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The Aesir are the principal pantheon of gods in Norse mythology. They include many of the major figures, such as Odin, Frigg, and Thor. It should, however, be noted that a second clan of gods, the Vanir, is also mentioned in the Norse mythos; the gods Freyr and Freya are Vanir gods living among the Aesir. Collectively, all of these godlike beings are known as the Asa. As, Ase and Áss may be used to described a single male member of the Aesir.

The interaction between the Aesir and the Vanir is an interesting aspect of Norse mythology. While other cultures have had "elder" and "younger" families of gods, as with the Titans versus the Olympians of ancient Greece, the Aesir and Vanir were portrayed as contemporary. The two clans of gods fought battles, concluded treaties, and exchanged hostages (Frey and Freya are mentioned as such hostages). It is tempting to speculate that the interactions described as occurring between Aesir and Vanir reflect the types of interaction common to various Norse clans at the time.

The Aesir stayed forever young by eating the golden apples of Idun.


  1. Andhrimnir
  2. Balder
  3. Bragi
  4. Forseti
  5. Freya
  6. Freyr
  7. Frigg
  8. Heimdall
  9. Hod
  10. Honir
  11. Idun
  12. Loki
  13. Njord
  14. Odin
  15. Sif
  16. Thor
  17. Tyr
  18. Vali
  19. Ve
  20. Vidar
  21. Vili

See also: Wotan

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