth, water, and hidden wisdom.
  • Wight – A being or entity of any kind with some living quality.
  • Wilbet – Saxon Moon-Goddess.
  • Wild Hunt – The Wild Hunt is a spectral phenomenon where Woden (Odin) and Giantess Skadi lead a band of the homeless dead across the sky to the terror of anyone who witnesses it. This is seen as a pack of dogs with attendant huntsmen in full cry. The hunters ride black horses, and are attended by black hounds with staring hideous eyes. The Wild Hunt does not ride from the middle of May until the end of June, a 42 day period corresponding with the 42 by-names of Odin
  • Witte Wijven – Frisian wise women who practiced healing, divination and magic. They lived in special shamanic lodges or earth houses.
  • Woden – Saxon name of Odin.
  • World Serpent – See Iormungand. Also known as Jormungand and Midgardsormr.
  • World Tree – See Yggdrasil.
  • Wotan – Germanic/Teutonic name for Odin.

Y

  • Yarthkin – A harmful earth-sprite.
  • Ygg – A by-name of Odin.
  • Yggdrasil – Yggdrasil, the World-Tree, the chief center or holy place of Gods, which has branches spread all all over the worlds and sky. Sometimes called “Hodmimir’s wood” or “Mirmir’s Tree”.
  • Ymir –  The primal being, created by the first meeting of fire and ice in Ginnungagap, who drank milk from the cow Audhumbla. He was the first Frost Giant, from whose slain body the world was created and from whom all the jotun-kind (and most of the Gods) descend.

Z

  • Ziu – Sky God, also called Tyr.

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