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The Æsir are the main gods of Norse mythology. They include Odin, Frigg, Thor, Baldur and Tyr. A second family of gods, the Vanir, is also a part in the Norse mythology. This group includes the god Njord and his children, Freyr and Freyja. These gods joined the Æsir as hostages after a war between Æsir and Vanir. The Æsir gods are usually connected with power and war.
The things that happened between the Æsir and the Vanir are an interesting part of Norse mythology. Most mythologies have "older" and "younger" families of gods. The Æsir and Vanir were shown as near the same age as each other. The two groups of gods fought each other, made treaties, and traded hostages. Freyr and Freyja were said to be hostages. Some think that things that happened between the Æsir and Vanir are the same things which were common to different Norse clans at the time.
List of Æsir
- Baldur — god of radiance
- Frigg — chief goddess
- Heimdall — the watchman and guardian of the Bifrost
- Höðr — blind god of darkness
- Iðunn — goddess of youth
- Loki — the trickster, blood-brother to Odin
- Odin — leader, god of wisdom and war
- Sif — golden-haired wife of Thor
- Thor — god of thunder
- Týr — one-handed god of battle and bravery
- Ull — the hunter, tracker and archer
- Viðarr — god of silence, stealth, and revenge