Æsir Explained

An article written by Lee Sonogan

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“Loki was now captured, and with no thought of mercy he was taken to a cave. They [the Æsir] took three flat stones and, setting them on their edges, broke a hole through each of them. Then they caught Loki’s sons, Vali and Nari or Narfi. The Æsir changed Vali into a wolf, and he ripped apart his brother Narfi. Next the Æsir took his guts, and with them they bound Loki on to the top of the three stones – one under his shoulders, a second under his loins and the third under his knees. The fetters became iron. ‘Then Skadi took a poisonous snake and fastened it above Loki so that its poison drips on to his face. But Sigyn, his wife, placed herself beside him from where she holds a bowl to catch the drops of venom. When the bowl becomes full, she leaves to pour out the poison, and at that moment the poison drips on to Loki’s face. He convulses so violently that the whole earth shakes – it is what is known as an earthquake. He will lie bound there until Ragnarok.” ― Snorri Sturluson, The Prose Edda

Æsir or Aesir is the collective name of the race of gods deep in Viking mythology. Steeming from Norse paganism, it originated against the Christianization of Scandinavia during the time of these warriors roamed and raided as they pleased. Under the leadership of the all-father (AKA Odin), many other divine beings of their own particular subjects were known. Entering the mainstream media in countless projects, religious tellings of this are interesting.

Just like the bible, whatever material from the past documenting rulers over mortals, this history has its own cultural implications. Before the concept of space, there are comments of a tree of life as the universe. Dimensional in the various description, the Asgard capital city is one of them. Reading Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, a lot of the tales are fictional like containing a lot of meaning based on real poetry and ECT.

  • Odin
  • Balder (god of beauty)
  • Bragi (god of eloquence)
  • Forseti (god of mediation)
  • Freyr (god of fertility, who originally was from the Vanir)
  • Heimdall (guardian of the bridge)
  • Hod (the blind god)
  • Loki (the trickster of the gods)
  • Njord (the sea god, and another ex-Vanir)
  • Thor (god of thunder)
  • Tyr (god of war)
  • Vili (brother to Odin)
  • Ve (brother to Odin)
  • Vidar (Odin’s son)
  • Freya (the fertility goddess)
  • Frigga (Odin’s wife)
  • Sif (Thor’s wife)
  • Idun (keeper of the apples of youth)

Then the show Vikings talks about these gods but offers a more realistic portrayal. For more information to look up, The Aesir/Vanir war is one of the most interesting stories passed down. And an assortment of manipulation and consuming of mead in between. overall I feel I have clearly defined the Aesir, being no copyright concepts, anyone could use its elements for being creative as well.



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